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Nicholson: We're disappointed with our performance at Peterborough

Assistant boss reacts to Posh loss

28 April 2018

Fleetwood Town's first team coach Barry Nicholson spoke to the media after the 2-0 defeat to Peterborough United on Saturday afternoon at the ABAX Stadium.

The first half was fairly even, but it was two second half goals from Jack Marriott and George Cooper which saw Posh take all three points. 

Here is what Nicholson had to say… 

On the six changes made to the side and now being mathematically safe…

"The manager had said that he wants to give some players a game and although we weren't mathematically safe, it was an opportunity for those to have some playing time.

"Today we are disappointing with the performance, especially with the second half. But when John [Sheridan] came in, the main priority was to stay in the league, and now we are safe with a game to go.

"I think with the results, we were safe two or three games ago but it's nice to know there's no pressure on us next weekend at home.

"We now need to rebuild for next year."

On the game opening up in the second half…

"It did in the second half after they [Peterborough] got the first goal. We needed to try and push up the field to get ourselves back into the game but I thought first half we did okay.

"We had large spells in the match where we had the ball and possession, but we just chose the wrong option and our decision making let us down.

"The final ball wasn't there and in the areas we were to create something, it didn't come off and that is the disappointing thing, but in the second half, they were on the front foot and with the goals, we are really disappointed with.

"Obviously we will look back at it, but I felt we were a little bit deep and that didn't allow us to get out and eventually we got punished.

"The second was a cross and a finish inside of the box and again, not the best but I thought we were good in the first half and with a bit of quality, we could have done something."

On the lack of quality in the final third…

"That little bit of quality, that little bit of magic from someone wasn't there unlike in the last few weeks.

"We've won games because of that quality in the final third with Conor McAleny and Ash Hunter, but today it was lacking.

"The main thing now is to get the lads together and to go and finish off the season on a real high against Walsall next Saturday."

On the players going out to prove a point for next season…

"That is what we have tried to tell the boys, the new manager is coming in and this is a big opportunity for those players to go and stake a claim in the manager's plans.

"Pre-season will determine that for most players, but first impressions are really important, and that is something we have stressed.

"We all want to finish well, put in a big performance and that is the main objective."


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