TEEN TAL­IS­MAN SA­MUELSEN TIPPED TO RISE TO THE TOP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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.”

PIC­TURE: Sport Im­age

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

STAR MAN BEN AL­NWICK Peter­bor­ough

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