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Posh boss Mark Cooper doesn't take credit for great escape

Posh boss Mark Cooper doesn't take credit for great escape

Peterborough manager Mark Cooper refused to take any credit for his side's remarkable second half fightback in their 4-4 draw against Cardiff.
Cooper's team, who are bottom of English football's second tier, looked dead and buried when two goals from Joe Ledley and further strikes from Jay Bothroyd and Peter Whittingham put Cardiff four goals up before half-time at London Road.
But Josh Simpson started Peterborough's revival before Charlie Lee added a second in the 68th minute. Even then, fourth-placed Cardiff should have held on as they retained their two-goal lead until the 89th minute.
Yet George Boyd volleyed home to breathe new life into the hosts and then Simpson, on loan from non-league Cambridge United, struck in stoppage to complete the great escape.
However, Cooper insisted he hadn't delivered a rousing team-talk to his players at half-time and claimed he was still unhappy with their performance.
"Our first half performance was completely unacceptable. I didn't say a lot to the players at half-time - in fact, I thought about getting in my car and going home!" he said.
"But we changed our shape, changed our personnel and got ourselves back into the game.
"Cardiff probably thought it would be a stroll but I am still really frustrated that it took us until the second half to start playing.
"If we are capable of scoring four goals against a team chasing promotion in the space of 45 minutes, what could we do if we performed for a whole game?"
Shell-shocked Cardiff boss Dave Jones added: "I can safely say I have never been involved in anything like this before. Peterborough were dead and buried until we let them back into the game.
"We had players thinking the game was over and not doing their jobs in the second half. None of us saw this coming after what happened in the first period.


Updated : 2021-02-27 19:12 GMT+08:00