TEEN TALISMAN SAMUELSEN TIPPED TO RISE TO THE TOP
PETERBOROUGH United boss Graham Westley believes Martin Samuelsen will one day grace the Premier League after his dramatic winner at Sheffield United.
Samuelsen conjured up a wonder goal six minutes from time to wrap up a memorable 3-2 win for Peterborough.
It looked as though Posh would be denied all three points by Jack Baldwin’s own goal in the 84th minute, but Posh refused to settle for a draw and 18-year-old midfielder Samuelsen – on loan at London Road from West Ham – struck to wrap up a thrilling clash.
“When he walked into the club we knew we were dealing with someone special,” said Westley.
“I have no doubt he will play at the top and we are part of his development.
“His goal did not surprise me, I have seen it in training and know he has it in him.
“He showed fantastic ability. He is a special player and a pleasure to work with.
“This is a hard place to come against a big team in a big environment and it was a great test for us. We do not have a lot of experience, with a lot of players playing in the Conference South not so long ago.
“They have come a long way and showed great courage and conviction to get this win.
“We looked good going forward and had a lot of energy.
“At 2-1 we were pushing for the third goal. The lads will get a lot of confidence from this win.”
The visitors withstood a fierce first-half onslaught, with goalkeeper Ben Alnwick pulling off two fine saves and the Blades wasting a number of good chances to take command.
Paul Coutts fired just over for Sheffield United on 12 minutes after a good spell of pressure, before Conor Washington cracked a thunderous 25-yard effort past George Long to put Posh ahead on 18 minutes with his tenth league goal of the campaign.
Long saved well at the feet of Washington on 23 minutes after Posh carved open the home defence.
Billy Sharp hit the post on 25 minutes, then Alnwick produced a stunning reflex save to deny Chris Basham as the home side pushed for the equaliser. The leveller finally came when Sharp emphatically scored from the spot on 32 minutes after he had won a penalty.
Alnwick got down well to turn a Coutts free-kick away, before an unmarked Basham headed wide as Sheffield United dominated at the end of the first half.
That dominance was ended in style minutes after the restart when Erhun Oztumer sailed a long-range effort over Long to put Posh back in front.
Substitute Jose Baxter had a shot deflected for a corner on the hour mark, before Long alertly saved from Marcus Maddison as the game became stretched.
Sharp hit an acrobatic effort at Alnwick on 75 minutes in what was becoming a rare chance for United, but they levelled with six minutes to go through Baldwin’s own goal.
However, Peterborough fought back almost instantly and went in front once again when Samuelsen tricked his way into the box before confidently firing home the winner.
Blades boss Nigel Adkins revealed his disappointment but he believes United must stay strong and keep building.
“It is disappointing to lose the game after we had got back into it,” he said.
“From Peterborough’s point of view it is a good winner, but we have the experience on the pitch and should have shut their winner down.
“In that situation we should have at least got the draw.
“We played some good football in the first half and created chances, which is important. Their goalkeeper has pulled off some great saves.
“They have scored three wonder goals, but we need to tighten up at the back.
“The atmosphere was great around the place today and we need to stick together. It is important that we keep our resolve strong so we can continue to build from this point.
“There will be players going out in the transfer window so we have a more manageable squad, we will also be bringing a couple of players in.”
POSH PARTY: Erhun Oztumer is mobbed after his wonder strike for Peterborough while, inset top, Conor Washington celebrates the opener and, inset bottom, Billy Sharp scores from the spot for Sheffield United
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