Peterborough United finished ninth in League One following their 1-1 final day (May 3) draw at Oldham.
Michael Bostwick’s 76th minute equaliser, 10 minutes after teenager Jonathan Edwards had been sent off on his full Posh debut, grabbed a point from a scrappy encounter.
Bostwick volleyed home after a Joe Newell had been cleared to him about 12 yards from goal. It was a third goal in two games for the dynamic midfielder.
Edwards had received his marching orders for a late challenge on Oldham defender Brian Wilson. It wasn’t a malicious attempt to win the ball, but it was hard to argue with referee Gary Sutton’s decision.
Oldham dominated most of the second period, but struggled to find an accurate final ball. In fact Posh ‘keeper Ben Alnwick didn’t have a save to make in 90 minutes.
There was an inevitable ‘end-of-season’ feel about the game, which was fair enough as it was the end of the season.
Posh started with a 16 year-old in Leo Da Silva Lopes and two 18 year-olds in Edwards and Harry Anderson. It was a full debut for striker Edwards who does not appear, not yet at least, to have the mobility or touch to match his physique.
Edwards did curl one 20 yard-shot over the bar after a neat turn past his marker in the first-half. Lopes also picked out a couple of fine passes and made one impressive burst into the Oldham penalty area, but they were mere fleeting glimpses of the future rather than a promise that an impact will made in League One next season.
Manager Dave Robertson made no surprises with his starting line-up, but positionally he did shock by starting Ricardo Santos and Harry Anderson on the left and Newell on the right.
Posh looked uncomfortable from kick-off and fell behind to a side that hadn’t won any of their previous seven matches in the ninth minute when too much time and space was awarded to both creator Rhys Turner and scorer Dominin Poleon. The latter’s header was very precise, far more precise than Michael Smith’s marking.
Posh did improve as the half wore on, but lots of possession led to just one clear-cut chance when Conor Washington beat Oldham ‘keeper Joel Coleman to a through ball on the corner of the penalty area, but dithered and dallied before chipping rather lamely straight into Coleman’s hands.
Posh were unfortunate to lose both midfielder Erhun Oztumer and Gaby Zakuani to injury in the first-half, but Newell played brightly and shot just wide twice from the edge of the penalty area.
Posh should have levelled seven minutes after the re-start when Bostwick’s long-range piledriver was pushed into the air by Coleman, but Santos somehow nodded the rebound wide.
The Posh players wore black armbands in honour of club legend Chris Turner who passed away last week.
Posh: Ben Alnwick, Ricardo Santos, Gaby Zakuani (sub Shaun Brisley, 39 mins), Michael Smith, Harry Anderson, Michael Bostwick, Erhun Oztumer (sub Jack Payne, 19 mins), Leo Da Silva Lopes (sub Marcus Maddison, 71 mins), Joe Newell, Jonathan Edwards, Conor Washington. Unused substitutes: Dion-Curtis Henry, Christian Burgess, Harry Beautyman, Luke James.
Oldham: Joel Coleman, Connor Brown, Liam Kelly, Mike Jones, Anthony Gerrard, Brian Wilson (sub Tim Dieng, 87 mins), Rhys Turner (sub Jordan Bove 60 mins), Carl Winchester, James Wilson, Danny Philliskirk (subm Jack Tuohy, 69 mins), Dominic Poleon. Unused substitutes: Jake Kean, George Elokobi, Jacob Mellis, Luke Woodland.
Goals: Posh - Bostwick (76 mins).
Oldham - Poleon (9 mins).
Sending off: Posh - Edwards (serious foul play).
Cautions: Bostwick (aggressive attitude).
Oldham - Poleon (aggressive attitude).
Referee: Gary Sutton 5
Attendance: 3,943 (324 Posh).
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