Luton’s former Peterborough United goalkeeper Mark Tyler admits he was humbled by the reception he received from the home fans before, during and after the FA Cup tie against Luton at the ABAX Stadium yesterday (December 6).
Tyler returned to the club where he racked up 486 first-team appearances for the first time, in a competitive sense, since he was released six years ago and delivered a terrific man-of-the-match display even though Posh ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.
The 38 year-old was cheered to the rafters when his name was broadcast to the crowd before the game and the Posh fans even sang his name after he’d made one of his many great saves. After the game he was given a warm send off by both sets of fans.
“I made a save from Lee Angol in front of the London Road End and the fans started singing my name!” Tyler said. “I couldn’t quite get my head round that, but the reception I received from everyone from the moment I arrived at the ground until the moment I left was humbling.
“I can’t thank the Posh fans enough. It was a dream come true just to get drawn to play at Posh and the day certainly didn’t disappoint. Obviously the result wasn’t what I wanted, but I was pleased to play well and delighted with the way I was treated.
“I was knackered this morning! I seemed to be busy from the first kick-off as Posh played very well.
“We watched the game back this morning and there were moments when we might have influenced the game more. We missed a free header from a corner, Craig Mackail-Smith hit the post and Olly Lee forced a great save out of Ben Alnwick, but there is no doubt the best team won, even though we were still in the game with 10 minutes to go.
“Posh are very hard to play against. They have two quality strikers and when they drift away from the middle, they have attacking midfielders coming into the area from the diamond. It’s difficult to mark players properly because there is so much movement. I thought Lee Angol played really well and Erhun Oztumer was bright, quick and very creative.
“We expected we would have to concede lots of possession, but we didn’t do ourselves justice overall. We picked a formation and players we felt would best match up the Posh midfield diamond, but the difference in fitness caught up with us in the end.
“Obviously I want Posh to get promoted, but teams will fancy their chances of scoring against them. Posh seem happy to play two v two at the back even when they’re winning and good luck to them because they are great to watch.
“I’d say they are certainties to reach the play-offs and who knows they might do even better. I hope so.”