Hi all and welcome to another edition of ‘A View From The Posh’, this a little lengthy due to a few games to round up …
I assure you this has both quantity and quality.
Saturday 2nd September, English Football League 1, GAME#5
DONCASTER ROVERS 0-0 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 8,677
Line-up-Bond, Taylor, Baldwin, Tafazolli, Da Silva Lopes (Hughes 71), Edwards, Grant, Doughty, Maddison, Morias (Kanu 61), Marriott
Worthy mention to the travelling ‘Blue Army’, a mighty 1,696 travelling throng. Entertainment was a tad on the lenient side, most notably Maddison came the closest, clipping the crossbar with a powerful effort. Doncaster construed more efforts on target, an away draw by no means a bad result at this stage.
Saturday 9th September, English Football League 1, GAME#6
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1-3 BRADFORD CITY
(For full match report, go to Match Reports Week 6)
Tuesday 12th September 2017, English Football League 1, GAME#7
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 2-0 MK DONS ATT: 6,465
Tafazolli 47, Maddison 52
Line-up-Bond, Shepherd, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Maddison, Forrester, Doughty, Edwards (Da Silva Lopes 77), Miller (Kanu 79), Marriott (Morias 85).
A confident home performance, under the guise of an old-school 4-4-2 formation, no goals in the first half Posh got the job done within a five minute period early in the second half. Maddison’s corner was nodded confidently in by big Ryan Tafazolli, shortly after Maddison constructed his own, a mazy run finished off in some style, across the keeper and into the bottom corner. Just what the doctor ordered after the home defeat on the Saturday.
Saturday 16th September 2017, English Football League 1, GAME#8
WALSALL 1-1 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 4,453
Oztumer 37 Edwards 71
Line-up-Bond, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Da Silva Lopes (Shepherd 45), Doughty, Grant (Forrester 45), Edwards, Maddison, Miller (Morias 66), Marriott
A decent point, that in all fairness should have been three for the Posh. ‘The Turkish Messi’, Erhun Oztumer came back to haunt Boro with a blistering strike after he had struck the woodwork just minutes prior. Posh did equalise through an awkward looking effort of spectacle by Gwion Edwards, latching onto the cross he cannoned an attempted bicycle kick into the turf which in turn looped over Walsall keeper Gillespie. Now the controversy,sub Morias seemingly had given Peterborough the lead, however the linesman had raised his flag, however then changed his mind, and then seemingly with some convincing by referee Sebastian Stockbridge changed it back, the goal being chalked off for offside.
OVERVIEW: The controversy from the officiating has to deserve some coverage from the Walsall game on Saturday. Forget the fact that a perfectly good goal was not given. If a linesman raises his flag, then goes against what he has just done, perhaps realising he was wrong, the fact the flag has gone back down means the goal was fine. The referee going beyond his remit and then trying to maybe hood-wink the linesman by telling him to go back to his original ‘knee-jerk reaction’. The referee could not of seen that as offside, so should have listened to the official who could.
This is all after the abysmal refereeing performance of Keith Stroud against Bradford the previous Saturday, hope this is not becoming a trend again within the division.
However on a lighter note Posh are performing admirably, apart from the first half against Bradford they are exceeding expectations and providing plenty of entertainment, long may this continue.
words Ian McFarlane, D3D4 Peterborough United Correspondent