Amid the disappointment of Sunday’s (December 7) second round FA Cup defeat at Colchester, one Peterborough United player was at least able to claim some personal satisfaction.
Midfielder Erhun Oztumer finally made his full debut for the club, five months after making the step up several rungs of the Football League ladder following a move from Ryman League side Dulwich Hamlet.
Posh boss Darren Ferguson singled out Oztumer, who played behind two strikers at the tip of a midfield diamond, as a highlight of an otherwise bleak day as Posh went down 1-0 to George Moncur goal in the 91st minute. Posh striker Aaron Mclean had missed a penalty just two minutes earlier.
“If we score the penalty we probably win the game,” Oztumer claimed. “So everyone was distraught afterwards. We didn’t deserve to lose as we were the better team in the second-half, but that’s the way things are going for us right now.
“Everyone gave 100 per cent, but nothing went our way. If anything losing after playing well is harder to take then a bad result after a bad performance.
“It was obviously great to start my first game though. I didn’t expect to play the entire 90 minutes so I think it went well from a personal point of view.
“The midfield diamond suits my game as that’s where I feel I will contribute goals and assists. It’s been a tough season for me as I picked up a bad injury and missed most of pre-season, but this performance will give me confidence going into this weekend’s game.
“I still have to get used to playing with my team-mates, but I am sure that will come. I’ve moved up four or five leagues in one go, but I’ve hopefully shown that I can perform well in League One.”
Posh travel to Leyton Orient, the scene of their League One play-off semi-final defeat last season, on Saturday (December 13). Oztumer’s presence may depend on the fitness of star man Marcus Maddison who missed the FA Cup tie at Colchester with a combination of ankle injury and illness.
On-loan striker Craig Mackail-Smith and midfielder Harry Beautyman are also available after missing the Colchester game. Orient sacked manager Mauro Milanese yesterday (December 8) after he won just one of his eight games in charge. Milanese is now the club’s Sporting Director. The new Orient manager is former Italian international Fabio Liverane.
Colchester were drawn away to Championship side Cardiff in the third round of the FA Cup yesterday.
Posh now have a free day on third round day (January 3) as scheduled League One opponents Bristol City are still in the FA Cup.