Peterborough United manager Graham Westley praised the resilience and the defiance of his young side after they held on for a 3-2 League One home win over Barnsley at the ABAX Stadium tonight (November 24).
That’s three League One wins in a row for Posh who are now seventh in the table, just one point off a play-off place.
Goals from Lee Angol, debutant Miles Addison and substitute Marcus Maddison sealed the win for a side playing well below their best. Addison, who signed a one-month deal ahead of the game, was making his first senior appearance since May.
Barnsley played the last 10 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of defender Kevin Long for a horrible tackle on Posh substitute Harry Beautyman.
Westley said: “This is a night when I’d rather talk about the result and that tells you what I thought about the performance!
“But I still think it’s fantastic that the character of a very young side shone through. That’s two home games in a row at home that we haven’t been at our best, but we have still ground out a result.
“That resilience and defiance will stand us in good stead this season. We are not striding away in games late on, but we show grit and determination. It’s a pre-requisite for success that every player takes off his shirt in the dressing room to find it covered in sweat.
“My lads are doing just that. It’s the least our fans deserve, but there are obviously areas that need improvement.
“The best way to see a game out is to attack and score another goal. The best way to score a goal is to look after the ball and we didn’t do that well enough tonight especially when you consider the talent in the squad.
“But what we have proved again is that we have goals in the team. We didn’t enjoy a great deal of possession, but we scored three goals, one from a set-piece which is always good and two from open play. We remain a very dangerous side going forward and we will take confidence from winning even if we haven’t played to our best.
“Miles Addison deserves great credit as well. He hasn’t played a game of football for a long time apart from a reserve game for us the other week. He was nowhere near full match fitness so he’s done an unbelievable job to help us through a sticky situation.
“He conceded a penalty, but I think we can forgive him a mistake. He showed great character to get down the other end and score a goal.”
Posh have central defenders Ricardo and Jack Baldwin available following suspension for the League One trip to Scunthorpe on Saturday (November 21), but fellow defender Gaby Zakuani will be out until the new year after undergoing an operation on a tendon injury.
In-form midfielder Jermaine Anderson will miss the trip to Glanford Park though. He collected his fifth caution of the campaign last night and will serve a one-game ban.
Posh have signed West Ham youngster Martin Samuelsen on loan from West Ham on loan until January. He could replace Anderson at Scunthorpe.