ACE TOMLIN WILL COST YOU £12M!
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