Captain Roberts rescues Cod Army
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