UN­HAPPY RE­TURN FOR BOSS FER­GU­SON

Posh hit Rovers for four

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

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son got a tremen­dous re­cep­tion on his re­turn to Peter­bor­ough, but the new Don­caster Rovers boss ad­mit­ted that was the only good thing to come from his side’s poor dis­play at Lon­don Road.

Fer­gu­son is Posh’s most suc­cess­ful ever man­ager with three pro­mo­tions and a John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy win, but on his first re­turn to the club since be­ing sacked in Fe­bru­ary he had to suf­fer from the at­tack­ing, vi­brant foot­ball that Peter­bor­ough’s fans used to as­so­ciate with his teams.

Goals from Gabriel Zakuani and Erhun Oz­tumer be­fore half-time and Callum Elder and Conor Wash­ing­ton af­ter the break made it an en­joy­able af­ter­noon for the league’s top scor­ers.

And af­ter his sec­ond match in the Donny dugout, Fer­gu­son was in no doubt as to how much im­prove­ment is needed with his new side.

He said: “I got a great re­cep­tion and I was pleased with that. But that’s prob­a­bly the only good thing to come from to­day. It’s a re­ally good club.

“We spoke at length about the op­po­si­tion and how we did not want the game to go. And then it went ex­actly how they wanted it to go and how we did not want it to.

“The game was stretched and they have a lot of pace in them. They were bet­ter than us in ev­ery depart­ment.

“We knew we had work to do and all of the things I’ve seen from the game here is not go­ing to change that. We’ve got some very, very good play­ers but we have to be in­tel­li­gent.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult day but credit to Peter­bor­ough.”

Fer­gu­son must have been re­lieved his side were only two goals down at half-time af­ter Posh com­pletely bossed the play.

The prob­lems be­gan early as Zakuani met Oz­tumer’s cor­ner with a bul­let header, with the home fans soon taunt­ing Fer­gu­son with chants of ‘Sacked in the morn­ing’ and ‘Fergie, what’s the score?’

Posh’s Souley­mane Coulibaly rat­tled the in­side of the post from 20 yards and Wash­ing­ton scuffed a shot with just Thorsten Stuck­mann to beat, but Oz­tumer dou­bled the lead af­ter sweep­ing onto Coulibaly’s lay-off to curl low into the net from just out­side the area.

Coulibaly was then only de­nied a goal by good work from Stuck­mann af­ter Oz­tumer’s first-time pass played him through on goal.

And soon af­ter the break Elder’s fierce strike hit the face of Andy But­ler and re­bounded back to him to make it 3-0.

But­ler then had a header cleared off the line by Michael Bost­wick and Nathan Tyson helped on a right-wing cross from James Cop­pinger with his boot, but it re­bounded off the in­side of the post.

And that was as good as things got for the vis­i­tors who saw Wash­ing­ton net a su­perb right-foot shot from 25 yards out as Posh scored their sixth home goal in a week, al­though man­ager Gra­ham West­ley felt his side could have been even more clin­i­cal.

“It was a pos­i­tive per­for­mance and it was good to see a clean sheet,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one will know we’ve not been as tidy as we could have been de­fen­sively. I want a pas­sion in the team for de­fend­ing. “Go­ing for­ward at times we were breath­tak­ing. There was some fan­tas­tic at­tack­ing play.

“Not many teams in League One would fancy play­ing against that. I want this to be a side that scores a lot of goals. I want sides to feel at­tacked.

“Erhun is a wizard, he is a bril­liant in­di­vid­ual. I called him Harry be­fore the game and you know why.

“There are times when you pick out in­di­vid­u­als but this was a job well done.

“Ev­ery­one watch­ing that would have said we could have scored ten and it needs to be ten.”

ZAK AT­TACK: Peter­bor­ough de­fender Gabriel Zakuani scores from a cor­ner to make it 1-0

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

SU­PER CALLY: Peter­bor­ough de­fender Callum Elder scores to make it 3-0, while ex-Posh boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son asks ques­tions of his new Don­caster play­ers, in­set

CHEER­LEAD-ER: Peter­bor­ough’s Erhun Oz­tumer cel­e­brates

STAR MAN ERHUN OZ­TUMER Peter­bor­ough

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