After last Saturdays dismal home 4-0 by Barnsley manager Steve Evans wanted a reaction from his players, and against the Iron he definitely got just that. We spoke to Scunthorpe United fan page @IronBru for a truly two-sided match report after Saturdays 2-0 victory for the Posh.
Former Scunthorpe striker Matt Godden and Jason Cummings came back into the starting eleven as Evans reverted back to having two up front after the disaster against Barnsley. Posh continued their fine away form against a Scunthorpe side that controlled the first half, but they failed to make their dominance count with wayward shooting and Chapman being up to most efforts that came his way. All in all it was a rather dull and subdued first half with the defences of both sides coming out on top.
Posh upped the tempo in the second half and in the 51st minute Godden slid in a Naismith cross. He then haunted his former employers further by adding a second seven minutes later after his low shot squirmed its way through the gloves of Irons keeper Jak Alnwick. Ivan Toney should’ve sealed the match by making it three after dancing his way through the box but saw his shot saved by Alnwick from close range.
Saturdays brace took Godden up to 11 goals, making him the leagues top goal scorer and the result also sees Posh as the highest scoring team away from home in all four divisions with 21 goals.
In the end it was a good result for Posh who remain second and hunting down leaders Portsmouth, Scunthorpe sit 13th after an underwhelming start to the campaign.
So what did our rivals make of the match and also of Posh’s title credentials?
“I don’t think we did enough to win the game, but I don’t think there was a lot between the two sides either.”
“Having seen the majority of teams in the top six this season, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the Posh on the day, but you were clinical in the second half and took your chances”
“It’s pleasing to see Matt Godden doing well as he never really got a chance at Scunthorpe but we would have preferred he didn’t score two yesterday!”
“With a bit more composure in front of goal, particularly in the first half, it might have been a different story. We had a few good chances that we failed to take and were hit with the sucker punch just after half time. The second goal killed the game really, which was a really poor goalkeeping error. We’ve got to tighten things up at the back if we want to push for the play offs.”
“Hopefully we can keep in touch with the teams in the play offs until January, where it sounds as though Stuart McCall will be backed to improve the squad. We need to sign a couple of defenders and a clinical striker.”
“Peterborough looked like an average League One side on this evidence but the league isn’t of a great standard and you’ll probably make the play offs.”
“On yesterday’s showing, Barnsley and Sunderland are in a different league and the top two is probably going to be out of reach.”
Posh hope to turn their impressive away form into making London Road a fortress with League One news boys Accrington Stanley traveling to the ABAX next Saturday (20th October). Keep up to date with updates from that match and all Posh related news on our Twitter feed @WeAreThePosh.