INTERVIEW: Error prone Peterborough United will turn out just fine

Steven Taylor thanks teammate Marcus Maddison (left) for his assist on his goal for Posh against Blackburn. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Steven Taylor thanks teammate Marcus Maddison (left) for his assist on his goal for Posh against Blackburn. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United will be a force in League One once the players cut the silly errors from their game.

That’s the view of defensive rock Steven Taylor whose first home goal for Posh against Blackburn last weekend offered hope of a vital, and very impressive, win until a calamitous start to the second half.

Posh defender Steven Taylor's header lands in the back of the Blackburn net. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh defender Steven Taylor's header lands in the back of the Blackburn net. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh shipped in three goals in the opening quarter of hour after the interval to leave them playing catch-up on the play-off chasers ahead of Sunday’s (December 17) awkward trip to Fleetwood.

“We looked a good side against Blackburn in the first-half,” Taylor insisted. “But they predictably improved after the break and we didn’t cope well enough.

“It was all errors from us though. We made them look a good side in the second-half because of the mistakes we made. We just have to cut the little errors out from our game and then we will become a force.

“We have some great players in our squad. We have power and pace going forward. Blackburn couldn’t cope with our speed down the flanks, but we have to make sure we keep pushing to get that second and third goal rather than settle for one.

Posh star Steven Taylor celebrates his goal against Blackburn with Ryan Tafazolli (right). Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh star Steven Taylor celebrates his goal against Blackburn with Ryan Tafazolli (right). Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

“My goal meant absolutely nothing in the end.”

Taylor also touched on another irritating Posh habit of conceding goals in bunches. Nine times this season Posh have conceded twice in single 10 minute spells.

“We can’t afford to panic when we let a goal in,” Taylor added. “We let in two goals in five minutes against Blackburn and that’s happened far too often this season.

“We need to manage games better. We need to be wary of teams, but we shouldn’t worry about them if they score a goal.

“We can’t be a team who just plays for one half of 90 minutes. If we play at full throttle for 90 minutes teams are going to struggle to live with us.

“We have a strong side. We have lots of ability and we also have a lot of character, but we need to start producing results more consistently.

“We showed what we can do when we beat Wigan and Shrewsbury at home. Teams fear what we have in our side and we have to take advantage of that.”

Taylor (31) has started all 21 Posh League One matches after signing a two-year contract in the summer. He has now scored three goals, two of them in League One.