Kelly bites the bullet af­ter Posh run riot

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Carter

THE axe fell on Dar­ren Kelly af­ter this de­feat with as­sis­tant man­ager Dean Holden ad­mit­ting Old­ham de­served noth­ing against five-star Peterborough.

A new-look strike pair­ing of debu­tant Lee An­gol and Souley­mane Coulibaly both net­ted twice for Posh at Bound­ary Park, with Erhun Oz­tumer grab­bing the other as the visi­tors quickly put be­hind them the sack­ing of pre­vi­ous boss Dave Robert­son dur­ing the week.

Rhys Mur­phy got one back for the home team but that was as good as it got for Old­ham with man­ager Kelly re­lieved from his post shortly af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

“It was a poor per­for­mance,” Holden said. “We were in the game when we got a goal back in the sec­ond half and were on top at that stage.

“Then we went back to things we were do­ing in the first half.

“We con­ceded sloppy goals – and you can’t win games when you con­cede goals as bad as those we let in.

“We didn’t play as a team and were out-fought and that is the dis­ap­point­ing thing.

“Now is not the time for fin­ger point­ing. It’s time for peo­ple to go away and look at them­selves and ask if they are giv­ing enough.”

Ex-Lu­ton for­ward An­gol’s first, af­ter 14 min­utes, came af­ter Coulibaly got in down the left and crossed to al­low a sim­ple fin­ish in­side the six-yard box. The visi­tors dou­bled their lead when An­gol robbed Con­nor Brown and cut back for Oz­tumer to fire in right­footed with the aid of a slight de­flec­tion.

Mur­phy pulled a goal back with a lovely left­footed fin­ish in the 48th minute, sec­onds af­ter Carl Winch­ester had struck a post from the edge of the box for Old­ham.

But Jer­maine An­der­son slipped a ball through for Coulibaly to poke be­yond keeper Joel Coleman in the 62nd minute and shortly af­ter the same player headed home a Mar­cus Mad­di­son cross.

Old­ham sub­sti­tute Do­minic Poleon hit a post at the other end, but An­gol fired home a fifth.

“In spells we were breath­tak­ing,” said Posh care­taker boss Grant McCann .“Ev­ery­body wanted the ball and I’m de­lighted with ev­ery one of them.

“The front two were ex­cel­lent. I told the play­ers on Tues­day I was pick­ing a team based on what I saw in train­ing.

“Old­ham have a big pitch and I picked the team based on that be­cause I thought we could keep the ball.

“An­gol was a hand­ful through­out the game. He has pace and ag­gres­sion and with Coulibaly giv­ing us an op­tion in be­hind, we were al­ways a threat.

“The play­ers lis­tened to what I have said and took it onto the pitch.”



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