The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Wil­liam King

PETER­BOR­OUGH man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son sin­gled out match-win­ner Erhun Oz­tumer for spe­cial praise after the mid­fielder marked his first league start for the club with a de­li­cious free-kick.

Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted Oz­tumer has had to be pa­tient since step­ping up from Non-League side Dul­wich Ham­let in the sum­mer, but a change in for­ma­tion saw the mid­fielder handed his full League de­but and he pro­duced the goods when it mat­tered most as sorry Ley­ton Ori­ent slumped to another de­feat.

Sean Batt’s first goal of the sea­son can­celled out an early vol­ley from Aaron McLean, but Oz­tumer’s goal on 47 min­utes con­firmed Ori­ent as the worst home side in League One, with just one soli­tary win.

The re­sult leaves Ori­ent 22nd and new man­ager Fabio Liverani has a tough task to turn things around after de­feat in his first game at the helm.

“He scored a few free-kicks like that last sea­son when we were watch­ing him,” said Fer­gu­son.“If we get the ball to him in the right ar­eas he’s a good player.

“He’s been un­lucky not to start as many games be­cause of the for­ma­tion, but with the di­a­mond you can get him in the team. As a player you want that sort of player be­hind you. He was very, very good .

“I felt one or two times on the break­away we could have done a lit­tle bet­ter but we man­aged to see it through. I saw a team that was re­ally de­ter­mined to get the right re­sult out there. It gives us a start and could be some­thing that lets us go on a lit­tle run again.

“No one is get­ting car­ried away with one win in eight or nine games but it’s good it get it here against tough op­po­si­tion.”

McLean pow­ered in a close-range vol­ley, con­nect­ing with a pin-point Joe Newell cross to score against his for­mer club nine min­utes in.

Be­fore half-time Ori­ent equalised, Batt turned well in the box to tuck away a placed fin­ish low past Ben Al­nwick for his first goal in over a year.

After the break Posh flew out the blocks and re­gained the lead, Oz­tumer si­lenc­ing the Match­room Sta­dium crowd with a per­fect­ly­placed free-kick in the top right-hand cor­ner.

As Posh closed out the game the O’s be­came vis­i­bly frus­trated and de­spite Joe Newell see­ing red late on Ori­ent could not find an equaliser de­spite a last-gasp goal­mouth scram­ble.

Fabio Liverani said: “I was ex­pect­ing a phys­i­cal ap­proach to the game.

“We have eight play­ers in­jured and one sus­pended so it is dif­fi­cult to say what was good and what was bad out there. When we have a full squad it will be dif­fer­ent.

There were many pos­i­tives here– we gave them very lit­tle and I think we de­served to draw. The only con­cern for us is the league ta­ble as we are third from bot­tom, but I be­lieve we can get our­selves out of this sit­u­a­tion.

“I need to see the play­ers be­fore I de­cide whether we need to strengthen in Jan­uary. I am work­ing re­ally hard to get to know the other teams in the league us­ing video footage of games, as well as watch­ing them live.

“I just ar­rived last week so time will be the big­gest fac­tor.”

PIC­TURES: Si­mon O'Con­nor/TGS Photo



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