Aaron Mclean provided under-fire Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson with some much-needed support today (November 24).
The striker, who returned to London Road on loan from Bradford City last week, was the sponsors’ man-of-the-match in Saturday’s (November 22) disappointing 2-1 League One home defeat at the hands of second-placed Swindon.
The loss means Posh have picked up just one point from their last five League One matches and increased the pressure on Ferguson whose tactics and team selections were hammered on social media outlest after the game. Chairman Darragh MacAnthony condemned the team’s approach and performance on Twitter by refusing to ‘defend the management setting up for a 0-0 draw at home’ and insisting on ‘ new approach’.
MacAnthony later insisted he was more irrirated by the players than the manager and Mclean qas quick to show support to his immediate boss. Mclean was a key player in back-to-back promotions orchestrated by Ferguson between 2007 and 2009.
Mclean said: “Darren is still the same manager he was in my first spell at the club. His attention to detail is second-to-none. Only Steve Bruce of the managers I’ve worked for comes close to him.
“Darren gives us all the information on the opposition and our own roles that we need to go out and win a game. If we execute his gameplans properly we will win lots of matches.
“Playing for a draw was never the plan. The idea was to stop them passing out from the back and so disrupting their rythym.
“I played against Swindon earlier this season and they are a very good side who play in a very particular way. They have (Nathan) Thompson at the back who isn’t really a centre-back, but he plays in the middle of a three and most of the attacks start with him.
“We wanted to nullify their threat at source, but when you make mistakes in both penalty areas you will always struggle. We conceded two bad goals and we didn’t take our chances at the other end. I had half a chance in the first minute when Mendez-Laing sent over a great cross and I’m disappointed I didn’t make more of it.
“The second goal we conceded straight after the break knocked the stuffing out of us for a while, but we kept going and we actually created enough chances to get a draw from the game.
“We were frustrated and disappointed to lose obviously, but all we can do is pick ourselves up and go again.”
Match report: Posh 1 Swindon 2 - Fergie copping flak from all quarters