Luke James: ‘We can all play better’

Posh striker Luke James tries to burst through the Coventry defence. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh striker Luke James tries to burst through the Coventry defence. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United striker Luke James admitted every single player could have performed better against Coventry City at the ABAX Stadium yesterday (March 28).

Posh slipped out of the League One play-off places after a 1-0 defeat. They are currently eighth in the table, but could slip down to ninth ahead of the crucial Easter programme depending on the result of the Bradford City/Chesterfield game on Tuesday (March 31).

Coventry won a terrible game with a goal 20 minutes from time on a day when Posh rarely threatened to score.

“It was a frustrating game for us,” James said: “We were confident going into the match, but we didn’t play well at all. Every single player could have done better.

“Don’t get me wrong, we grafted and put the workrate in, but the ball wouldn’t fall for us and we couldn’t pick the right pass or the right moment to shoot.

“We probably didn’t deserve to lose because neither goalkeeper had a lot to do, but they got the goal and we couldn’t find an equaliser.

“We’re all very disappointed, but it’s how we bounce back that’s now important. The two games over Easter won’t settle anything, but they will go some way to deciding who gets the play-off places.

“Whatever happens I’m sure there will be plenty of twists and turns to come. We need to remember that five wins in seven matches is still a good run.”

Posh face two struggling sides over Easter. They travel to Scunthorpe on Good Friday (April 3) before hosting Walsall on Easter Monday (April 6).

It’s a busy few days, but Posh strengthened their squad with three loan signings on transfer deadline day. It wouldn’t be a great surprise if striker Luke Williams and left-back Alan Sheehan started the game at Scunthorpe.

Williams, who played alongside James at Hartlepool last season, made his Posh debut as a half-time substitute for Conor Washington against Coventry.

James added: “Luke is a great addition to the squad. He’s a really good player. He’s probably more of a creator than a goalscorer, but I’ve also seen him score some peaches.

“I enjoyed playing with him at Hartlepool and he will bring a lot to our team.

“We will all travel with confidence to Scunthorpe. In fact we wish there was a game tomorrow. We have won at Sheffield United and Doncaster recently so we know we can get a result at Scunthorpe if we perform to our best.

“We will put the Coventry result down as a blip.”