‘We could have scored more’ says Grant McCann after Posh win 5-1 at Oldham

Peterborough United caretaker-manager Grant McCann (right) shouts instructions from the touchline. Picture: Joe Dent
Peterborough United caretaker-manager Grant McCann (right) shouts instructions from the touchline. Picture: Joe Dent
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Grant McCann is staying tight-lipped about whether or not he wants to be the next Peterborough United manager after an incredible start as the caretaker boss.

McCann said he has not applied for the job full-time, but would not say whether he would accept it if chairman Darragh MacAnthony made him the offer.

Posh caretaker-manager Grant McCann in front of his club's fans at the end of a 5-1 win at Oldham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh caretaker-manager Grant McCann in front of his club's fans at the end of a 5-1 win at Oldham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

McCann was due to speak to the chairman after the thumping 5-1 win at Oldham Athletic today (September 12) after three players he brought into the side - Lee Angol, Souleymane Coulibaly and Erhun Oztumer - found the net.

Angol (on his Posh and Football League debut) and Coulibaly both scored twice to the delight of McCann who felt his side could have even bagged more goals if they had shown greater confidence.

He said: “I’m really pleased for everyone involved today, especially Lee Angol on his Football League debut to pop up with two goals. I thought he and Soli [Souleymane Coulibaly] were excellent.

“I picked the team that I knew could keep the ball. From the recent results I thought we were getting rid of the ball far too quickly.

“I knew Oldham’s pitch was quite big so I picked a team and a shape that could work for us.

“I know the diamond like the back of my hand and it worked for us today.

“I said to the players ‘me being greedy, if you had believed in yourself a bit more you could have got more’, but I’ll settle for that.”

On Angol’s performance he added: “He was a handful all through the game. You’ve seen in the first-half the pace he’s got. He’s got an aggressive side to him.

“Him and Soli were immense.”

Oztumer had been frozen out of the first-team under previous manager Dave Robertson, but his first appearance of the season was a reward for his performances with the youth team squad.

McCann said: “The first thing I said to the lads on Tuesday is I will pick a team based on training this week.

“I know fans are saying training doesn’t matter, but training is massive. If you don’t perform in training you don’t perform in a game.

“I said to them, ‘if you don’t perform in training, you won’t be in the team. If you don’t perform in the under-21 game, you won’t be in the team’.

“Erhun has scored five or six goals in the last three under-21 games so he deserved his chance today.”

As expected McCann was asked whether his dream start as a manager made him want to take on the role full-time.

But just as he had been earlier in the week, he remained elusive in his response.

He said: “I focused on this week. We’ve won the game and that’s the most important thing for the football club.”