After Peterborough United lost their first away game of the season on Saturday, manager Steve Evans was critical of striker Matty Godden, who missed a brilliant chance to put The Posh 1-0 up before they fell 1-0 to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.
Just 10 minutes before midfielder Bryn Morris’ free kick deflected beyond Posh ‘keeper Aaron Chapman after 67 minutes, Peterborough United’s top scorer Matty Godden had a clear-cut chance to put his side ahead from a one-on-one, but Chairboys goalkeeper Ryan Allsop kept the former Stevenage man’s effort out.
In his post-match interview, Posh manager Steve Evans criticized Godden for missing the chance to put his side 1-0 and into the driving seat of the game. Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph:
“If Matt scores we win.
“When you are battling to stay in a promotion race and in the middle of a tough away game you have to take chances like that.
“It was a great chance superbly created by Ivan Toney, but Matt was poor in everything he did today. We have been hard to contain when we score the first goal and that would have been the case today I’m sure.”
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said on Twitter after the game that he thought Peterborough United were atrocious, but striker Godden didn’t deserve to be singled out for missing his big chance. However, Evans defended his comments and reiterated that he will continue to openly criticize players if they need to be.
“Look, I’d sign Matt Godden again tomorrow,” Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph.
“He’s been a top player for us this season and he’s received praise from me all season.
“But I believe fans have a right to know what the manager is thinking straight after a game whether it’s good or bad. Celtic are my team and if they have a bad result I want to know what Brendan Rodgers thinks went wrong.
“Matty should have scored at Wycombe. He knows that and I know that. In my opinion if he scores that goal we go onto to the win the game even though we played poorly. As bad as we were we still created the better chances which makes the defeat more frustrating. Ivan Toney and Rhys Bennett also missed good scoring chances.
“And when you’ve been struggling you make poor decisions on the pitch like our decision to not to shoot from a free-kick in the last minute. It was in an area of the pitch made for Marcus Maddison.
“Anyway criticism is part and parcel of football. I don’t do social media but I’ve been told our chairman thought our performance was atrocious on Saturday. As the head of the team that’s criticism of me, but can I honestly say the chairman was wrong?
“I can’t, but what I can do is start work the next day and make sure we right the wrongs in time for next weekend. That’s what Matty has done. We won’t sulk about anything, we just get back to work.”