Not in a million years did I think we would be scoring 9 goals in 3 games under the tutelage of Graham Westley. As you may of guessed, I was speculative of the former Stevenage gaffer’s chances in the posh dugout. But the enthusiasm and attack minded play of the past three games has completely reversed my thoughts.
I went into yesterday’s match against Millwall expecting the Londoners to dominate the opening exchanges, and their bullish nature to be too much for our young side to handle. How wrong could I be? All the negative thoughts had drifted away after seeing the attacking trident that would start the game. Lee Angol seems to have found his feet after being isolated by former manager Dave Robertson. Soulymane Coulibaly has adorned himself to the London Road faithful with his tireless work-rate and flair on the ball. The only decision that I really questioned, was the inclusion of misfiring forward Conor Washington. Last seasons top marksman was yet to get on the score sheet until yesterday, his lung busting run onto Marcus Maddison’s long ball should ultimately save his place in the starting eleven for another week.
Posh’s first half performance was the stuff of dreams. Angol adapted to the slightly deeper role perfectly. His physical nature neutralizing Millwall’s midfield trio. And it was the former Luton man who would break the deadlock with a quarter of an hour played. Although rarely starting in a Hatters shirt, his celebration in front of a fierce away following just fuelled posh even more. Jon Taylor’s firecracker just three minutes later would justify his selection in a much deeper role than he is accustomed to. The only blot on Posh’s copybook from their first half performance would be the unfortunate injury to goalkeeper and captain Ben Alnwick. The 27-year-old was caught in an aerial dual with Steve Morison and came out worse off, Dion Henry replacing him for his first appearance in the Blue and White.
The youngster’s inexperience was exposed twice in the opening ten minutes of the second half. Whatever was said at half time obviously worked as Byron Webster and then Tony Craig scored to level the scoreline. Chris Forrester threw the advantage back to Boro’ before Conor Washington settled some shaky hands. Mark Beevers brought the Lions back into contention with yet another header. But Taylor capped his best performance in a Posh shirt by beating Jordan Archer at his near post.
Despite the lack of a goal, it’s hard to say Marcus Maddison was not at his scintillating best. He terrorised the sluggish Tony Craig throughout the first half, and was instrumental in Conor Washington’s goal that stretched the lead to two goals. He was desperately unlucky 5 minutes from time as his side footed free kick crashed against the bar, but the game was already over despite some heart in mouth moments at the back.