Peterborough United manager Steve Evans has admitted that he was delighted to see his side respond to negative criticism by beating Scunthorpe United 2-0 at Glanford Park this afternoon.

The Posh suffered a heavy 4-0 home defeat to promotion rivals Barnsley last weekend, a result which saw Evans’ men come in for some criticism from the footballing world.

This afternoon, Peterborough United battled gusty conditions to defeat a stubborn Scunthorpe United outfit at Glanford Park and when speaking to The72 after the match, Posh boss Evans was delighted with the reaction from his players.

“The players and staff have taken a lot of criticism this week” admitted Evans. “Football is about opinions, everyone has an opinion.

“We felt that some of the criticism internally was justified and some criticism was over the top.

“I told my players that the way to react to the criticism is to put in a confident, clinical performance at Scunthorpe.”

Peterborough United were never really in any trouble in Lincolnshire and manager Evans highlighted his side’s organisation as one of the positives from the performance.

He said “We knew that we needed a bit better shape about ourselves than in recent games.

“We had a real good shape, a real good discipline and in the second half in particular, we’ve passed it, moved it around and counter attacked with pace and we could’ve scored four or five in the second half, certainly four.

“We got a clean sheet which we needed to get, that’s why we were so disappointed when the referee gave them (Scunthorpe United) a free-kick in the fifth minute of injury time.”

Striker Matt Godden notched a brace for The Posh to move into double figures for the season and Evans reserved special praise for the former Scunthorpe United man.

“He started here and got let go” said Evans. “A lot of footballers in League One and League Two do that.

“Matt comes alive in the box. Sometimes you look at his play all-round and you have questions but he is a great professional, he practices so much that it does my nut in when he’s smashing balls near my office window.

“He’s a wonderful professional.”

The result leaves Peterborough United in second place in the Sky Bet League One table, three points behind league leaders Portsmouth.


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