Website reaction to Peterborough defeat

Last updated : 17 April 2003 By Michael Morris
City slumped to a demoralising defeat at London Rd last night. The Bluebirds dominated possession but were woefully short in the final third. Peterborough scored late in the first half when a left sided attack by Leon McKenzie was allowed to run close to the by-line and cross for the ball to run loose and Matthew Gill fired home from the edge of the box. Willie Boland should never have allowed the cross to come in, he ran 30 yards alongside McKenzie and should have knocked the ball and player out of play. City could have dealt with a free kick into the box much better.

City's best spell came in the second half when they were looking for the equaliser but they were hit by a breakaway. A long ball down the Posh right was chansed by Chris Barker and McKenzie, Barker looked favourite to clear but he made a hash of it and McKenzie dribbled the ball into the box and smashed it past the helpless Margetson.

There were three things that stood out for me tonight.

1, The long ball in the air for Robert Earnshaw to try and win against 6' 4 centre backs.

2, Lennie substituting Ainsworth, the only player who looked like he might create something.

3, The refusual of any player until the last 5 mins to actually shoot at goal.

Cardiff were at times over elaborate in their play, a pass too many, a sloppy pass, rather than a more direct approach we appeared to favour the pretty approach. When we got near the penalty area no-one would shoot at goal. It was farcial at times when the ball was pushed around like a hot potato as players would not take on responsibility to shoot for goal. Earnie was out of sorts again and I cannot recall him have one effort on goal. For a player with 30 league goals already I'd expect him to shoot from anywhere.

The only chance City had came from the head of Peter Thorne. Only in the last 5 minutes did City have 2 shots of note, a Graham Kavanagh chip and an Alan Mahon free kick, both easily caught by Tyler in the Posh goal.

Tyler must have thought it was his birthday, a strike force with nearly 50 goals between then and neither Thorne or Earnshaw had a direct shot on goal. The headers from Thorne were easily dealt with.

Exactly what happened last night I'm not sure. City tried hard but it never worked, there has to be responsibility of manager and players, if fans in the stand can see things then the manager must be able to see them. Shooting practice for everyone must be high on the agenda.

The final whistle brought boo's from certain sections of the City crowd. Thats unfair, we are 4 games away from a possible promotion, we still have to support our team.

As a City fan I look at things a bit one eyed, I have to say that much credit has to be given to Peterborough. They defended deep and defended well, they frustrated City and made it difficult for them.

The next game is another huge one, another must win game. As long as we match Crewe's results we go to Gresty Rd knowing a win will take us up. Lets support the team, disharmony will see us self destruct. All for one and all that.

Roll on Saturday. Last night is gone, we are where we are. 2 points behind Crewe and we have to play them. It's still there, we can still do it.