Darren’s defiant as Posh nab the points
A DETERMINED Darren Ferguson will this week step up his hunt for an experienced striker after watching his plummeting Doncaster Rovers lose again.
An injury time strike by Ricardo Santos all but secured Peterborough United’s status in League One for another season – but it was harsh on their former boss Ferguson, whose side are now 13 games without a win and in the relegation places.
It could, and should, have been very different after James Coppinger fired the hosts into an early lead and Donny dominated for large spells of a lively encounter.
Ferguson said:“I would have been disappointed with a draw so you can imagine how devastated the dressing room is after a defeat like that.
“I have until Thursday to bring in a striker and I want him to be experienced. I know the fans will think we are doomed because that is the way it’s looking but the players can’t afford to think like that and I certainly don’t.
“I am mentally strong and I have to stay that way. This was a far more positive performance from us and we have to take the positives.
“We should have taken a host of chances and we should have got the three points.”
Rovers stormed into the lead after six minutes when a sweeping break resulted in Andy Williams squaring the ball for an onrushing Coppinger who made no mistake from six yards.
The hosts almost doubled their advantage when the impressive Coppinger danced through three defenders before his deflected shot went just wide.
Against the run of play, Posh equalised on 43 minutes when the dangerous Marcus Maddison’s excellent cross was prodded home by Aaron Williams.
In desperate search of a winner after the break, Ferguson’s men piled forward and Andy Williams squirmed an effort agonisingly wide before Nathan Tyson, clean through, forced a brave save by Ben Alnwick.
The hosts forced corner after corner late on but, from nowhere, the visitors broke and Maddison crossed deep for full-back Santos to fire home from close range.
Relieved Posh boss Graham Westley said: “We have been on a horrible run in form so this is a huge relief.
“We had to weather a storm in the second half but we bounced back in strong fashion.We had to deal with real pressure but we stood firm and went on to sneak a winner.
“We had more than 1,400 fans travel up and that is astonishing support considering our run of form.
“I thought Santos took his goal very well. He is young and can go all the way.”
STAR MAN MARCU