Posh stick­ing to­gether

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

Grant Mc­Cann ad­mit­ted the lat­est League One de­feat hurt.

The Posh boss felt his side de­served at least to draw and pos­si­bly even win Satur­day’s clash at Scun­htorpe so to lose 2-1 was sick­en­ing.

“I am hurt­ing for the fans,” Mc­Cann stated. “The play­ers are hurt­ing and so am I, but it’s the sup­port­ers I feel for the most as they should have trav­elled home cel­e­brat­ing a vic­tory.”

Mc­Cann blamed in­di­vid­ual er­rors and lapses in con­cen­tra­tion for the lat­est set­back.

Posh con­ceded two goals in the fi­nal 10 min­utes, the sec­ond from a penalty af­ter a dis­as­trous back­pass from An­drew Hughes.

Hughes had ear­lier fired Posh in front with his first goal of the sea­son.

Posh have picked up just one point from their last five League One matches.

They are now 10th in League One with a home game against un­beaten lead­ers Shrews­bury up next.

Mc­Cann added: “For the most part we were very good at Scun­thorpe, but in­di­vid­ual er­rors and lapses in con­cen- tra­tion have killed us.

“We should have man­aged the game bet­ter from 1-0 up. In­stead we con­ceded an equaliser af­ter a player dived in and let an op­po­nent go by him and we didn’t mark the striker in the penalty area.

“And then we con­ceded a penalty out of noth­ing. (Goal­keeper) Jonathan Bond shouldn’t have tried to play out from the back and ob­vi­ously An­drew Hughes then played a poor back­pass.

“It’s about mak­ing the right de­ci­sions and play­ers sim­ply do­ing their jobs.

“You never see our ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like Steven Tay­lor or An­thony Grant mak­ing a mis­take. The oth­ers play­ers need to learn from them.

“I can teach the play­ers how to pass a ball or how to cre­ate a scor­ing chance, but con­cen­tra­tion comes from within.

“And that goes for when we are at­tack­ing as well. We switched off af­ter we scored and wasted some good at­tack­ing po­si­tions.

“We should have been three up at half-time. We got into great at­tack­ing po­si­tions, but wasted them.”

Posh were ir­ri­tated by a cou­ple of ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions by Mark Heywood.

Home mid­fielder Neal Bishop ap­peared to be given two fi­nal warn­ings in the sec­ond half af­ter col­lect­ing a first-half cau­tion.

And Jack Mar­riott ap­peared to be fouled in the penalty area in added time, but Heywood waved Posh ap­peals away.

“100 per cent Bishop should have been sent off for the foul on An­thony Grant,” Mc­Cann added.

“He said he slipped, but I’ve played against Bishop and he knew what he was do­ing. He’s clever.

“I haven’t seen the Mar­riott in­ci­dent back, but it looked like the player went through Mar­riott to get the ball.

“If it wasn’t a penalty it was a cor­ner and yet he gave a goal­kick which rather sums things up for us right now.

“But they are not ex­cuses for de­feat. I will pick the play­ers up again ready to go again next week­end.”

Cen­tre-back Ryan Tafa­zolli missed Satur­day’s game be­cause of in­jury, but should be back on Satur­day.

Mid­fielder Chris For­rester was given time off to visit his young daugh­ter in Ire­land.

‘In­di­vid­ual er­rors and lapses in con­cen­tra­tion have killed us’

An­drew Hughes cel­e­brates his Posh goal at Scun­thorpe.

Posh mid­fielder Jer­main An­der­son in ac­tion for Posh at Scun­thorpe.

Grant Mc­Cann felt Scun­thorpe’s Neal Bishop should have been sent off

Cen­tre-back Ryan Tafa­zolli missed the game be­cause of in­jury

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