TALKING TACTICS: Strikers pose constant threat

Jay Rodriguez
Jay Rodriguez

SCOUT Phil Smith looks back on a frustrating, freezing Saturday afternoon against Peterborough United at Turf Moor.

We may have had the most shots in the division thus far, but, we have lacked that killer instinct on occasion.

Fourty two goals from nigh on 400 attempts leaves room for improvement, but nothing that cannot be rectified down at Gawthorpe.

I cannot be too harsh, however, as we are at least getting into a position to miss the goal.

Both Charlie Austin and Jay Rodriguez (pictured) excel in off the ball movement, so it is no surprise that we constantly work the goalkeeper.

A goal down at the break against Peterborough on Saturday, and with the terraced houses behind the Bob Lord Stand covered in a blanket of snow, I felt we could be treated to a first abandonment since Leicester City in 2005.

Wishful thinking perhaps, as Peterborough’s back six were constantly repelling everything thrown at them.

Ryan Bennett had signed for Norwich City only days earlier, but returned to London Road in order to ease their defensive crisis.

The fee was undisclosed, but judging by his lack of pressure and refusal to put a tackle in on Jay in the 87th minute, Paul Lambert may have paid over the odds.

Grimsby Town will certainly be the happiest of the parties concerned, a 25% sell on fee is rumoured to have netted them £600,000.

It was poor defending, and became the second time in succession that Darren Ferguson displayed an inability to hold onto the lead at Turf Moor.

It would be kind to call their game plan tedious, but they were desperate to avoid defeat, and they ultimately achieved that objective.

Devoid of imagination,it will certainly be a dull future for fans of The Posh, unless they change their philosophy.

A deep defensive line was possibly the correct call, given the pace in our squad, but they missed a trick by not defending from the front.

Had Tomlin and Taylor attacked our man in possession, they could have forced a mistake and lessened the quality of distribution.

However,this was not the case, and it was visibly noticeable that we had all four available options when in control of the football.

We could either clear it, or pass left, right and to Lee Grant.

We directed the flow of the game, and, sensing this weakness, Rodriguez put his head down and waltzed through their entire defence.

Was a draw the fair result?

Possibly, it was the traditional game of two halves.

Ball, Boyd and Frecklington could have put us out of sight before the break, but it was one way traffic in the second, and we were the only team likely to nick it.

Two points dropped, rather than one gained.