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Goddard Keen To Focus On Positives From Posh Draw

4 September 2016

Club News

Goddard Keen To Focus On Positives From Posh Draw

4 September 2016

John Goddard felt the 2-2 draw with Peterborough United on Saturday was a fair result and believes there were plenty of positives to take from the performance. 

Town had to come from behind on two separate occasions in front of the Sky cameras at the ABAX Stadium in order to stretch their unbeaten run to three straight games. 

Gwion Edwards had opened the scoring for Posh in the first-half, but the brilliant Michael Doughty restored parity from the penalty spot shortly after the interval. 

Peterborough did restore their lead with a spot-kick of their own, which Marcus Maddison converted, but Town rescued a point late on after Jack Baldwin turned Doughty’s cross into the back of his own net.

And Goddard gave an honest assessment of the draw to in the wake of the game.

“I think the draw was fair but it was one that we would have liked more out of,” he said.

“The goals we conceded were soft and we’re not too happy with the way we conceded the two goals, but there were positives. 

“It is not a bad point because Peterborough isn’t an easy place to go and it keeps us moving in the right direction going forward for the rest of the season.

“We moved the ball well for periods of the game and I thought we dominated the ball and dominated possession in the first-half.

“But there were parts of the game where we really had to defend as a team and we had to do that at Gillingham as well.

“I think any team that is successful at any level has to do that at times – it is not all about going forward and looking good with the ball, you have to show that grit and that hunger to get results.

“I thought we showed that on Saturday.

“It has been a solid start to the season. A lot of new players have blended in well together and we’re all pulling in the same direction.

“We’ve got a good team spirit and we quietly believe that we can achieve something this season.”

Goddard was restored to the Starting XI on Saturday and the midfielder impressed in a number 10 role just behind Nathan Delfouneso.

“There were positives and negatives - I’ll have a look at it (his performance again),” he continued.

“There were certain parts of the game that I thought were sharp and I was unlucky not to score, but there were other parts of the game where I feel I can improve.

“But the important thing was we got something out of the game and it is something to build on.”

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