Sad­dlers ‘Bank-s’ a lucky point

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

It wasn’t quite Gor­donBanks v Pele in the 1970 World Cup, but Posh­man­agerGran­tMcCann’s post-match­com­ment was un­der­stand­able.

Posh cur­rently lack po­tency in front of goal so to see Wal­sall ‘keeper Neil Etheridge fly through the air to claw Tom Ni­chols’ six-yard header from un­der his own cross­bar 20 min­utes from time was a most frus­trat­ing mo­ment for the home camp.

Etheridge­has­re­cent­form against Posh, and in League One­gen­er­ally, fo­rath­leti­cism and agility and he con­firmed his sta­tus as the di­vi­sion’s top num­ber one at the ABAX.

Wal­sall were never un­der siege from a Posh side who again played some lovely foot­ball in mid­field, but Etheridge­madet­wootherkey­in­ter­ven­tions which­p­re­served a point for the visi­tors.

Ade­flected20-yard strike from Gwion Ed­wards looked goal­bound in the lat­ter stages of the first-half un­til Etheridge con­torted his body and tipped the ball be­hind for a cor­ner.

And, dur­ing a bright start to the sec­ond-half, Etheridge made good ground across his goal-line to push Ge­orge Mon­cur’s pre­cise 18 -yard shot to safety.

And when Etheridge was beaten, Flo Cu­ve­lier was on on hand to boot Ed­wards’ shot off the goal-line af­ter re­called cen­tre-back Ryan Tafa­zolli had made his pres­ence felt from a cor­ner in the fi­nal act of the first pe­riod.

Posh de­served to win, but Wal­sall, prompt­ed­by­former home favourite Erhun Oz­tumer, enjoyed good mo­ments most no­tably when Simeon Jack­son­head­edthem­in­front on 16 min­utes and four min­utes from time when left­back Scott Laird was played through by Oz­tumer only to see his shot can­non to safety off the in­side of a post.

Poshe­qualised on27min­utes with a beauty from Mar­cus Mad­di­son who curled the ball home from the edge of the area.

It was go­ing to take that sort of qual­ity to de­feat Etheridge. Un­for­tu­nately Posh couldn’t reach such heights again.

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