Slippery in defence and toothless in attack, dire Donny beaten by rampant Posh.
It was a disappointing return to London Road for Darren Ferguson, as Posh’s most successful gaffer of recent times faced the sort of free-flowing football he would’ve expected while he was in the Peterborough United dugout.
Gaby Zakuani continued his fine goal-scoring form by heading his 3rd goal of the campaign from an Erhun Oztumer corner. The Turk would then profit from Soulymane Coulibaly’s painstaking run down the left, as he swept past Thorsten Stuckman from 18 yards to double the advantage. Australian left-back Callum Elder’s hard work paid dividends as Posh continued to run rampant. Conor Washington wrapped up the scoring as he fired home from distance, having earlier scuffed wide after clean through on the Doncaster goal.
Posh were sluggish from the first whistle in Graham Westley’s inaugural defeat of his Posh career in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Wigan Athletic. The opening 45 minutes was full of painstaking errors that night for Posh and it was obviously something Westley picked up on as his side were quick out of the blocks. Skipper Gaby Zakuani would head Posh in front on 9 minutes before limping off not long later. Erhun Oztumer was instrumental throughout the afternoon, his dazzling feet and precise cross-field switches causing anarchy in the Doncaster backline. Posh would go into the break 2-0 ahead courtesy of Oztumer’s sweet left footed strike, but his tremendous work-rate was worth far more than that solitary goal. He would later be substituted to a standing ovation from the London Road faithful with Lee Angol replacing him.
Callum Elder has been a consistent performer during his short tenure with the League One club, and he got his first Posh goal thanks to some dreadful defending from Andy Butler. The Leicester loanee surged up and down the left flank all day long, giving the aging Donny midfield barely any room to breath. His efforts would finaly pay off when the ball fell kindly for him to steer home from close range.
Nathan Tyson was the only threat Darren Ferguson’s men could muster all afternoon, his blistering pace regularly threatened the lanky Ricardo Santos, but the Portuguese centre-half stood strong. He had his chance with a quarter of an hour remaining but the former Derby frontman’s hooked volley rebounded off the inside of the post. With the Yorkshire-men constantly pushing to regain some pride, posh found their chances limited to counter attacking play. After being preferred to Lee Angol ahead of kick-off, Conor Washington found the net for just the third time this season, smashing home a superbly executed volley far out of the reach of Rovers’ goalkeeper.
Posh – Alnwick, 6 – Zakuani, 6 (Smith, 7) – Santos, 7 – Elder, 7 – Anderson, 6 (Fox, 6) – Forrester, 7 – Taylor, 7 – Bostwick, 6 – Oztumer, 8 (Angol, 6) – Coulibaly, 7 – Washington, 7.
Doncaster – Stuckman, 5 – Lund, 5 – McCullough, 5 – Butler, 4 – Evina, 5 – Wellens, 5 (Middleton, 6) – Coppinger, 5 – Chaplow, 4 (Taylor-Sinclair, 6) – Stewart, 5 – Williams, 4 (Forrester, 5) – Tyson, 6
Full Time Peterborough United 4-0 Doncaster Rovers