Date: 15th August 2018 at 4:30pm
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Peterborough United fell to their first defeat of the season in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. Two goals in the first six minutes gifted the game to their hosts QPR with both goals being set-up by former Posh striker Conor Washington.

The match was a game of two halves…sort of! Posh simply didn’t turn up for the first 45 minutes and quite rightly, the Posh fans weren’t happy with what they saw:

The second half was much better but by then, the game was virtually over unless Posh could nick a goal. Sadly, although the performance improved in those second 45 minutes, QPR didn’t have to seek another goal, they just had to control the game effectively which they managed to do.

Posh fans were much happier with the second half as they said:

Were QPR “poor” as The Posh Blog suggest above or did they just manage the situation?

If Posh had managed to get a goal back, and they nearly did on a few occasions, we may have seen a different Rs side but as they managed to keep a clean sheet, they didn’t really have to do anything differently.

The match saw full debuts from Leeds United loanee Tyler Denton, midfielder Callum Cooke and striker Ivan Toney. There was certainly a mixed reaction to the performances from the trio:

It’s probably unfair to criticise the debutants too much but it also proves the gulf between a poor Championship side and a League One side hoping to win promotion come the end of the season.

Overall, it would’ve given the players an idea what sort of level they need to get to and at this stage of the season, there is a long way to go but as we know, the players are still new to the club and still need time to gel. Let’s just see where we are, come the end, of the year and how we’ve progressed during the first half of the season.