Beaten Fer­gu­son: No pain, no gain!

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

BRAD­FORD have en­sured their place in League One for an­other year, but Peter­bor­ough boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son re­mains hope­ful of get­ting into the Cham­pi­onship.

Adam Reach struck a fab­u­lous free kick in the first half be­fore Shaun Bris­ley made things harder for United by col­lect­ing two yel­low cards in as many min­utes.

Sixth-placed United could still guar­an­tee the fi­nal play­off spot with a win over Carlisle on Mon­day, but only if Brad­ford can re­peat this re­sult at Swin­don.

Fer­gu­son said:“We make it hard for our­selves, it’s al­ways been the same.

“When­ever you get suc­cess – and I’m hope­ful ob­vi­ously that this sea­son’s still a suc­cess­ful one – there’s a lot of pain on the way and men­tally it’s hard at times, but that’s just the way it is.

“I said to the play­ers af­ter that if we take our sec­ond half per­for­mance into the next three games I think we’ve got a re­ally good chance.

“We’re still favourites. We need two wins to se­cure it and I’m con­fi­dent we’ll get them. We’ve got a four point ad­van­tage and two of our three games are at home.”

Both teams had early chances, with Peter­bor­ough’s Jack Payne and Tommy Rowe putting long shots wide and James Han­son too slow to con­vert a header for Brad­ford.

City took the lead on 27 min­utes through Reach’s su­perb 25 yard free kick, which could barely have come closer to Joe Day’s top cor­ner.

Posh cen­tre back Bris­ley was dis­missed on 40 min­utes for two cyn­i­cal fouls in quick suc­ces­sion, first on first Jon Stead and then Reach.

Peter­bor­ough were much bet­ter in the sec­ond half de­spite the per­son­nel dis­ad­van­tage, but still needed Day to save well from sub­sti­tute Kyle Ben­nett’s point-blank header on 76 min­utes.

Mark Lit­tle came clos­est to giv­ing Posh their equaliser in in­jury time, but his low half vol­ley was well saved by Jon McLaugh­lin.

Kgosi Ntlhe then de­nied City a sec­ond goal in the dy­ing sec­onds by clear­ing James Han­son’s ef­fort off the line. Brad­ford boss Phil Parkin­son said: “Ev­ery­one’s telling me that be­cause Colch­ester play Crewe it is math­e­mat­i­cally safe, be­cause those two can’t both pick up the points. I’m so pleased. It’s been a tough sea­son at times, but the way we’ve played re­cently, es­pe­cially away from home, has been great.

“It was im­por­tant that we played in the man­ner we’ve done on our trav­els for our own sup­port­ers be­cause they de­served a good per­for­mance. They got a tremen­dous per­for­mance.”



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