Peterborough United’s home form continues to let down them down, as they dropped to a 1-1 draw with Bradford City.

If Peterborough United want to stage a serious fight for promotion to the Championship this season, they will need to turn around their home form – and fast.

Despite sitting in 4th place and level on points with 3rd place Barnsley and just two points behind Sunderland in the second automatic promotion spot, The Posh have been awful in front of their home crowd, winning three, drawing three and losing three out of their nine home league games.

Once again, manager Steve Evans has pulled no punches in his post-match interview after another disappointing home performance.

“It’s not good enough,” Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph.

“But the way to make up for it is to win at Coventry on Friday.

“I’ve never seen one of my teams dominate a game so much without winning. We laid siege to their goal, we switched the play well thanks to some excellent midfield play, but the delivery into the penalty area was a big letdown.

“Bradford started better than us and deserved their lead. Too many of my players felt the game was going to be easy.

“But after they scored they just camped in. Let’s be honest they never had another worthwhile attempt on our goal. We had all the ball and we worked enough decent attacking positions to create and score goals. If the ball in from wide areas was better we would have won.”

Evans went on to criticise the performances of some of his players. Evans criticized striker Matty Godden for missing a key chance in their 1-0 loss to Wycombe, and was rewarded with a Godden brace the weekend after in the FA Cup against Bromley, and will be hoping for a similar response.

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“Joe Ward gave their goalkeeper catching practice. He’s had a lot of praise recently and maybe it’s gone to his head.

“Marcus Maddison is capable of so much better as he showed with his ball for our goal and Tyler Denton should also have delivered the ball better.

“We worked hard enough to win the game. We didn’t get our tactics wrong. We got Jamie Walker on the ball in little pockets of space often enough, but he didn’t make anything happen hence the change at half-time. The same tactic worked a treat against Fleetwood in our last home game.

“Bradford can be pleased with their point. Their players were a credit to the club with the way they stood tall, but we smashed their lights in without scoring.

“We went all out to win the game after equalising, but it didn’t happen for us. I can’t fault the effort though. Marcus Maddison knows he will be out of my side if he doesn’t work hard enough and the block/tackle he made towards the end suggests he is listening.”


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