Saun­ders heartache af­ter Posh late show

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

A DIS­BE­LIEV­ING Dean Saun­ders will look to rally his dev­as­tated Craw­ley play­ers for some fi­nal-day hero­ics af­ter they suf­fered late heart­break at Peter­bor­ough.

Conor Wash­ing­ton and Michael Bost­wick scored in the last three min­utes for Posh af­ter Josh Simp­son had ap­peared to give Craw­ley a priceless win in their fight against rel­e­ga­tion.

Wash­ing­ton and Bost­wick had ear­lier scored to cancel out Marvin El­liott’s opener for Craw­ley who also saw Mathias Pogba make it 2-2.

Hav­ing seen his side drop into the rel­e­ga­tion zone ahead of a cru­cial match against fel­low strug­glers Coven­try City, a dis­ap­pointed Saun­ders said: “It’s just un­be­liev­able. We had it won with three min­utes to go. That’s foot­ball isn’t it? They did not look like scor­ing. I thought we were in con­trol.

“They are dev­as­tated in the dress­ing room. When you need a bit of a luck we didn’t get it.

“I would have been dev­as­tated with a point and all of a sud­den we have come away with noth­ing.We are still alive though and it looks like we have to win next week to stay up.

“You just have to put the be­lief back in.We scored three great goals and de­fen­sively we were not all over the place.

“It was just three un­be­liev­able strikes.”

El­liott had given his side the lead af­ter fir­ing in Izale McLeod’s low cross.

Peter­bor­ough equalised af­ter Bost­wick’s 25 yard free-kick hit the post with Wash­ing­ton putting in the re­bound.

Bost­wick scored af­ter the break as he fired low from 25 yards, but Pogba equalised af­ter cush­ion­ing in a vol­ley from eight yards out af­ter a longth­row from Kelly Youga was flicked on to him by McLeod.

McLeod was the provider again as he found Simp­son in lots of space down the left-side of the area to strike low.

Bost­wick then scored from the edge of the area be­fore Wash­ing­ton se­cured the dra­matic win­ner, turn­ing in a re­bound af­ter Gabriel Zakuani had headed against the post. Peter­bor­ough in­terim manager Dave Robert­son, who gave 16year-old Leo Da-Silva-Lopes his de­but, said: “I said we wanted to go out with a bang and we have done that. It was ex­cit­ing.

“I think Leo has done well. He grew into the game and he un­der­stands he needed to play a lit­tle bit quicker. They got af­ter him early on.

“To win a game like that with two un­der-18s and a 16-year-old is fan­tas­tic.

“The de­ci­sion [about who will man­age next sea­son] will be made over the next cou­ple of weeks.”



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