Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick played a huge part as Peterborough United maintained their momentum with a 1-1 League One draw at Port Vale yesterday (October 17).
Alnwick saved a Michael O’Connor penalty - Vale also missed a second spot-kick through Sam Foley - to stretch the recent Posh record to just one defeat in seven matches. Michael Bostwick did score from the penalty spot as Posh fough back to get a point from a thrilling encounter at Vale Park.
Alwnick emerged from the battle of the goal-keeping brothers - younger sibling Jak Alnwick was in the Vale goal - with a man-of-the-match accolade from the Posh camp.
Posh did drop a place to ninth in the League One table. Wigan, who Posh host on Tuesday (October 20), overtook Posh after thrashing Colchester 5-0.
Alnwick, who conceded the first Vale penalty said: “That must have been very exciting for the neutral supporter. Both teams went for the win and both teams will be disappointed they didn’t take three points.
“I don’t think we were at our best, but we will take the point as it keeps our momentum going. We would probably have lost that game two or three nil last season.
“I was disappointed to concede a penalty, but obviously pleased with the save. I didn’t touch the player and he was on his way down before I got to him. That was disappointing, but fortunately I got a strong hand on the penalty and it spun back over the bar. I was praying it didn’t spin into the net and thankfully it didn’t.
“With the second penalty I was trying to get into the player’s head. It’s always a difficult and strange situation when a team gets a second penalty after missing the first and luckily this one hit the bar, hit me in the face and went out for a corner.
“We’ll take the point and move on now. I was happy that Jak played well and made a couple of decent saves. A draw was probably a fair result.”
The rival managers Graham Westley and Rob Page both praised the performances of the Alnwick brothers.
Westley said: “That performance is why you employ good goalkeepers. Ben has obviously done well with both penalties. I didn’t expect he would be fazed by playing against his brother. If one was a centre forward and the other was a striker it might be different, but they were 90 metres apart all game.”
Page added: “Both are very good goalkeepers. We have been pleased with Jak’s form and Ben showed today that theere are two very good goalkeepers in the same family.”
It’s believed that the Alnwicks are the first goalkeeping brothers to play against each other since Alan and Gary Kelly played for Preston and Bury in the same match in the 1990s.
Posh fans are reminded that admission to the home game against Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, October 24 is available at half-price if a ticket for the Wigan match is purchased as well.
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