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

Peter­bor­ough United care­taker boss Dave Robert­son be­gan his ten­ure with a win and then an­nounced: “I love this club and want the job full­time.”

Michael Bost­wick’s late penalty sealed the victory for Posh af­ter Brad­ford de­fender Stephen Darby had ear­lier headed into his own net.

Peter­bor­ough sacked manager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son last week­end, leav­ing academy chief Robert­son in charge.

And the new man is hop­ing to use his big chance to make sure chair­man Dar­ragh Ma­cAn­thony has no choice but to hand him the job full-time.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic start. We have worked hard with the play­ers in train­ing and the fi­nal mes­sage was to take it across the white line,” said the care­taker boss.

“The real pleas­ing thing was the clean sheet.

“We had a game plan and we stuck to it. I’m happy with the per­for­mance and the re­sult.

“I’ve thrown my hat mas­sively in the ring ear­lier in the week that I want the job.

“I bring pas­sion, pride and com­mit­ment to the club. To get Lon­don Road bounc­ing, as a per­son who loves the club, it could not be any bet­ter. We have to con­tinue that.

“I’ve spo­ken to the chair­man af­ter the game. It’s a great re­sult and we are tak­ing it one step at a time.”

Nei­ther side came close to scor­ing in a dull first-half, but the dead­lock was bro­ken soon af­ter the in­ter­val.

Rory McAr­dle fouled Luke James nearly 30 yards out, to the right of cen­tre.

Goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford flapped at Jon Tay­lor’s set-piece un­der pres­sure from Ri­cardo San­tos, only for Darby at the back post to head the ball down and into his own goal.

Posh felt they should have had a penalty when Billy Knott han­dled in the area, al­beit with his arm by his side.

How­ever, Knott was pe­nalised on the stroke of 90 min­utes af­ter the ball spun in the area and he in­ex­pli­ca­bly con­trolled it with his arm.

Bost­wick smashed in the penalty down the mid­dle to push Posh back in the top half of the league and make it two away de­feats in a week for Brad­ford.

Ban­tams boss Phil Parkin­son was hugely crit­i­cal of ref­eree Gra­ham Hor­wood and de­nied the FA Cup quar­ter­fi­nal next Satur­day against Read­ing has af­fected his play­ers.

“It was a du­bi­ous free-kick and a scrappy goal. And then it was one of the soft­est penalty de­ci­sions I’ve seen in a long-time,” fumed Parkin­son.

“It’s a ridicu­lous de­ci­sion. The lines­man’s look­ing at it ten yards away and the ref­eree is in a far worse po­si­tion.

“But it was 1-0 at the time and did not cost us the game.

“We were not de­ci­sive in the fi­nal third. We need to pick our­selves up.

“We’ve got a home game on Tues­day against Craw­ley and we need to come out all guns blaz­ing.

“We’re miss­ing key play­ers at the mo­ment which is hin­der­ing us.”

PIC­TURES: Max Flego

KEEP­ING HIS COOL: Michael Bost­wick scores from the spot for Peter­bor­ough LET’S HUG: Gabriel Zakuani, left, is hailed by Ri­cardo San­tos

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