TO A PER­FECT POSH START

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

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.”

HEAD OVER HEELS: Souley­mane Coulibaly of Posh at­tempts to score in ac­ro­batic style

STAR MAN CAL­LUM EL­DER Peterbo

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