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JohnC
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Flying bullets

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The chairman has shared some testy observations, according to the PET:

Peterborough United chairman lets rip at ‘disgraceful’ away record, his toothless team and certain individual players also cop it

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has urged the club’s players to ‘get together and beat each other up’ as they prepare for a tough second half of the Championship season.
MacAnthony was irritated by another toothless and ultimately unsuccessful away performance at Blackpool last Saturday (Deceember 18). The home side came from behind to win 3-1 with two late goals.
He criticised goalkeeper Dai Cornell and full-backs Nathan Thompson and Joe Tomlinson, while implying frustration at the performance of Jonson Clarke-Harris at Bloomfield Road.
“I feel for the manager,” MacAnthony said on today’s (December 21) edition of his ‘Hard Truth’ podcast. “All that preparation for the game and £3k-4K spent on an overnight stay for nothing. We may as well have sent them up on the day of the game.
“It’s time for the players to get together and beat the **** out of each other.
“No matter how bad a side you are losing 11 out of 12 away games is disgraceful. It just shouldn’t happen. It’s a certainty if this keeps happening we won’t be playing in the Championship
“I like the shape we played, but we were toothless up top. Blackpool weren’t. They had less possession, but they scored three goals.
“The crossing stats were telling. Blackpool delivered 26 crosses of which eight were successful, while we delivered 16 crosses and only two were successful. You won’t score goals with those numbers.
“All three Blackpool goals came from crosses because they got seven players into the penalty area, but when Kwame Poku delivered a great cross late in the game we had two players in the penalty area and our striker wasn’t even moving.
“In a midfield diamond the full-backs need to provide some quality, but it didn’t happen.
“Of course we suffered some bad luck with the second goal, but our target man striker didn’t do his job and hold the ball up. There was still time to get back. Instead we gave way and conceded a third after getting caught on the edge of our own area and the goalkeeper should then have done better.
“Watching us is like hearing the same record over and over again. Eventually it gets on your nerves. When we get into good positions we just don’t pull the trigger.
“This is big boy football now. I happen to think we have enough in the dressing room now to survive, but some are performing way below their true level and the manager is fed up with some of them.”
Posh have conceded 33 goals in their 12 away matches - the worst in the division by 11.
Posh have scored just six goals in those away matches - the second worst in the division after Derby County (5).


The chairman has some temerity to give utterance to these thoughts. Had he chosen to post them on this forum, someone might have upbraided him thus:

'Where have all the genuine fans gone? Now is the time the(sic) encourage and get behind the club instead of simply 'having a go' at them at the earliest opportunity. '

It’s interesting that he commented on a lack of mobility up front –‘we had two players in the penalty area and our striker wasn’t even moving’ – yet JC-H played the full 90 minutes, while the more mobile Szmodics never left the bench. I wonder why.

The manager, however, is notably exempt from criticism:
‘I feel for the manager…. All that preparation for the game and £3k-4K spent on an overnight stay for nothing…. the manager is fed up with some of them’
Possibly some of them are fed up with the manager.

Eleven defeats from twelve away games points overwhelmingly to systemic failure, not individual shortcomings, particularly as the pattern and manner of these defeats is tellingly repetitive, despite significant changes in personnel. Are the players not good enough? At the end of the close season, all I remember was management’s quiet satisfaction over the player retention and recruitment programme. All that was needed was the addition of Conor Coventry…. If the players aren’t good enough, then blame management recruitment/retention. If they are good enough but consistently fail, then blame the manager. Oh: we can’t do that; he’s already been rewarded with a new contract and a bullet-proof vest. And who was responsible for that decision?
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At the end of the day he is the one paying out the wages so in a way he is permitted to say whatever he wants. Whether this is always advisable is another question!
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ashman wrote: 23 Dec 2021, 09:49 At the end of the day he is the one paying out the wages so in a way he is permitted to say whatever he wants. Whether this is always advisable is another question!
Few people warm to the boy in the park who seeks to dominate proceedings because he owns the ball.

I certainly agree with you that unbridled candour is a questionable characteristic. If I were a disaffected player, I might question why the chairman is so vexed over on-field performance and results; after all, they only add up to 1% of the overall enterprise.
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