Grant McCann heaped praise on hat-trick hero Jack Marriott after an impressive Peterborough display at Bristol Rovers.

Posh boss Grant McCann hails hat-trick hero Jack Marriott

Posh boss Grant McCann hails hat-trick hero Jack Marriott

The Posh boss was delighted with the overall team effort at what he described as one of the toughest grounds in the Football League to visit and had special praise for several individuals.

He said of Marriott: "Jack deserved his treble. The amount of work he put into the previous two games without scoring was tremendous.

"He is showing why the chairman was prepared to spend so much money to bring him in. He is an out-and-out goalscorer who gets chances and takes them."

The Posh boss was also glowing in his assessment of experienced defender Steven Taylor, who also got on the scoresheet, and particularly midfielder Anthony Grant.

"Anthony's girlfriend gave birth to a boy yesterday morning and he drove to the game on his own last night, not getting to the hotel until 11pm," said McCann. "That is the sort of heart and passion I want at the club.

"Steven got in some terrific blocks and it was great to see him scoring. He is going to be a massive player for us this season.

"It was a great team performance from the first minute to the 95th. But we won't be getting carried away."

Marriott scored his first after six minutes when Ryan Sweeney failed to clear a Gwion Edwards cross and made it 2-0 10 minutes after the break from a Junior Morias pass.

Taylor forced home the third when Jack Baldwin headed on a 78th-minute corner and, although Rory Gaffney headed a late Rovers consolation, there was still time for Marriott to tap in a cross from substitute Andrew Hughes at the far post.

Rovers boss Darrell Clarke pulled no punches in a brutally frank assessment of his team's performance.

"It has been a nightmare start to the season for us and the players face a tough week on the training ground," he said.

"I don't want to hear any more talk about us being a top-six side because we are miles off that at the moment.

"We looked vulnerable to virtually every Peterborough attack and it simply wasn't good enough.

"To get a crowd like that for our opening home league game and perform so poorly was very disappointing.

"We have to build some bricks before we can consider ourselves a good side. I have faith in my players, but there is a lot of hard work ahead."

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