Pil­grims make no progress against fast starters Posh

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

It took the Ply­mouth team bus 14 hours to get to Peter­bor­ough on the eve of this match, but it took their play­ers just four min­utes to fall be­hind.

A cross from Leo Da Silva Lopes ca­reered into the Ply­mouth net off the back of vis­it­ing de­fender Gary Sawyer to in­di­cate to the Pil­grims it might not be their day.

Con­fir­ma­tion ar­rived with a sec­ond goal from Ju­nior Morias two min­utes af­ter the re-start and by a string of fine saves from debu­tant Posh keeper Jonathan Bond that en­sured Grant McCann was the hap­pier of the two man­agers at the end.

Ac­tu­ally that’s not much of a claim as Ply­mouth boss Derek Adams was seen rag­ing dur­ing the game and af­ter it at a per­ceived set of in­jus­tices.

Most no­tably, ac­cord­ing to Adams, Morias’ goal should have been stran­gled at birth by a foul by Jack Mar­riott who knocked huge vis­it­ing de­fender Sonny Bradley tothe­ground­with­the­mer­est of con­tacts be­fore squar­ing for his strike part­ner.

Mind you as Adams reck­oned his side were ‘bril­liant’ and ‘an­ni­hi­lated Posh’ his opin­ion can be taken with the pre­ver­bial pinch of salt.

Bond did make crack­ing saves in each half to keep out Joel Grant and Jake Jervis, but Ply­mouth ‘keeper Luke McCormick was also ex­cel­lent af­ter the break to deny Michael Doughty and Mar­riott, both of whom were set up by Mar­cus Mad­di­son who came alive for just those 10 min­utes of a tough con­test.

Mad­di­son still man­aged to dom­i­nate the post-match head­lines as he made al­le­ga­tions of spit­ting against an un­named op­po­nent (on Twit­ter, rather ill-ad­vis­edly) who was pre­sum­ably fed up with see­ing the Posh star rolling around on the ground af­ter very tackle, foul or oth­er­wise.

Posh were play­ing their best foot­ball of the match at 2-0 up be­fore a break­away goal for Ply­mouth sub­sti­tute Gregg Wylde en­sured a nervy fi­nal 15 min­utes.

But cap­tain Jack Bald­win and his fel­low centre-backs Ryan Tafazolli and Steve Tay­lor re­mained strong even though their wing-backs clearly pre­ferred at­tack­ing to de­fend­ing.

Both goal­keep­ers made crack­ing saves.

Ju­nior Morias scores the sec­ond Posh goal.

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