POSH POINT IS PRICELESS, SAYS DERRY
Magpies clip the wings of United
SHAUN DERRY may have been out of pocket during the transfer window but he admits a plucky point against Peterborough could prove priceless come the end of the season.
With the experienced Alan Smith and Gary Jones at the base of a fiveman midfield, County frustrated their opponents and nearly took the lead when Jake Cassidy stabbed wide inside the penalty area.
Posh, though, began to assert themselves in the second-half and through Marcus Maddison created a couple of decent opportunities, the best of which fell to substitute Luke James who, in his second league game for the club, could only fire over.
The result made it a third clean sheet in four for County, who had their manager serving the second of a twogame touchline ban – but he’ll be back against Leyton Orient on Tuesday.
“I felt we did ourselves justice although probably did not deserve anything more than a point,” said Derry.
“It’s a big week for us coming up. We are fully aware that we need to get points at home.
“I’ll be back in the dugout as well and my phone bill will be less than it was in the last two weeks.
“I could sense before the game that the players were ready.
“That was the most difficult team I’ve had to pick because 18 were training really well and pushing for a place.
“They really made it difficult for me and that’s when you know your team is ready. “But to grow in stature and character you need to back that up with results.
“The belief is there and performances and results like that can only help.
“We have only lost one in five and we have to take confidence in that.
“We do not want it overlooked but at the same time we do not want to get overconfident.”
Peterborough began confidently as they pressed the County back-line. But once the opening burst was repelled the extra man in the visitors’ midfield began to tell.
The first half-hour offered little for either set of fans to enjoy, with Maddison’s yellow card for diving the only talking point.
As Posh became frustrated County looked to pounce. A dummy by Cassidy let in Liam Noble down the left, but his cut-back was sliced wide by the striker.
Cassidy then saw a goal-bound shot blocked by Christian Burgess, but that was as good as it got for the visitors who were indebted to Roy Carroll saving Jack Baldwin’s closerange header just before half-time.
Maddison began to drift in from the right in the second-half and immediately Posh looked much more threatening.
With 20 minutes left, he supplied the reverse pass which slipped James through on goal down the right-side of the area, but the deadline-day signing could only fire over.
That proved to be the last good chance of the match, although Maddison fired wide from 25 yards in the final seconds following a Gary Jones slip.
“I wouldn’t call it a disappointing result as we played very well in the second half, but it certainly goes down as frustrating,” said Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson, whose side slipped to second.
“We just couldn’t get the final decision or the final effort right and that cost us in the end as we had good chances.
“Luke did the one thing you ask anyone in that position not to do and that was lean back. Once that happened his shot was always going over the bar.
“We created plenty though and Marcus in particular has that little bit of magic to open things up. He gets into pockets of space and between the lines.
“We might not have got the three points, but the fans will at least go away having seen an entertaining game.”
UN-LUKEY: Peterborough United substitute Luke James blazes over from close range
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