Peterborough United goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik admitted a brilliant personal performance counted for nothing yesterday (October 6).
Olejnik made a series of fine saves during Posh’s 1-0 Championship defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest at London Road. A stunning double-stop from Forest substitute Jermaine Jenas and striker Simon Cox in the second half was the highlight of his contribution.
But Olejnik was powerless to prevent Andy Reid scoring a spectacular winning goal and admitted to being disappointed not to manage a dive as the Republic of Ireland international’s 25-yard blast flashed past him into the far corner of his net.
Olejnik said: “You can make good saves but still come off disapppointed to have lost the game. That’s the life of a keeper and it’s how I felt yesterday.
“I have to question my part in the goal because I ended up just watching it fly past me.
“You have to give credit where it is due because it was a quality strike, but I can’t help wondering whether I could have done something about it if I had dived.
“I still can’t believe I’m playing in the Championship against players of the calibre of Andy Reid though.
“I have to admit I didn’t know ever so much about the double save because of the sun shining into my eyes, but luckily enough I managed to keep them and a few others out.
“In my opinion we played well enough in the second half to deserve something from the game.”
Posh missed the chance to climb off the bottom of the Championship table when being pipped by Forest, but Olejnik insists a week of improved results and performances has brought the confidence flooding back to the club’s playing squad.
Back-to-back away victories at Hull and Barnsley breathed life into their season after seven successive league defeats. Posh also performed well for much of yesterday’s clash.
Olejnik added: “It has been a good week overall.
“We picked up two good results and there were lots of positives again yesterday despite the final scoreline.
“The lads have given everything in the last three games and we’re all absolutely knackered, but we know we have to continue doing that to ensure we get out of the bottom three.
“The belief and confidence that we maybe lacked earlier in the season is definitely back now.”
Posh return to Championship action when going to Watford on October 20.