Peterborough 2-1 Leicester
Firstly, this is a huge win for Peterborough (bottom) against Leicester (2nd) and a massive fillip to their survival chances. Last week, in the comments section of a Hoddle, I wrote a brief report on Pritchard in the 2-2 draw against Burnley that, if you haven't seen it, said this:
He came on as part of a double substitution in the 55th minute at 0-1 down, when Posh changed to a 4-4-2. This switch changed the game and Posh scored two quick goals. Unfortunately they couldn't hold on for a vital win and conceded a late goal, although it could have been worse – if anyone can watch the highlights from The Football League Show, check out the save at the death.
Pritchard played at left midfield (although he popped up on the right too) and looked fairly dangerous. He was always looking to get on the ball, which is very promising, and he helped to up Posh’s tempo by being quick and direct in his play. There was definitely a buzz whenever he got the ball, part expectation from the Posh fans after all they’d heard about him, but also because he looked to make things happen. He made a couple of dangerous runs, one leading to a free-kick just outside the area, but on a few occasions struggled with his dribbling on a difficult surface. I think he had one fairly innocuous shot. I would note that his defensive positioning and tracking back weren't great, I know this isn't really his game, but it is important in a team like Peterborough. It may have been a tactical instruction to leave him as an outlet, but it was quite bold if so, as others were also forward.
This weekend Posh started with a 4-4-2, but Alex was only named on the bench. He was brought on in the 75th minute, straight after Peterborough had equalised, and slotted in at right-midfield, although he was given reasonable scope to roam. There is good news and bad news.
Good news: he played very well in his short cameo. The pitch was much better this week, so his dribbling ability and close control were much more apparent, and he made a number of good passes, including one beauty inside the fullback to send Peterborough's left-back into the box. He might have been involved in the winning goal (89th min, BOO YAH) but I was getting a bit excited and can't really remember. I'll check the highlights tonight. Also, despite looking about 12 years old, he didn't seem overwhelmed by the physicality of the Championship and his defensive work-rate was better, too.
Now the bad news. In the 90th minute, he threw himself into a 50-50 challenge and appeared to injure himself quite badly. I couldn't see very well but I think it was his knee. He got substituted off and looked in quite a lot of pain hobbling round the pitch; I'm hoping that it looks worse than it is. He said on Twitter that he is hoping to recover for Millwall on Tuesday, but in a tweet to another Posh player said that he won't know how bad it is until Monday. It would be doubly disappointing if it was a serious injury as it is likely that George Boyd, who plays LM, will move on loan somewhere fairly soon and Alex will have more first team opportunities. So fingers crossed that it is not as bad as it looked. I will update you when I know more!
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