The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Mor­shead

GRAHAM West­ley watched his Peterborough side see off Swin­don to se­cure their third vic­tory of his four-game ten­ure – and promptly de­clared he still has plenty of work to do.

Jon Tay­lor’s first-half strike was fol­lowed by a com­edy sec­ond from Lee An­gol af­ter the break to hand Posh suc­cess at the County Ground – their first three-point re­turn from a trip to Wilt­shire in more than nine years.

West­ley has also mas­ter­minded wins against Brad­ford and Mill­wall since be­ing ap­pointed to the top job at Lon­don Road, lead­ing Posh to eighth place in the League One ta­ble in the process, but he ad­mit­ted his side is still far from the fin­ished ar­ti­cle.

“Any­one who watched us would have seen some very good football, a com­mit­ted per­for­mance but lots of room for im­prove­ment,” he said.

“Our job is to make sure we keep bed­ding in the con­fi­dence.

“In the first half we owned the football for large pe­ri­ods and went for­ward with real am­bi­tion and qual­ity and could easily have had more than one goal.

“Af­ter half-time we ex­pected a re­ac­tion from them and for the first ten or 15 min­utes we got ex­actly that.

“We then dropped our level a lit­tle bit and we let them back into it in lit­tle spells.

“It was an un­for­tu­nate own goal to con­cede but in fair­ness they have worked some good chances.

“Ben Glad­win was ex­cel­lent for them in the ten role and we had to work very hard to keep on top of what he was of­fer­ing.

“But we ground it out and showed real de­sire in the way we blocked and de­fended.”

Swin­don dom­i­nated the open­ing half hour, with Glad­win go­ing close twice, but Peterborough came back into the match and Tay­lor hit the frame of the hosts’ goal in the 29th minute.

Nine min­utes later, the Posh midfielder opened the scor­ing. Jer­maine An­der­son’s loop­ing ball into the box fell to Tay­lor, whose volley squeezed be­tween Lawrence Vigouroux’s legs.

Peterborough added a com­i­cal sec­ond eight min­utes af­ter half-time. Vigouroux failed to clear Raphael Branco’s back­pass, in­stead al­low­ing An­gol the op­por­tu­nity to tap home into an un­guarded net from a yard.

Swin­don found a life­line with 16 min­utes re­main­ing, as Michael Bost­wick headed An­ton Rodgers’ free-kick into his own net, but the hosts failed to find an equaliser.

“I thought we did well with a team we cob­bled to­gether,” said Swin­don man­ager Mark Cooper.

“We can’t leg­is­late for the sec­ond goal but it gives them the cush­ion and some­thing to hang on to.

“When you get in­ex­pe­ri­ence like that, that’s go­ing to hap­pen.

“Glad­win came in and added a lot to us. He could have scored three or four goals.

“In the first 20 min­utes we had loads of pos­ses­sion and a lit­tle bit more qual­ity on the shot and we could easily have scored.

“We got done with a sucker punch goal but I thought we did re­ally well in the sec­ond half.

“We needed one more bit of qual­ity in and around the box. We had loads more op­por­tu­ni­ties and it didn’t quite hap­pen.

“It’s dif­fi­cult when you’re hav­ing to play dif­fer­ent play­ers all the time. It’s changed ev­ery week be­cause of in­juries and sus­pen­sions and un­til you’ve got a set­tled team it’s hard to get any­thing set in stone.

“You just come back to the fact that you’ve got so many of your bet­ter play­ers un­avail­able. We’ve some­how got to scram­ble a re­sult from some­where.”

PIC­TURES: Terry Parker

TUS­SLE: Swin­don’s Adam El Abd gets to grips with Peterborough’s Lee An­gol

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