Town at Peterborough: If You score 4… We’ll Score 5
You would normally expect to win when scoring 3 goals, let alone 4. But somehow only Swindon can come back from the brink of complete disaster only to throw it all away with yet another error.
Town were 3 nil down after 22 minutes, then we managed to go in level at half time. After both sides scored again it appeared the teams had settled for a deserved point apiece, only for Peterborough to sneak the winner and an incredible 5-4 win.
A 5-4 defeat was only the second time in the club’s history that we’ve scored 4 or more goals in the Football League and finished the losing side. The other game was a 7-4 defeat away at Watford in the Division Three South on December 14th 1934.
On Saturday, both sides went into the game playing to their strengths of attacking football and equally struggling in defence. So was it unusual the game played out the way it did? I don’t think so.
Looking at my rankings after 11 games Peterborough were ranked 2nd best attacking and 19th best defensive, whilst Town were ranked 4th and 17th respectively. With such a disparity in quality between the defence and attack, goals were inevitable, although I never expected a 5-4 scoreline.
What frustrates me was that Town had better possession (56/44), more chances (13/11) and more corners than Peterborough, however we still failed to secure at least a point because of our comical defence.
This isn’t to say Peterborough’s defence was any good either as they made plenty of mistakes, notably Ball’s second, and all of Town’s shots on target resulted in goals. So, with so many mistakes on both sides it was perhaps inevitable one team would win, unfortunately for us it was Peterborough.
For the winner, an own goal from Kevin Amankwaah, his lack of concentration and poor positioning cost us. The ball was hit in from the edge of the box at some pace and with Kevin facing towards goal, the ball was only going one way, into the net. He could have left it, however Mackail-Smith was ready to pounce, but this isn’t the defending expected of one of our experienced professionals.
So post match with 12 league games played Town are now ranked 24th, the worst defensive team in League One. The improving forward line with Austin and Ball supplemented with Ritchie on the wing cannot continue to keep us in the game or make the scoreline respectable. Our defence is becoming a laughing stock and the sooner Wilson addresses this the better. Is there another Gordon Greer type player out there who can come to fill the void?