Ben comes out on top in bat­tle of broth­ers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Owens

PETER­BOR­OUGH boss Gra­ham West­ley had goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick to thank as Posh left Vale Park with a point de­spite con­ced­ing two sec­ond­half penal­ties.

Al­nwick pro­duced a se­ries of fine stops in a fix­ture which pit­ted him against younger brother Jak in the op­po­site goal.

The former Spurs stop­per kept out a Michael O’Con­nor spot-kick be­fore ap­pear­ing to un­nerve Vale’s sec­ond penalty taker Sam Fo­ley with his goal-line an­tics.

“Credit to Ben, be­cause good goal­keep­ers make that sort of dif­fer­ence to a game,”West­ley said.

“A penalty is a one-on-one con­test, there’s go­ing to be a win­ner and a loser, and he won both chal­lenges,” West­ley added.

Enoch An­doh’s closerange fin­ish had given the hosts the ad­van­tage at the break. But Posh would have gone fur­ther be­hind within two min­utes of the restart had Al­nwick not atoned for the er­ror of bring­ing An­doh down in the box af­ter push­ing away Colin Daniel’s ini­tial strike.

Michael O’Con­nor stepped up, strik­ing his penalty to Al­nwick’s left, only for the goal­keeper to punch the ball over the bar.

It was a feat younger brother Jak was un­able to match eight min­utes later, as Michael Bost­wick lev­elled em­phat­i­cally for the vis­i­tors from 12 yards af­ter a foul on Souley­mane Coulibaly.

The elder Al­nwick sib­ling pro­duced an­other fine save to pre­vent Vale from restor­ing their lead two min­utes later, push­ing Sam Fo­ley’s low strike away at the near post.

But Vale won an­other penalty five min­utes from time, af­ter Gabriel Zakuani hauled Uche Ik­peazu down.

Fo­ley stepped up to take Vale’s sec­ond spot kick, but ap­peared to be put off by Al­nwick, and saw his penalty crash down off the cross­bar be­fore bounc­ing back off the goal­keeper’s head and be­hind for a cor­ner.

But nei­ther man­ager was sat­is­fied with the re­sult, with West­ley adding:“Some peo­ple will en­joy win­ning a point away from home, but I never en­joy it. I like win­ning foot­ball matches. “If you’re go­ing to achieve, you’ve got to win games, and nick­ing points is not what we’re about.”

Vale boss Rob Page ad­mit­ted his frus­tra­tion at the two missed penal­ties, but was im­pressed with his side’s dis­play.

“I feel that we’ve thrown two points away, but the per­for­mance was ex­cel­lent,” Page said.

“It was a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon, but we’ll take the pos­i­tives and move for­wards.”

And Page added that O’Con­nor would re­main Vale’s penalty taker.

“Ev­ery­body makes mis­takes,” he added.

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