Cap­tain Roberts res­cues Cod Army

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Esther Jack­son

PETER­BOR­OUGH United manager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son was left won­der­ing what might have been af­ter his Posh side were pegged back by Fleet­wood Town at High­bury Sta­dium.

Both teams could not get the three points they needed to get into the play-off po­si­tions, af­ter Fleet­wood’s Mark Roberts can­celled out Joe Newell’s 64th-minute strike.

Fleet­wood had chances to win the game in the lat­ter stages but Posh boss Fer­gu­son be­lieved his team missed a great op­por­tu­nity to get three points.

“We didn’t cap­i­talise on the fact that we were 1-0 up,” he said.

“I didn’t think we kept the ball well enough, we have got to have bet­ter qual­ity.

“Joe Newell scored a re­ally good goal and af­ter that I thought we lost a bit of com­po­sure I thought we should have just picked them off re­ally.

“You can see why Fleet­wood haven’t con­ceded many goals and they have done well against good teams.

“If we had a bit more tempo and ur­gency I think we could have won the game.”

Dur­ing a dull first half, 20-year-old Nick Haughton - who was mak­ing his full High­bury Sta­dium de­but – looked the most likely to make some­thing hap­pen, cre­at­ing plenty of chances for the home side.

How­ever it wasn’t to be and both teams came out at half-time look­ing for a goal, but it took un­til the 64 minute for that to ar­rive.

And when it did it came for the vis­i­tors.

Af­ter Fleet­wood’s poor at­tempt to make a tackle on Newell he skipped past the home de­fend­ers be­fore see­ing his curved shot fly past Chris Maxwell and nestle in the right cor­ner of the net.

How­ever, with 11 min­utes to go the Cod Army got their just re­wards with a great equaliser as a cross from Conor McLaugh­lin found Roberts un­marked in the box and the cap­tain made no mis­take as he headed home from five yards.

Fleet­wood could have taken all three points to­wards the end, but Jamie Proc­tor blazed over the bar with four min­utes to go much to the home fans’ dis­ap­point­ment.

Fleet­wood manager Gra­ham Alexander said: “We de­served the goal and it gave us mo­men­tum for the rest of the game and we are un­lucky not to get a win.

“For the last 25 min­utes to half-an-hour we re­ally were on the front foot and caused all types of prob­lems and we got what we de­served but it was two points we let slip.

“Nick was su­perb, a real plea­sure to watch. “His abil­ity and his brav­ery on the ball is sec­ond to none. He cause them all sorts of prob­lems all game.”

STAR MAN NICK HAUGH

TON Fleetwo

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