JACK­SON’S ON THE DE­FEN­SIVE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

CONOR Wash­ing­ton’s dou­ble helped Peter­bor­ough shove Shrews­bury through the League One trap­door and ce­ment their own place in the play-offs to leave Shrews boss Michael Jack­son to pon­der his own fu­ture.

Shrews striker Jon Tay­lor had breathed new life into his side’s faint hopes of sur­vival with the opener be­fore Wash­ing­ton scored twice in quick suc­ces­sion to turn the game on its head.

Lloyd Is­grove added a third but Tom Brad­shaw clawed one back only for Josh McQuoid to make the game safe to leave Jack­son field­ing ques­tions on his fu­ture af­ter vow­ing to try and rebuild the Shrop­shire side.

“We are dev­as­tated,” Jack­son said. “We knew it would be a tall or­der and we showed some spirit and some fight. But all the play­ers have to take some re­spon­si­bil­ity for what has hap­pened.

“This club has an op­por­tu­nity now to move for­ward. We have to build for the fu­ture. This sea­son has been dif­fi­cult for ev­ery­one but we have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing the club.

“If I stay or not will come out in the next cou­ple of weeks. Now isn’t the time to talk about that.This was the first rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle of my ca­reer and we need to get over the dis­ap­point­ment.”

Shrews­bury al­most stole a first minute lead when Bobby Ole­jnik tipped Aaron Wildig’s chip over the bar.

But the Shrews did go in front when Tay­lor headed in Joe Ja­cob­son’s sixth minute cross fol­low­ing a sweep­ing Town move.

United should have equalised af­ter Britt As­som­ba­longa drew Chris Weale off his line, but Shrews­bury de­fend­ers scram­bled the ball away af­ter Wash­ing­ton and Nicky Ajose both spurned chances score.

Wash­ing­ton volleyed the ball home soon af­ter though, pulling Posh level on 13 min­utes be­fore pro­vid­ing an em­phatic fin­ish from Tommy Rowe’s threaded pass put Peter­bor­ough ahead eight min­utes later. Is­grove made it three af­ter Wash­ing­ton had hit the bar fol­low­ing more good work from Ajose on 28 min­utes.

But Shrews­bury clawed one back when Brad­shaw’s at­tempt bob­bled into the far cor­ner from Ryan Woods’ cross just be­fore the break.

They nearly re­stored par­ity when Tom Eaves forced a one­handed stop out of Ole­jnik ten min­utes into the sec­ond-half.

Weale’s stun­ning penalty save de­nied As­som­ba­longa af­ter Wash- ington had been felled by Dave Win­field at the other end. But McQuoid made the game safe for United in the fi­nal minute, curl­ing the ball into the cor­ner to seal Shrews­bury’s fate.

Peter­bor­ough boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son said: “It was a job well done. We made a poor start but from that point on we were out­stand­ing.

“We scored four goals and it could have been ten to be hon­est with you.

“Our foot­ball was re­ally good and we looked re­ally con­fi­dent. We did let Shrews­bury back in it and they gave us a hard game. But we were cre­at­ing chances.”

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