Peterborough United manager Graham Westley bemoaned a lack of tempo, wit and intelligence from his side after they slipped to a shock 2-0 League One defeat at Blackpool today (December 19).
Predictably Westley also blamed a nightmare start which saw Posh fall behind after conceding a first-minute penalty. He also praised the defending of the home side who were winning for the third time in a row, all without conceding a goal.
It was a first defeat in six League One matches for Posh who drop a place to sixth in the table.
Westley said; “We didn’t start the best, that’s for sure. You don’t want to go anywhere and give the opposition a boost and give yourself a mountain to climb in the first minute of a game.
“But after that we were far too slow too often when we had the ball. We were taking too many touches at the back and that makes it far more difficut to hurt a side with your passing.
“We saw plenty of the ball and the match stats will show that we had more possession, more shots at goal and that we attacked far more than they did, but we needed to play with more wit and intelligence in order to hurt them.
“We switched the way we played in the second-half to give us more width, but when we did open them up their centre-backs defended everything superbly. They were immense to be fair and one of them deservedly won man of the match.
“We played with a lot of effort, but Blackpool had that extra desire, They played as a pack and worked hard to deny us space when we had the ball. You could see how they have ground out some good results in recent games. You could see their resolve and determination.
“The conditions were bad. The weather and the pitch were difficult, but you have to dominate the conditions and adapt to them and we did neither. It wasn’t easy to move the ball around quickly or to play silky football, but we are clearly capable of much better.
“You have be good in victory and in defeat, but today we didn’t get going as we can. Our quality was poor and our long-range shooting was poor.”
Left-back Callum Elder was taken off after 16 minutes because of a foot injury.
Posh are next in League One action at home to Chesterfield on Boxing Day.