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

APER­FOR­MANCE which wins pro­mo­tion was Gra­ham West­ley’s ver­dict on a gritty Peter­bor­ough United vic­tory as he praised the char­ac­ter shown by his young play­ers.

Free-flow­ing Posh showed the other side of their game to see off spir­ited Fleet­wood with Jer­maine An­der­son head­ing in the win­ner.

Peter­bor­ough had taken the lead thanks to Souley­mane Coulibaly be­fore David Ball capped off a well-worked equaliser, and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to see off a late Fleet­wood on­slaught was very pleas­ing for West­ley.

“We knew at times we would have to be pa­tient, work it out from the back and draw them out, but first half we were not clin­i­cal,” said the Peter­bor­ough boss.

“Sec­ond half we got af­ter the game, got one-nil up, then they showed the com­pla­cency young play­ers show.

“Then it’s a ques­tion of char­ac­ter, and we showed the char­ac­ter it takes to win games and win pro­mo­tion.

“It was bod­ies on the line, backs against the wall and it was a very good three points.”

On An­der­son, who scored his third goal in as many matches, West­ley added: “He was not at his best out there, but he’s a fan­tas­tic player and he’s learned the other side of the game.”

Peter­bor­ough squan­dered sev­eral shots at goal but the visi­tors should have scored when an un­marked An­toni Sarce­vic curled over.That was a miss which proved costly as Coulibaly got on the end of Cal­lum El­der’s left-wing cross less than 90 sec­onds af­ter com­ing on.

Fleet­wood re­sponded through their own sub­sti­tute in Ball af­ter a nice touch into his path from an­other re­place­ment in Tariqe Fosu.

An­der­son then grabbed the win­ner, beat­ing the visi­tors’ de­fence to head in Michael Smith’s right-wing cross, but Posh were grate­ful to goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick who tipped a fierce shot by Fleet­wood debu­tant David He­nen onto the bar.

The Cod Army re­main in the rel­e­ga­tion places and man­ager Steven Press­ley be­moaned two goals con­ceded from crosses.

He said: “When the ball comes in the box de­fend­ers have to do their jobs and do their bread and but­ter. They didn’t and it’s cost us.

“First half I didn’t think we played with be­lief.We con­ceded too many turnovers when we looked com­fort­able in pos­ses­sion.

“Sec­ond half we were ex­cel­lent and far more like our­selves. We cre­ated some un­be­liev­able chances. It was a real spec­ta­cle and a real ad­vert for the league.

“I’ve said to the play­ers we are a good team and to be­lieve in our­selves more and turn th­ese per­for­mances into vic­to­ries

“We should take a lot of con­fi­dence from the sec­ond half.”


HANDY AN­DER­SON: Peter­bor­ough’s Jer­maine An­der­son cel­e­brates scor­ing the win­ner af­ter David Ball had net­ted Fleet­wood’s equaliser, inset

SOU-MER­SAULT: Posh ace Souley­mane Coulibaly flips

STAR MAN JON TAY­LOR Peter­bor­ough

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