Grant keeps faith

Posh - A knock­out blow won’t lead to panic sta­tions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

Peter­bor­ough United man­ager Grant McCann won’t be pan­icked into changes in per­son­nel or play­ing for­ma­tion.

One bad re­sult against Bar­net in the Carabao Cup on Tues­day had fans clam­our­ing for the aban­don­ment of McCann’s pre­ferred 3-4-1-2 sys­tem.

But McCann said: “I have great faith in my play­ers and I have great faith in the way I want to play.

“We did look more dan­ger­ous when we switched for­ma­tions for the sec­ond half againt Bar­net, but I know I have the play­ers who can make 3-4-12 work.

“We’ve only played two games and we played very well in the first of them.

“We made changes for the Bar­net game, but it was a slug­gish start by the play­ers and not the sys­tem that caused us prob­lems.”

Posh opened their League One cam­paign with a 2-1 home win over Ply­mouth last week­end be­fore los­ing 3-1 to League Two side Bar­net in the cup.

Posh travel to Bris­tol Rovers for their first away game of the sea­son on Satur­day.

Peter­bor­ough United man­ager Grant McCann ad­mit­ted his side got ex­actly what they de­served from the first week of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion at the ABAX Sta­dium.

McCann in­sisted Posh were wor­thy 2-1 win­ners over Ply­mouth in their open­ing League One match last Satur­day, but ac­cepted they were beaten by a su­pe­rior side when bow­ing out of the Carabao Cup at the first round stage to League Two side Bar­net.

McCann made three changes to his start­ing lineup for the game against the Bees, but re­fused to use that as an ex­cuse for a poor per­for­mance.

“I was sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed the ab­sence of two ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in Steven Tay­lor and An­thony Grant caused so much con­fu­sion,” McCann stated. “It was a very dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance and we won’t shy away from the fact we de­served to be beaten.

“I could tell from the first minute we were not at the races. We played as though we had made it as foot­ballers al­ready and that this game would be easy for us.

“The club wanted a Carabao Cup run, but it’s gone now and we will make sure we do well in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy and in the FA Cup, but most im­por­tantly of all, we will do well in League One.

“We de­served to beat Ply­mouth. I was pleased with the way we stood up to a strong team who have been used to win­ning over the last cou­ple of sea­sons.

“We were cruis­ing at 2-0 up, but once they scored we had to man­age the game well.

“And we did. I was con­fi­dent that this group of play­ers would stand firm and not con­cede again which wasn’t the case against Bar­net.

“The things we did well against Ply­mouth, like show­ing ag­gres­sion, win­ning sec­ond balls and track­ing run­ners, we just didn’t do very well at all against Bar­net.

“It’s im­pos­si­ble for play­ers to think they can just switch on and off when they feel like it. At this level you have to be on it for ev­ery minute of ev­ery game or you get pun­ished as Bar­net proved.

“We cre­ated plenty of chances in the sec­ond half which was a pos­i­tive, but Bar­net de­served to win.”

McCann gave com­pet­i­tive de­buts to Tay­lor, Danny Lloyd, Michael Doughty, Jack Mar­riott, Jonathan Bond, Idris Kanu and Alex Penny in the open­ing two fix­tures of the cam­paign.

Alex Penny made his Posh de­but against Ply­mouth.

Steven Tay­lor missed the Carabao Cup tie.

McCann: “You can’t just switch on and off when you feel like it.”

PIC­TURE: DAVID LOWNDES

Posh blow it. Grant McCann af­ter Tues­day night’s cup de­feat.

Posh mid­fielder An­thony Grant is in the thick of things against Ply­mouth.

Gwion Ed­wards shoots and scores for Posh against Bar­net.

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