This season could be well be one where we take a step forward and then another one back.
After raising our supporters’ confidence with a comfortable 3-1 home win against Rochdale on the previous weekend, on Saturday (October 3) we took a large following of 1,700 supporters up to Peterborough.
Most expected our excellent away form to continue and everyone present at the match were right royally entertained, but ultimately we lost the match 5-3.
There were highs and lows for us. It’s great to score three goals away from home even if all three were scored by defenders. But to let in five highlights how weak we are at the back.
We need to tighten up if we want to compete at the top end of the table. That said it was great to see the team compete with a passion that was missing last season under Ian Holloway.
We were hampered by the early substitution of Jimmy Abdou due to an injury and later on by the removal of Ed Upson who had to be substituted when he was running rings around the opposition.
We were very unlucky not to get a point from this match. The longer term picture is more important though and how we are learning and improving. We are going to have to cope without midfielders Upson and Abdou for a while though as the club have said Upson will be out for about six weeks and Abdou for a touch longer.
These injuries prompted manager Neil Harris to bring in 22-year-old George Saville on a 28-day emergency loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Saville was at the club back in 2012/13 and made three appearances then.
He made his second debut in the 2-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win on Tuesday night against Northampton and put in an impressive display. He could prove to be a real asset in the coming month.
The team played well against The Cobblers especially in the second half. Steve Morison was excellent and set up both the goals.
Only a man of the match performance by their goalkeeper Ryan Clarke prevented him getting on the scoresheet himself.
At the other end it was a pleasing cleansheet with left-footed skipper Tony Craig excelling on the right side of the defence for the first time.
We have a week off from matches now due to having international call-ups which push back our planned match against Doncaster Rovers to Tuesday, October 27.