The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley

POSH by na­ture, as well as by name, there was more than a touch of ar­ro­gance in the way Peter­bor­ough blew away Notts County.

Grant McCann’s cheek­ily chipped penalty, adding to more or­tho­dox fin­ishes from Tommy Rowe and strike part­ners Ty­rone Bar­nett and Britt As­som­ba­longa, summed up their over­whelm­ing con­fi­dence, yet mis­takes at the other end nearly led to a closer out­come.

To add to an ex­trav­a­gant 93 min­utes by his team, Posh boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son then slapped a mind-bog­gling £12m ask­ing price for in-de­mand for­ward Lee Tom­lin.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed we con­ceded a sec­ond goal,” he said. “There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween 4-1 and 4-2.

“We did make mis­takes but when we do the basics right we are a good team. This is a tough place yet we’ve won com­fort­ably. “I’m de­lighted with the strik­ers. As­som­ba­longa gave them so many prob­lems and both he and Ty have got an­other goal each.

“I’m not sure about send­ing a mes­sage but other clubs will look at the re­sults and see we’ve won again.

“I don’t think Lee Tom­lin’s go­ing any­where – he is the chair­man’s favourite player. Un­less some­one comes up with £12m….” Dean Lea­cock nod­ded Notts in front against the run of play from a fine Mustapha Dum­buya cross only for Tommy Rowe to quickly nod Posh level from Tom­lin’s near post cor­ner. Af­ter the break Rowe re­leased Bar­nett for a stud­ied fin­ish. Penalty blues then hit Notts as Mark Fother­ing­ham was ad­judged to have clipped Tom­lin be­fore McCann fooled Bar­tosz Bialkowski with a Zi­dane-style spot-kick – then Scott Dun­can amazed ev­ery­one by not rul­ing Kgosi Ntlhe han­dled Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce’s cross.

A shock­ing header from Greg Tem­pest al­lowed the out­stand­ing As­som­ba­longa to race through and thump a fourth be­fore the of­fi­cial did give Notts a break as sub­sti­tute Yoann Arquin rolled in a last gasp penalty af­ter Gabriel Zakuani han­dled.

Notts man­ager Chris Ki­womya said: “There were ma­jor turn­ing points – con­ced­ing from a set-piece af­ter scor­ing a great goal, then not be­ing awarded the penalty in the sec­ond half. Posh are a good team who knock the ball about but I thought they were there for the tak­ing. We didn’t ex­ploit their weak­ness.”

NOTTS COUNTY: (4-1-3-2): Bialkowski 6, Dum­buya 7, Lea­cock 6, Shee­han 5, Tem­pest 5, Fother­ing­ham 6, Labadie 6, McGre­gor 6, Camp­bell-Ryce 7 (Thomp­son 83 5), Haynes 5, Showunmi 6 (Arquin 71 7) Subs not used: Spiess, Zoko, Coombes, Ha­worth, Bou­caud

PETER­BOR­OUGH UNITED: (4-1-3- 2): Ole­jnik 7 , Al­cock 6, Bost­wick 7, Zakuani 7, Nettle 7, McCann 7, Kearns 8 (Swan­son 80 7) Rowe 7 Tom­lin 8, Bar­nett 8, As­som­ba­longa 9 (Gor­don 89 N/A) Subs not used: Day, Payne, Sin­clair, Knight-Per­ci­val, Lit­tle

FIRST BLOOD: Dean Lea­cock opens the scor­ing with a header for Notts County

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