August 20th 2016, this date marks the last time a registered Peterborough United striker scored for the club. Tom Nichols found the net in a two – one defeat away at Oxford. No one remembers it well.
Since then the club has relied on the magic of Marcus Maddison, George ‘hit the ground running’ Moncur and light footed Giwion Edwards for goals and plenty of those have been from set pieces.
Results since that game in Oxford are as follows:
EFL Cup: Posh 1 – 3 Swansea City (A goal from young midfielder Leo Da Silva Lopes)
League One: MK Dons 0 – 2 Posh (Left back Andrew Hughes and defender Michael Bostwick)
Checkatrade Trophy: Posh 1 – 6 Norwich City U12’s (Consolation from midfielder Jermaine Anderson)
League One: Posh 2 – 2 Swindon Town (Edwards and Maddison from midfield)
League One: Posh 2 – 2 Port Vale (George Moncur bags two from midfield)
League One: Sheffield 1 – 0 Posh (NO PETERBOROUGH GOAL)
League One: Posh 1 – 1 Walsall (Marcus Maddison from midfield)
That brings us nicely into the last seven days where Posh took away trips to Shrewsbury and Southend.
The Tuesday night trip to the New Meadow in Shrewsbury proved to be a 45 minute unnecessary rollercoaster ride. This match should have been won by half-time. Chance after chance went begging and Posh went in at the interval just the one up; whereas 3-0 may have been a fairer reflection. Never fear though thought the 203 travelling supporters; just replicate the 1st half performance. OR miss one of the best chances of the season, concede immediately up the other end, concede a penalty, have a centre back sent off, save the penalty and hold on for a point. You decide.
Posh opted for the latter and the 203 Poshies left Shrewsbury scratching their heads looking forward to a sunnier setting in Southend.
Despite the seaside surroundings and pleasant day out this proved to be a boring encounter! Another lackluster Posh put poor old Luke Mcgee to the test making him save from the spot yet again. This time Marcus Maddison was the offender, the ball making contact with a high arm. It’s fine for Marcus though, he redeemed himself bagging a ridiculously late equaliser after Southend took the lead in the 2nd half.
As a big fan of the club I tend to read four or five post match articles and barely any of them mentioned Tom Nichols or Paul Taylor, the men who should be racking up the goals for this promotion chasing side.
Nichols has talent there is no doubt about it, he makes the runs, finds the spaces but he just doesn’t seem ready for League One football. I know it’s rare that a player at this level goes out on loan to the League below for six months and comes back better and raring to go, but it looks like Tom Nichols needs it. The only issue is there is no one who can fill in while the young lad gets experience.
The club’s other striking options are youth team player Deon Moore, Joe ‘The Goal’ Gormley who is on loan in Scotland, Luke James who is on loan in Bristol and Lee Angol who is out injured. Adil Nabi and Shaq Coulthirst are also on the books but seem to have both been frozen out. The options are looking limited and the transfer window is shut. Our only alternatives are on this list, have a read and try not to shudder: http://bit.ly/2duhTE7
Tonight Posh host MK Dons in the Checkatrade trophy where McCann can experiment just in time for the paying public. They’ll be watching the League One encounter with high-flying Bury on Saturday live on Sky Sports.