Posh chief Darragh MacAnthony backs his players to bounce back from disappointing loss in top of the table clash

Peterborough United co-owner Darragh MacAnthony insists his players will win promotion if they want it badly enough - and he’s backing then to pull it off

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 4:00 pm
Posh midfielder Ethan Hamilton is sent off against Hull by match referee John Busby. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

MacAnthony was frustrated with his side’s 3-1 home defeat at the hands of title rivals Hull City last night (March 9). Posh failed to hold on to an early lead handed to them by Reece Brown’s goal, but they appeared in control of the game against the Tigers, despite conceding an equaliser to a set-piece, until Ethan Hamilton suffered a first-half red card.

But MacAnthony is backing an ‘honest group of players’ to get the push for automatic promotion back on track.

“It was the biggest game for about nine years and to lose it like we did was unacceptable,” MacAnthony stated.

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“We conceded a soft goal to a set-piece and then an act of lunacy took us down to 10 men which was always going to make it tough against a side as good as Hull.

“Those sort of things can’t happen in the big games and, if the lads are honest with themselves, they will know that.

“I’m backing them to come back strongly over the final 13 games though.

“I know we have an honest bunch in that dressing room. It’s getting close to ‘squeaky bum’ time and we are still in a good place.

“If they want promotion enough they will get it. They need to put everything into the final 13 games. I think we have the heart and the energy to do it.

“It hasn’t helped losing the best central midfielder (Jack Taylor) in League One by a country mile, but any replacement needs to step up like Harrison Burrows has been doing. They need to make a difference and I’m sure they will.”

Posh are not in League One action again until hosting play-off chasing Portsmouth next Tuesday (March 16, 7pm).