MATCH REACTION: McCann praises players for their spirit and workrate, but bemoaned a lack of quality against non-league team

Posh boss Grant McCann.Posh boss Grant McCann.
Posh boss Grant McCann.
Peterborough United manager Grant McCann blamed a lack of quality for his side's failure to beat National League side Woking in the FA Cup today (December 3).

Posh drew 1-1 at Woking in their second round tie after conceding an 84th minute equaliser. Ryan Tafazolli had shot Posh in front midway through the first half. Posh ‘keeper Jonathan Bond saved a first-half penalty to keep his side in the competition.

The replay is currently scheduled for Tuesday, December 12. The third round draw is live on BBC Two from 7pm tomorrow (December 4).

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“We didn’t do enough to deserve to win the game,” McCann said. “Woking did well and deserved to equalise. I was actually trying to get Jack Baldwin on for three minutes before they scored as they were going to get a chance from a cross as we weren’t stopping the ball coming into our area.

“I was disappointed with the goal we conceded obviously, but more disappointed with our lack of quality. We lacked a cutting edge.

“We got into some decent positions, but the final ball just wasn’t there. I know the quality we have in the squad. We showed it at Charlton in our previous game, but it went missing today.

“I can’t fault the effort or spirit of the players. We’ve had a lot of games recently, but the players are putting the work in. Jack Marriott hasn’t trained for four days while waiting for the birth of his child.

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“We knew they were a good side. We knew it would be difficult and the lads have delivered another good shift. I saw what Woking did to Bury in the first round so we were aware of their threat, but it’s up to us now to finish the job at home.”

Posh are next in action at home to League One rivals Southend in the last 32 of the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday (December 6).