Late Tom­lin penalty wins it

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

THE Posh cer­tainly lacked pol­ish but they still had the ex­plo­sive power to sneak a price­less vic­tory against Old­ham.

Marks­man Britt As­som­ba­longa re­duced 34 min­utes of eye-catch­ing Old­ham mid­field play to nought by smash­ing a fe­ro­cious daisy cut­ter past Mark Ox­ley from fully 25 yards.

The new Posh hero was heav­ily in­volved in the cru­cial sec­ond goal seven min­utes from time as well when Ox­ley sent him tum­bling and Lee Tom­lin net­ted from the spot.

Char­lie Mac­Don­ald nod­ded home for Old­ham a minute into added time and James Tarkowski was left hang­ing his head as he some­how failed to di­vert home Joseph Mills’ flash­ing header with the last ac­tion of a cu­ri­ous game.

Posh boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted: “We were nowhere near our best and Old­ham were bet­ter than us to­day. We got away it but the main thing you want is three points.

“The front two apart, we weren’t at it. You can carry one or two, but you can’t carry eight and that was what hap­pened. That’s three out of three for Britt (As­som­ba­longa), you can’t re­ally ask for more.

“I thought about tak­ing Craig (Al­cock) off at half time as they would have re­alised they had a tricky winger and a full back on a yel­low. But you’d be hav­ing five or six-a-side if that was a send­ing off. We’ve got to cut out

giv­ing away fouls in stupid places. There’s a lot for us to sort out but I’m de­lighted with four wins in league and cup.”

Old­ham took the game to Posh from the start with the skil­ful James Day­ton tak­ing two pot shots in­side the open­ing four min­utes. Lee John­son’s at­trac­tive side were rul­ing the mid­field roost with Posh re­duced to bang­ing the ball long to re­lieve the flow.

Adam Rooney ar­rowed an header to­wards the top cor­ner from Jose Bax­ter’s free kick only for Bobby Ole­jnik to tip over in style.

Craig Al­cock went into the book for a foul on Cris­tian Mon­tano as the vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to im­press with­out re­ally promis­ing a break­through.

It was harsh when Jose Bax­ter’s flick went into no man’s land in the Old­ham half and As­som­ba­longa strode for­ward to al­most lifted the roof off Lon­don Road with an­other su­perb shot.

Day­ton clipped a shot over, then was inches wide from the edge of the box straight af­ter the break be­fore an­other Al­cock tackle had Lee John­son de­mand­ing a send­ing off.

Sig­ni­fi­ciantly Fergie with­drew Al­cock in a dou­ble sub­sti­tu­tion af­ter 54 min­utes and got his re­ward when Danny Swan­son clipped a ball for­ward for As­som­ba­longa who was felled nick­ing the ball clear of Ox­ley. Lee Tom­lin con­fi­dently sent the goal­keeper the wrong way from 12 yards.

Posh now looked in com­plete con­trol for the first time only for Old­ham to launch a sur­prise last stand. Char­lie Mac­Don­ald net­ted from last point blank range and home nerves were jan­gling in a sur­pris­ingly fran­tic fin­ish. Any sort of touch from Tarkowski in the fi­nal sec­onds and John­son’s men would have got a point.

“There is a wrong way and a right way to lose – that was the right way,” the Old­ham man­ager in­sisted.“It was a re­ally good per­for­mance from us, but a cou­ple of dis­ap­point­ing goals to con­cede. On an­other day, we could have won it two or three nil.

“If the ref­eree hadn’t al­ready booked Al­cock, he’d have prob­a­bly given him an­other yel­low card.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we’ve given away pos­ses­sion and the goal­keeper feels he should have saved As­som­ba­longa’s shot. We dom­i­nated ter­ri­to­ri­ally in the sec­ond half with­out threat­en­ing to score two or three.

“Char­lie Mac­Don­ald has got a good goal and how Tarkowski hasn’t scored I don’t know.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

SPOT ON: Lee Tom­lin cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing with his penalty


FOUL! Peter­bor­ough’s Britt As­som­ba­longa is brought down by Old­ham’s Mark Ox­ley for a penalty





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