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

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son says he felt bored watch­ing his Peter­bor­ough side’s win over Fleet­wood Town – but called the three points the most im­por­tant this sea­son.

Conor Wash­ing­ton seized on a de­fen­sive mix-up by the Fleet­wood de­fence to stab home on the stroke of half-time.

The Cod Army had Stephen Crainey sent-off for a sec­ond yel­low card as Posh held out for their first win in three matches, much to Fer­gu­son’s re­lief.

“I felt it was a pre-sea­son game in the first half. I do not know if it was the heat catch­ing them out,” said Fer­gu­son.

“The play­ers are quite dis­ap­pointed by the per­for­mance but they won, which is the main thing.

“We did not keep the ball well. We looked lethar­gic. But sec­ond half our front two caused them all sorts of prob­lems and we did enough to win the game.

“I’m pleased with Conor’s goal as he’s only scored the one this sea­son.

“Sec­ond half against Yeovil was the worst we’ve played all sea­son, that’s why I made five changes.

“But it was very bor­ing at times the game.The re­sult’s a very good one as it stops the mini-rot. It’s prob­a­bly our best one of the sea­son so far.

“Credit to my play­ers that they have got 19 points. I’m re­ally pleased with that re­turn.”

Fleet­wood cre­ated the bet­ter of the first-half chances, but failed to take ad­van­tage.

A mix-up be­tween Gareth Evans and Stephen Dob­bie saw nei­ther player fin­ish in front of goal, while Peter­bor­ough’s Michael Smith did well to clear Josh Mor­ris’ goal-bound ef­fort off the line.

Peter­bor­ough took ad­van­tage of their for­tune when a long clear­ance by goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick bounced over the Fleet­wood de­fence, al­low­ing Wash­ing­ton to nip in and score his sec­ond of the sea­son.

After the break, Mor­ris saw a free-kick tipped round the post by Al­nwick, but Crainey’s sec­ond book­ing for a foul on Mar­cus Mad­di­son with un­der ten min­utes to go ended Fleet­wood’s chal­lenge.

The de­feat was the Cod Army’s eighth con­sec­u­tive win­less match, much to the frus­tra­tion of boss Gra­ham Alexan­der who felt his side were un­lucky to go down to ten men.

“It was a pa­thetic goal and is down to us.We can­not look at that goal with any pride. It’s route one and can­not hap­pen,” he said.

“That’s not a game we should have lost. They have not threat­ened us in the first half.

“Even with ten men we had op­por­tu­ni­ties to get back into the game.

“We are putting pres­sure on our­selves by not tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties we cre­ate.

“We can­not look in that team and say many had a stinker.To turn this around, if it means tak­ing some­one out who is play­ing nicely but was not ef­fec­tive, that’s what we will have to do. “It’s not a send­ing off. He’s hardly touched him but the lad must have been down ten times in the game.

“The ref is ten yards away, it’s ridicu­lous.”

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COD RED: Fleet­wood's Stephen Crainey is sent off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence STAR MAN JACK PAYNE Peterbo

rough WASH AND GO: Conor Wash­ing­ton (sec­ond left) is mobbed after giv­ing Peter­bor­ough the lead

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