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Upon This Rock: What Has Happened?!

At the start of September I wrote a piece on how great the start was for Peterborough and now nearly two months later I’m asking what has gone wrong, Football for you right there.

A month ago, Peterborough got a huge 3-2 win over Wigan which put them in second in the league. Since then the Posh has got one point from six games and have dropped to 10th in the league.

Defending has always been Peterborough’s problem in history, but the attacking side has always helped them out with this, for the past few games though Peterborough haven’t looked the same going forward, Marriott is still scoring for them and has still looked great but Marriott has scored three out of the last five goals Peterborough has scored over the course of those six games. They are creating the chances but they aren’t as prolific as they were at the start of the season.

The defending needs to change as well, with the side only having three clean sheets all season and the last coming in the 2-0 win over MK Dons, so for them to start to improve their current form they need to start to focus on defending first then look to go forward with the players they have.

Junior Morias being sidelined for five months is also a big blow for Grant McCann’s side as he helped improve the attack in the side and created a lot of chances for the side and since he came off injured at Oldham the side hasn’t looked the same so they need to look at filling the void he has left.

Let us know what you think Posh fans, what needs to improve at Peterborough?

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Upon This Rock: Only One Jack Marriott

Peterborough have always been a very attacking team and have always had a great striker in the squad. After the departure of Conor Washington in January 2016 the Posh hasn’t had a striker that had the position on lockdown. With the addition of Jack Marriott has that all changed?

Over the summer Grant McCann has added a lot of talent up top with the likes of Ricky Miller, Danny Lloyd and Idris Kanu from the National League, the biggest name to come in up front over the summer is Jack Marriott. Marriott came from Luton Town for around £450,000 on a four year deal.

With Marriott being one of the biggest signing the Posh made over the summer there was a lot of expectation on the new striker and he has had a great start to life in League 1 and seems to be the name you’d expect to see on the Posh starting line-up each and every week. Marriott has scored 9 goals in 11 games for the Posh so far this season and if this continues he could help lead them to a play-off push by the end of the season.

Marriott won Player of the Month for August for his efforts as well which shows how much of a factor he has been for the team at the start of the season and it seems that he looks to keep scoring he told the BBC, “We’re building to promotion, we want to finish as champions,” showing he has big ambitions for the club and being at the club as a whole, if he keeps the form up that he’s had since the start of the season I don’t see why not.

Marriott also takes inspiration from a big name in the footballing world, “We’re both quite small, there’s not many people I’d be able to model my game on,” Marriott told the Daily Mail when he mentioned about taking inspiration from Sergio Aguero. It’s a big player to be inspired by and you can see in the way he plays that he has adapted a lot of his game and if he can keep playing the way he is I don’t see why he couldn’t become a great player for Peterborough.

With McAnthony having a history of selling strikers as well the question is if Marriott keeps his form up how long will he stay a Peterborough United player? I know it’s early to talk about it but with it being a part of the Posh’s history it will be coming into question soon maybe as soon as January.

Tell us what you think about Marriott Posh fans and if you think he’ll keep this form up.

Upon This Rock: Oldham Away Days

Heading into this match you’d think Peterborough would have an advantage with them being in 2nd and Oldham rock bottom of League 1. Oldham played very well to stunt the Posh’s recent form with two goals from Eion Doyle and one from Dan Gardner to give the home side a 3-2 over them.

This match shows that a form guide won’t help you in the lower leagues, on paper Oldham should have been outclassed, with Peterborough off the back of a big win at home to Wigan and sit in second three points behind Shrewsbury. This was also Oldham’s first game without John Sheridan who left the club the day before after poor results.

The first half of the game wasn’t great from either side, Peterborough passed the ball around well and Oldham created a few good chances but the first half wasn’t exactly great. The only talking point is Junior Morias going off injured with a thigh problem 37 minutes in after being clipped during a challenge.

The second half burst into life straight away and the home side took the lead after Jack Byrne’s shot was sent directly into the path of a waiting Eion Doyle who scored from the second chance effort. Poor possession from Peterborough allowed this goal and it was only the start of a shaky defensive display.

The away side got back into it after Marcus Maddison scored from the spot after he was brought down by Brian Wilson who got sent off for the foul, Oldham, who looked strong defensively had a slip up at the back which allowed Maddison in past the defence before being brought down. The Posh looked like they could take the lead for most of the second half after Wilson was sent off, some great attacking possessions from the Posh during the entire second half.

The match reached the final 10 minutes and Oldham retook the lead after Eion Doyle fed a pass to Dan Gardner who seemed to have all the time in the world to shot and scored past the Posh. From my view you could see the goal unfurling in front from the moment Peterborough lost the ball, no one picked up men and the defence looked all over the place.

It got worse for Posh fans when Doyle got his brace to make it 3-1, Abdelhakim Omrani waltzed past two Posh players while he was keeping the ball in the corner and his low cross into the box was met by Doyle who added misery to the away fans, Peterborough needed to be stronger here the defence let them in too easily and got punished for it.

With the game winding down we got eight, yes eight minutes, of added time after the sending off and Oldham players using full use of the clock, with this Posh fans would have thought there was a chance, especially when Jack Marriott scored from 8 yards out with just two minutes gone of added time. Even with the pressure, Posh put on at the end Oldham held on for the win.

A disappointing game for Peterborough but a confidence boost for Oldham under Richie Wellens, sometimes a new manager can rejuvenate a squad and that is exactly what has happened here, Oldham head to Portsmouth this weekend and will look for a similar result down on the south coast, for Peterborough though they will look to bounce back at home to Oxford.

Checkatrade Trophy: Is The Format Working?

Last season the EFL brought in a new format for the old Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and really it hasn’t helped teams in lower leagues. The new format encourages teams in the Premier League and the Championship to submit an Under 21’s squad into the competition. So is this format still a good idea?

The final of last season’s Checkatrade trophy was between Coventry and Oxford and broke the attendance record for the competition with 74,434, but all of last season the attendance figures at games across the competition was still low, Peterborough United as an example had an attendance of 1696 at their game against Norwich Academy which is a 4,000 less then their average attendance last season.

Last season as well clubs got fined for not fielding full strength squads,  on the 16th November Luton Town and Portsmouth were fined £15,000 for breaching this rule for all three of their group games, whereas Bradford, Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, MK Dons, Millwall, Charlton, Peterborough, Sheffield United and Southend all got fined £3,000 and Fleetwood were fined £5,000. That doesn’t sound like a lot to big clubs but in lower levels it is a lot to those clubs.

The group format is a nice new addition to the competition but for me I think if you took out participation from the Under 21’s it would be a good competition for lower league clubs and will hopefully increase ticket sales for the clubs as that can help boost finances. They also need to remove the full strength squad rule as fining teams for putting different squads out isn’t fair on teams that need to make sure people in their team stay fit and get a chance to show what they’re worth.

*Feature image courtesy of EFL.com*

 

Match Preview: Peterborough United v MK Dons

Big match on Tuesday for Posh fans, after the defeat at home to Bradford at the weekend Peterborough will be looking to bounce back against their rivals, MK Dons on Tuesday night.

MK have won three of the last five meetings between the two sides, two of those have come at London Road, the only exceptions are a 2-0 loss at StadiumMK and a 3-2 thriller in 2014, last time the Dons came to London Road they smashed the Posh 4-0 with goals from Harvey Barnes, Kieran Agard and a brace from Chuks Aneke.

MK come into this game only winning two of their last five games, the 1-0 win against Plymouth at the weekend and 2-0 against Brighton Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy, they sit 15th in League 1 with only seven points from six games only scoring four goals in those six games as well.

This is a huge match for both sides like any derby the intensity will be turned up for this fixture, MK will want to use this to help bring them up the table and start closing the gap to their rivals as Posh sit 3rd at the moment and MK are 15th, Posh will want to bounce back after the lose at the weekend and will want to avoid losing three in a row against the Dons.

Robbie Neilson had a huge overhaul of his team over the summer as well bringing in 19 new players with the likes of Osman Sow, Aidan Nesbitt and Ethan Ebanks-Landell coming in to help out their squad for the new campaign.

If anything I’m sure this match will have a lot of attacking football from both sides, as Posh showed at the weekend even in defeat they create a lot of chances so if anything is to go by it’s one of the highest scoring teams in the league against one of the lowest but as we’ve seen it happen many times before anything can happen in a derby.

Possible scores, 3-0 Posh or 4-1 Posh.

Peterborough and MK Dons fans let us know your predictions in the comments section…