POSH REACTION: Peterborough United boss happy with a job well done

Erhun Oztumer skips past the challenge of Luton defender Luke Wilkinson. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Erhun Oztumer skips past the challenge of Luton defender Luke Wilkinson. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Graham Westley was thrilled to see his side book a place in the third round of the FA Cup today (December 6).

Posh beat League Two side Luton 2-0 at the ABAX Stadium thanks to a first-half goal from top scorer Conor Washington and an 81st-minute strike from substitute Marcus Maddison.

Posh substitute Harry Beautyman battles for possession with Luton's ex-Posh man Josh McQuoid. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh substitute Harry Beautyman battles for possession with Luton's ex-Posh man Josh McQuoid. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh missed a hatful of chances, particularly in a one-sided second-half, while Luton’s ex-Posh ‘keeper Mark Tyler made numerous great saves.

“It’s job done,” Westley announced straight after the game. “Our aim was to get into the third round draw and we have done it.

“It should have been more comfortable than it was, but we dominated most of the game and there will be times when we don’t score from a great percentage of the chances we create.

“We could have done some real damage today. We created some real chances. Erhun Oztumer’s vision was spectacular on occasions,

“It must be great to play at the top of this team We have so many creative players it’s a guarantee that we will create chances. We have clever, quality midfielders and we have two full-backs causing serious problems as they continually gallop up the wings.

“We actually scored two high-quality goals.

“Conor Washington’s goal was like Thierry Henry at his best and Marcus Maddison’s goal was a reward for his professionalism at a time when he’s not started many games.

“But I was also pleased with the way we kept our patience when the goals weren’t coming.

“We worked the ball really well in the second-half. It was a very good performance again. We made a couple of poor decisions in midfield which led to Luton’s best two chances, but we will sort that sort of thing out quickly.

“Luton were dogged and made it as difficult as they could, but we had too much for them in the end. The resuilt was not a foregone conclusion. We saw what happened to Millwall yesterday (December 5).

“But we are very difficult to play against. We kept another clean sheet which is also pleasing.

“As always I will not be fussed who we get next. I will happily take the weakest team left in the competition at home.”

Posh midfielder Jermaine Anderson limped off in the first few minutes, but his injury is not thought to be too serious.

Jon Taylor was taken off at half-time after aggravating an injury picked up in training.

The draw for the third round is live on BBC Two tomorrow (from 7pm).