The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­ By John Brind­ley

NEW BOY on the Posh block, Britt As­som­ba­longa, took the open­ing day hon­ours to leave re­turn­ing for­mer Peter­bor­ough boss Mark Cooper feel­ing hard done by.

In­tro­duced to the fans via a re­make of a Barry Manilow clas­sic, the record sign­ing was call­ing the tune in­side the open­ing ten min­utes as he raced onto a 60-yard hack up­field from Michael Bost­wick and fin­ished em­phat­i­cally with a fierce ris­ing shot.

But most of the style came from Cooper’s Town who bossed the mid­field with­out pro­vid­ing a fin­ish­ing touch.

“It was a fan­tas­tic fin­ish, he looks like money well spent to me” ad­mit­ted the Swin­don care­taker man­ager. “We are dis­ap­pointed with how we de­fended the long ball for­ward.

“We did re­ally well, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half when we were the bet­ter side.

“It was re­fresh­ing to see some of the stuff in pre sea­son hap­pen out on the pitch but we didn’t threaten their goal enough. Our young lads still need time to gell.

“The chair­man knows I want the job. Of course, I’d want to work with such tech­ni­cally gifted play­ers.”

For­mer Posh loa­nee Alex Pritchard went close twice in the first five min­utes, once forc­ing Bobby Ole­jnik to save ath­let­i­cally to his right.

Town were caught short by the ul­ti­mate route one goal but re­sponded well with Dar­ren Ward ral­ly­ing the de­fence and Ryan Ma­son the pick of a highly cul­tured mid­field.

Long range ef­forts from Mas­simo Luongo and Ma­son were as close as they got how­ever to be­ing on level terms by the break.

Posh skip­per Tommy Rowe nearly snapped a post with a sweetly hit 20-yarder af­ter 55 min­utes be­fore the Lon­don Road faith­ful were left hop­ing the vis­i­tors couldn’t turn pos­ses­sion into a point.

Ole­jnik made one more save – scruffily this time from Ma­son’s 25yard free kick – and was for­tu­nate to see Luongo’s danger­ous ef­fort de­flected wide. Yet coun­ter­part Wes Foder­ing­ham didn’t have to bend his back again af­ter the win­ning goal.

The game’s other key mo­ment came with 15 min­utes left. Ma­son left Ole­jnik well beaten with a su­perb 30-yarder that crashed back off the Posh bar to con­firm this wasn’t his or Cooper’s day.

Posh man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son said:“That’s a good start. I’m re­ally pleased.We knew it was go­ing to be tricky against a side with so many play­ers from Spurs in their side.

“We should have been more than one goal up in the first half but didn’t play as well af­ter­wards. Yet they didn’t re­ally open us up; they played a lot of stuff in front of us.

“I’m de­lighted that Britt got his goal and he linked up well with Ty­rone Bar­nett up front.

“It’s like the first day back at school – you want to get it out of the way and we did.

“I know there’s a lot of im­prove­ment to come and we’ve got a strong squad. I’d still like to add an­other striker if I can.”

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