WESTLEY WARNS HE WANTS MORE
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.”
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