Posh want cup glory

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

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.

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