POSH PREVIEW: Players are being ‘too hard on themselves’ says Westley

Action from the 3-1 defeat at Bury.
Action from the 3-1 defeat at Bury.
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Peterborough United boss Graham Westley feels his players are being ‘too hard on themselves’ for taking all the blame for a bad run of results.

A 3-1 loss at Bury on Tuesday night made it five League One defeats on the trot for Posh and the players are deeply concerned.

Westley said the results are hurting everyone at the club, especially the players, and they are desperate to stop the rot.

The manager said: “The lads got together early before training yesterday (March 3). They held a meeting to talk about where things are going wrong and then they worked hard on how to eradicate the errors which are costing us games.

“But quite frankly I think they are being a bit too hard on themselves. They have a lot to contend with. It’s a ludicrously difficult period at the moment with injuries and bedding in new young players and there are bound to be lapses of concentration.

“Some of our players are coming back from long-term injuries as well and are bound to make mistakes. For them it’s like pre-season. They don’t do it on purpose but errors will occur.

“But the reaction has been strong and positive. The spirit in the camp is high and those errors are temporary.

“We know we need to get better and we will get better. Everyone is working hard and I still believe we have one of the best squads of players in the division.”

Tomorrow (March 5) Posh make the daunting trip to title-chasing Wigan Athletic, the division’s in-form team who have gone 13 games unbeaten, but Westley says his players hold no fears.

“We have recent experience of preparing for a big task - the FA Cup trip to West Brom - so we know the script,” said Westley.

“Yes, Wigan are looking good for the Championship but at the moment they are a League One side, just like us. So long as we’re prepared mentally we can get a positive result. We’ve got to make sure we take our A game to the party.

“I still say we produced a lot of good stuff in the games we’ve lost. They say it’s a fine line between winning and losing a football game and our margins have been small.”

Westley singled out Marcus Maddison for praise during the recent run of poor results.

He said: “Marcus is a fantastic talent who does incredible things on a football pitch but the big thing now is that he’s playing with a team smile - he’s embracing the team spirit, working for others.”

Lee Angol will miss the Wigan match through injury but Westley didn’t rule out a return for Chris Forrester.

He said: “Chris is progressing and you never know when he will walk in and say he’s fit enough to play.”