Posh will require a Valiant effort to stop the rot
Darragh MacAnthony left nobody in any doubt over his feelings following United’s latest defeat at the hands of struggling Colchester United last week.
A series of posts on social media by the chairman singled out several players for blame and criticized the team as a whole for failing to put away one of the weakest sides in the division. Michael Bostwick and Joe Newell were the individuals named and shamed but there were also remarks aimed at Aaron McLean.
Some have praised MacAnthony for his honesty but whether he’ll get a positive response against Port Vale this weekend remains open to be seen – professional footballers don’t always knuckle down and try harder when their talents are called into question.
Even the Football League and referees didn’t escape the tirade but Darren Ferguson wasn’t give a public ear-bashing – that was dished out a couple of weeks ago.
Some fans are saying that the manager’s position is fast becoming untenable after a seventh defeat in eight matches. Crowds are dwindling, they’ve only won once in the league since October and only remain in the top half of the table on goal difference having played a game more than the three teams directly below them.
They are a point behind their next opponents, though Vale’s chairman Norman Smurthwaite also took to twitter last week to condemn his team after they’d lost 3-0 at Chesterfield.
I doubt this is a trend that will be looked on favourably by the powers-that-be or the PFA and expect repercussions if it happens again following this weekend’s clash at Vale Park – Fergie is already in trouble with the FA after being sent to the stands last week.
The Valiants have won six of their 12 home matches to date but United might be happier playing away from the ABAX Stadium at present and have won four of the last six games between the sides.
Three points would be very welcome at present for Posh but it would need a major upsurge in performance and they could come up short again. A home win is 31/20 with a 2-0 correct score on offer at 11/1.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, January 17th at Vale Park.
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