The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Phillips

DANIEL Bent­ley saved a last-gasp penalty to earn Southend United a point, but man­ager Phil Brown was left ques­tion­ing why the spot kick was given in the first place.

Bent­ley pulled off a fine save to keep out Chris For­rester’s in­jury-time ef­fort from 12 yards, af­ter Adam Thomp­son was ad­judged to have fouled Mar­cus Mad­di­son.

And for Brown it was a case of re­lief rather than joy, af­ter he dis­agreed ve­he­mently with the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion.

“It’s not the lines­man’s job to flag like that for a penalty any­more,” said Brown.

“He’s backed the ref into a cor­ner and it could’ve cost us.That’s the clos­est in 36 years I’ve seen to any­body cheat­ing. Jus­tice was done in the end when it was saved but we had a few op­por­tu­ni­ties too.

“On the bal­ance of play we de­served a point and I’m pleased be­cause it’s been the long­est week of my life. And if that had gone in at the end then it would’ve been even longer.”

Southend picked up a point on the back of three suc­ces­sive heavy de­feats, but Posh started brightly and Erhun Oz­tumer came close to giv­ing them an early lead when he had a well struck 25-yard shot im­pres­sively tipped over the cross­bar by Bent­ley.

Mo­ments later, Southend full-back Luke O’Neill fired straight at Posh goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick be­fore the shot-stop­per palmed away Ty­rone Bar­nett’s header from Jack Payne’s right-wing cor­ner.

In re­ply, Peter­bor­ough’s in-form striker Conor Wash­ing­ton sent a de­flected 20 yard shot wide of the left post be­fore the lively Oz­tumer saw an ef­fort from a sim­i­lar dis­tanced par­ried to safety by Bent­ley.

Af­ter the break, Bent­ley did su­perbly well to claw away Lee An­gol’s close range header be­fore the Shrimpers shot-stop­per im­pres­sively tipped over a well struck 20 yard shot from Wash­ing­ton.

Posh con­tin­ued to push for­ward with For­rester hav­ing a swerv­ing 20 yard shot well held by Bent­ley Southend’s Jack Payne who dragged his low shot wide of the right post.

How­ever, Posh squan­dered an even bet­ter chance to win the game right at the death when the hosts were awarded a con­tro­ver­sial penalty fol­low­ing a chal­lenge from Thomp­son on Mad­di­son.

But Bent­ley was not to be beaten as he dived to his left hand side to smother For­rester’s spot-kick, much to the frus­tra­tion of Peter­bor­ough boss Gra­ham West­ley.

“Southend stopped us play­ing,” said West­ley.

“I knew with the ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers they have they would come and play like that on the back of their last three games but we should have been able to do more about it. “We only started to play to­wards the end when we started to open them up but the penalty summed up our lack­adaisi­cal play for most of the match.”


SQUAN­DERED: Peter­bor­ough’s Chris For­rester takes a penalty in stop­page time which is saved

CHAL­LENGE: Ri­cardo Santos leaps to head the ball



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