TO A PERFECT POSH START
GRAHAM WESTLEY certainly enjoyed his return to management at Peterborough after describing their victory over Bradford in the most glowing of terms.
The new Posh boss saw Lee Angol and Chris Forrester strike twice in two second-half minutes to make it a winning start, but is refusing to speculate on his new side’s chances of promotion from League One.
Westley was unveiled as manager on Monday morning, to the disappointment of many fans who were harbouring hopes that Brian McDermott would get the job.
But an opening win at Bradford City has the former Preston and Stevenage manager excited by the potential of his youthful squad.
“The club has welcomed me with open arms. The dressing room has been fabulous,” said Westley.
“They are one hell of a group of players. They’ve got fantastic talent amongst them, they showed a massive desire to win the football match. Their work rate was phenomenal, they passed the ball very, very well, they were intelligent in the way they played the game and scored two cracking goals.
“I think we played very well and the lads got what they deserved.We have so many technical players at the club we have to get that passing game going and get the fitness up so we can retain the ball for much longer periods of time.
“But there was some exhilarating play, they showed what they can do and it’s fun to be a part of.”
On whether the team can go up Westley added: “I think all that matters in football is that you focus on the next match.”
Posh’s win made it seven points from three matches since the sacking of Dave Robertson against a Bradford side who saw Paul Anderson limp off after a 50-50 challenge with Michael Bostwick.
After a quiet first 45 minutes the Bantams began the second half well and came close to scoring when Steven Davies – who replaced Anderson – headed a Lee Evans corner onto the post.
The visitors then struck twice. First Souleymane Coulibaly found Marcus Maddison inside the area and when his low shot was saved by Brad Jones, Angol tapped in his third goal in as many games.
Moments later Coulibaly had an effort from inside the box deflect kindly to Forrester who shot past Jones at his near post.
Devante Cole for Bradford and Angol then both misdirected free headers as improving Posh made it back-to-back away wins and ended Bradford’s five-match unbeaten run.
Bantams boss Phil Parkinson felt Anderson’s injury knocked the stuffing out of his side but was disappointed with the response to falling behind.
He said:“I’m just disappointed that at two-nil down we lacked urgency to get back into it.
“We needed to quicken it up but the service from the back was too slow. We needed to create an urgency and intensity and we were not able to do it.
“I did not feel there was enough fight to get back into.
“Last week we conceded a couple of goals against Sheffield United and came back into it well, but this week we did not. We ran out of ideas and lost our way.
“It was not a real Bradford City performance where we get crosses into the box and make their defenders defend. We made it too easy for them.
“Some of the set-play deliveries were top class and I will look at them again to see if we are doing enough to get on the end of them.”
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