Mag­pies clip the wings of United

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

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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