Posts Tagged ‘peterborough’

Game 23 – Peterborough

25 April, 2009

img_3085_webA great quote in the media this week from Alan Maybury.  Something to the effect that we don’t want away fans celebrating promotion on OUR patch.  That’s the first time I’ve heard one of the players refer to Cuckoo Farm as ‘Home’.  Most of this season they have been playing like the away team, and the fans for the most part have felt like the away support.   Unfortunately Maybury’s passion for his home turf wasn’t translated into direct action today as he wasn’t in the squad.  In the squad was Clive Platt for first time in three weeks and his name was greeted with boos.  Actually it was the away fans that started it, but their dislike of him was far greater than the home fans’ admiration.  Perhaps there’s something significant about that.

img_3028_webOn the subject of absentees, with a virus rampaging through the ranks Captain Hammond also wasn’t fit for duty today but he was on hand to receive his Player of Season trophy.  Tierney was my choice.  He has shown the positive approach to the game that the rest would do well to copy.  On the subject of ‘player of the season’ it seems we have a home winner, an away winner, a young player, a Hospital Radio choice (I thought Gillespie might have earned that one, but Baldwin got it for the number of opposition players he sent to hospital).

img_3050_webThis was probably the best away team performance of the season that we have seen at Cuckoo Farm.  All credit to Peterborough for their entertaining style of play and clearly some of the key Ferguson genes have passed from father to son.  Let’s hope some of the managerial style and luck has rubbed off in the embrace between today’s two managers at the start of the game.  The away fans deserved their success and although it was hard to swallow, at the end of the game they deserved their win, thoroughly deserved their promotion and I wish them all the best in the Championship next season.

img_3104_webI hate statistics really, but this is now the 15th time we have conceded the opening goal at home this season and the 9th time we have lost 0-1, in fact 4 times in a row.   To rub salt into the wound a local business is once again allowed to sponsor the away goal.  When will the club learn?  Who wants to support an organisation that gets a kick out of their local team taking a beating?  Mind you, it woud be good if the home team could actually score a goal!  Maybe the next home game will see a change in our fortunes?  Or maybe not!

Game 09 – Yeovil

25 November, 2008

img_1247_webAnother away loss at Peterborough at the weekend and judging by the sound of it on local radio we had our chances but blew them.  The new boy Easter (on loan in time for Christmas) made an impressive start by all accounts and we were expecting something positive to happen.  He’s got speed that’s for sure but the best thing is that the ball sticks to him when it hits him.  He knows how to trap it, head, neck, chest, body, legs, feet.  Contrast that with Plattypus who doesn’t know where the ball will end up after it comes to him (I concede that he scored our only goal at Posh with a great header).  That’s what makes it difficult to play alongside him.  Which side is the ball going to bounce, slide, glance, fall?  And how hard?  There are too many choices involved and even Sheringham last season couldn’t cope with that.

img_1254_webHaving said that, by some miracle there seemed to be a bit of a partnership evolving between Easter and Platt and that’s what brought us the goal tonight.  Fortunately Easter was given the responsibility of finishing an awkward and high pass and he got on top of it.  The other bit of teamwork that was evident was as the other end – Coyne and Baldwin, the pairing that I’m sure George Williams was hoping to develop, except for the injury problems.  The partnership between Yeates and the ball continued as normal, but sadly his teammates were rarely invited to the ball and for the most part he lost it in a crowd of opposing players that he tried to beat three times in succession.  I may have exaggerated that, but I’m sure it describes my frustration at how Yeates fails to spot the easy passes.  I wish I knew what happened on the day of the Carlisle game. I’m sure he has a twin brother who plays better than him.

img_1246_webWell, it was a bitterly cold evening and I take my hat off (perhaps I should say ‘take my gloves off’)  to the Glovers supporters from Somerset.  About 50 of them perhaps and a dozen who kept up some chanting throughout a dire game.  To come all the way from Yeovil on a cold Tuesday evening in late November and being treated to that performance by their team.  Well,  I wish them a safe journey home.  True football supporters.   It was poor turnout from the home support as well tonight.  The lights at the back of the stands didn’t seem to be in operation tonight and I wonder if that helped the stewards to overlook the standing fans in E8?

img_1222_webThe appearance of the drummer brought some atmosphere back into the event.  It helped that Yeovil had brought one too and for  while it seemed like there might be a drum competition.  In the end the fact that we all felt sorry for the away fans led to a bit of a duet between the two drummers.  It wasn’t pretty but it took the mind off what little was happening on the pitch most of the time.  Talking of music – the players entered to the sound of ‘Simply the best’.  What can you say?  Rather ambitious even if you are trying to motiviate the team.  Another candidate for consultation with the fans I suggest.  Actually it was preceded by ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and maybe that would have been a better choice.