Dar­ren’s de­fi­ant as Posh nab the points

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mark Wil­liams

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

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SON Peterbo

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