Peterborough beat Bury to help Grant McCann silence critics

Peterborough beat Bury to help Grant McCann silence critics

Peterborough manager Grant McCann felt his side did his talking for him on the pitch to silence disgruntled fans with a 3-1 win against Bury.

After eight games without a win, it looked like being a tough afternoon as McCann's side went behind to a second-minute own goal by Hayden White.

But the hosts rallied and secured a deserved win with strikes from Chris Forrester, Marcus Maddison and an own goal by Antony Kay.

"It's not so much relief - one thing I've done is not listen to people who want to hammer you or put you down, but the best thing to do is win," said McCann.

"There's pressure every day when you're manager, but pressure is something you have to deal with and I've dealt with it my whole career.

"I think we've played as well as that but not picked up the results. Straight after they scored we got a foothold on the game and we were creating chances.

"We were probably standing there thinking, 'Here we go again'."

McCann's fullest praise went to captain Forrester, who ran onto White's cross and played a lovely one-two with Tom Nichols before curling in the equaliser.

"That touch from the pass, nevermind the finish, was top drawer," added the Posh boss.

It had looked like being a different result when White, under pressure from Tom Pope, turned Zeli Ismail's cross into his own net.

But Forrester equalised after 38 minutes, and three minutes in the second-half Maddison side-footed into the far right-hand corner from 10 yards.

Four minutes after that it was all over when Nichols' low cross was diverted by Bury goalkeeper Ben Williams onto Kay and into his own net.

Bury boss David Flitcroft was named League One manager of the month this week after his side won five out of five in September, but since then they have lost all three matches.

The Shakers were missing suspended central midfield duo Tom Soares and Jacob Mellis and striker Pope went off early after colliding with McGee and hearing a pop in his rib cage.

Flitcroft said: "It was the start we wanted, the start we talked about and the start we expected.

"I have to watch it back and see the impact of not having Popey on the pitch. Balls going forward kept coming back too early.

"Peterborough stepped up to the plate today and it was wave after wave of attacks.

"The two goals after half-time, they are very poor.

"If your two midfield players are not operating like you want them to then it impacts what Zeli and Danny Mayor can do out wide.

"They locked down Zeli and dominated our midfield and that's where they won."


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