Peterborough United manager Graham Westley has admitted they are suffering an hangover from their FA Cup exploits.
The Posh lost for the third time in a row when they fell to a 2-1 loss to Oldham Athletic, with all three of those games coming after their penalties defeat to West Brom.
It was a nightmarish start for Peterborough when after just two minutes when Cameron Dummigan fired home to score his first professional goal.
Peterborough didn’t just lie back though as they aimed to fight back and arrest their recent poor form and they got their reward when Souleymane Coulibaly headed in the equaliser.
But things were not to be for Peterborough as when Ben Alnwick fouled Matthew Palmer in the box, Liam Kelly then stepped up and converted the penalty.
The loss further condemns Peterborough to mid table in 12th place while Oldham remain in the relegation zone in 22nd place.
Following the loss, Westley told BBC Sport: “They’re falling short of the standards that they’re capable of, and they have done since the FA Cup tie.
“I’ve got to believe that there’s some sort of hangover going on,”
“A young group of lads have built themselves up almost into a frenzy to go and play and win a massive game in their minds, they’ve got so close, they’ve given so much, perhaps physically and mentally it drained them.”
“I’ve tried to deal with it game-by-game through selection and through talking to them as people, but we haven’t snapped ourselves out of this apparent malaise,”
“On a motivational level we’re not tracking back runners, we’re not showing enough discipline to play the way we’re coaching them to play, we’re not showing enough belief in our game, we’re slow, we’re lacking urgency, there are so many things missing,”
“But I don’t think they’re bad people, I don’t think they’re downing tools and not producing the goods because they can’t be bothered, I just think they’ve lost their way.”