Posh want cup glory
Peterborough United manager Steve Evans reacted to a first away defeat of the League One season, a poor performance and dropping out of the automatic promotion places in typically bullish fashion.
Posh went down 1-0 at Wycombe last Saturday to a wicked deflection from a free-kick midway through the secondhalf.
The defeat and a win for Sunderland at Plymouth dropped Posh into third place, but Evans remains confident his side will ultimately be successful.
“When we were assembling a completely new squad in July we would never have predicted we would be third so close to the top two at this stage of the season,” Evans stated. “We said then that we hoped to stay in touch with the promotion pack before kicking on in January.
“I believe that will still happen. We are just that bit closer to the top now than we expected which is obviously a good thing.
“With so many new players inconsistency was always going to be an issue and we’ve seen that in the last couple of matches.
“When we won at Burton it was like watching two completely different sides. We were excellent for an hour and then not so good for the last 30 minutes.
“Unfortunately we took the poor form into the Wycombe game and paid the penalty.
“We still should have won. We created the better opportunities, but we didn’t take them and lost to a lucky goal. the next one.
“At the end of the day we played badly at Wycombe. There is no hiding that.”
Evans used his post-match press conference to publicly criticise Godden. He insists he would do the same again to any player he felt was underperforming.
“Let’s get things straight,” Evans added. “I believe in letting the Posh fans know what the manager thinks about a performance after a game.
“I would sign Matt Godden again tomorrow. He has done great things this season which have won him praise. He’s a top player which is why I was angry when he didn’t convert his scoring chance.
“Criticism comes with the territory these days.
“I was told my chairman described our performance at Wycombe as ‘atrocious’ on social media on Saturday night.
“That’s a criticism of me as I am the head of this team, but he wasn’t wrong so I can hardly complain.
“My attitude is to work even harder in the next game and earn some praise. It’s the same with my players.”
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony took to social media to express his opinion on the performance.
MacAnthony said: “We were atrocious, but it happens and we will bounce back as we have honest lads who know that sort of performance didn’t cut the mustard.”
Wycombe players celebrate the only goal of the game against Posh.