Rowe hits the win­ner late on

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Perkin

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son knows it’s about time his Peter­bor­ough side got a bit of luck, and a spec­tac­u­lar last minute turn­around against Ori­ent was just the tonic his fal­ter­ing team needed.

Goals in the dy­ing mo­ments from Britt As­som­ba­longa and Tommy Rowe sent the trav­el­ling Posh fans into rap­tures when it looked like David Mooney’s opener had done enough for the home side.

And Fer­gu­son knows a first away win in eight league games on the road has put his charges right back in with a chance at the play­offs.

He said:“I thought we played very well. We worked on our shape and we looked solid against a re­ally good team that’s full of con­fi­dence and we thor­oughly de­served the win.

“I think it could per­haps be a turn­ing point be­cause we’ve had a lot of hard luck sto­ries this sea­son but we’ve come back against a team that’s fly­ing high and the fans were out­stand­ing.

“I thought the char­ac­ter of the team was the main el­e­ment of what we've been af­ter and that came through in leaps and bounds.

“It’s not been ideal this sea­son but we're still there fight­ing and have a chance of hav­ing a good sea­son.”

It was Peter­bor­ough who had the bet­ter of the early ex­changes and for much of the first half they did not look like a team hav­ing trou­ble on the road.

Danny Swan­son had their first chance on eight min­utes when he broke through the mid­field but his low shot was easy for on-loan keeper Sh­wan Jalal.

The Bournemouth loa­nee was called into ac­tion again af­ter quar­ter of an hour but Rowe could only head straight at the O’s debu­tant.

The visi­tors con­tin­ued to press and could have had a penalty on 28 min­utes when El­liot Omozusi ap­peared to han­dle the ball un­der pres­sure from Nicky Ajose, but ref­eree Lee Probert waved Ajose’s ap­peals away.

But it was the hosts who had the best chance of the half ten min­utes later when Dean Cox crashed a vol­ley onto the post from Scott Cuth­bert’s deep cross from the right.

Peter­bor­ough should have opened the scor­ing on 62 min­utes but As­som­ba­longa’s low shot was bril­liantly tipped onto the post by Jalal.

The home side took the lead against the run of play with 20 min­utes to go when Mooney headed in a Cox free kick, and it looked like the O’s were head­ing back to the top of the league. But with two min­utes to go, As­som­ba­longa nod­ded home his 22nd goal of the sea­son from Nathaniel Knight-Per­ci­val’s header

across the six-yard box.

In the fi­nal minute of the game Peter­bor­ough pushed on and, when Ley­ton Ori­ent failed to clear their lines, Rowe was on hand to fire home, leav­ing O’s man­ager Rus­sell Slade to rue the dam­age done to his team’s sea­son.

“It was an­other part of the jour­ney we're on and this game can be hurt­ful,” Slade said. “It was a hard game but we got our­selves in front and from that po­si­tion we should see games out.

“The goals were dis­ap­point­ing. We gave away a free kick for the first and for the sec­ond we gave the ball away cheaply in the mid­dle of the park.

“We came up against a good side and they showed it. If they had lost the game it would have been un­fair on them.

“I thought we started re­ally well but they came into as the first half wore on and it was a tight game where you thought the first goal could be the clincher.”


LET­TING FLY: Tommy Rowe smashes in the win­ner for Peter­bor­ough STAR MAN TOMMY ROWE Peterbo


ON TAR­GET: David Mooney scores

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