Match Review: Posh 1 Fleetwood 3

Not the start to the season that any Posh fan had in mind, in fact far from it. We lacked creativity, we lacked structure and we lacked defensive knowledge. 

Two early goals from poor mistakes from Mark Beevers, left us with a mountain to climb. Toney pulled one back in the second half, from a Maddison free-kick, before Fleetwood sealed all three points with a free-kick, ten minutes from time.

I’m not going to get too over the top, as it is the first game of the season and all Posh fans should bear that in mind. The squad will take time to gel, but hopefully it’s sooner rather than later. The defensive unit, looked completely awful and looked like they’d been hand-picked from the Peacock before the game. Beevers failed to lead by example and show his experience, failing to track his man from a corner and then letting the ball bounce, allowing Morris to lob Pym.

His centre-half partner, Frankie Kent, misjudged the bounce and failed to clear the ball, before Niall Mason took down the Fleetwood player. Andrew’s free-kick should have been comfortably saved from Pym, but instead was parried into the corner of the net. Posh lacked creativity, until the introduction of Marcus Maddison, where he linked up well with Ivan Toney to get Posh’ first goal of the season.

“Dembele seemed ineffective, which happens when you don’t get the ball to his feet, as he’s not the sort of player to battle to win the ball”

George Boyd wasn’t able to live up to his standards, due to the defensive role he had to fulfil as the back four had a lack of protection, after Woodyard was poor, Dembele seemed ineffective, which happens when you don’t get the ball to his feet, as he’s not the sort of player to battle to win the ball. Eisa failed to live up to his price tag, doing nothing as well.

Josh Knight must start for me, as well as Maddison at Oxford, to cover the back four and allow Boyd to push on and be more effective. As I’ve said, there is still 45 games left, so there really is a lot to play for. Luton didn’t win their first three fixtures of last season, and when we start well, we do nothing. So I’m trying to think positively.

Onto Oxford. UTP!

Player Ratings (out of 10):
Pym – 4
Mason – 5
Kent – 4
Beevers – 2
Butler – 5
Dembele – 4
Woodyard – 4
Boyd – 4
Ward – 4
Toney – 6
Eisa – 4

By Adam Darkin – adamdarkin@icloud.com

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