Peterborough United manager Graham Westley described his side’s 2-0 League One defeat at leaders Walsall today (December 28) as ‘cruel’
Posh were on top for most of the second-half at the Banks’s Stadium, but couldn’t make their dominance count. They were then hit with two late goals, the first of which arrived courtesy of a wicked deflection off recalled central defender Miles Addison.
But Westley remained in an upbeat mood. Posh, who finish the year in sixth place, now face a run of tough January matches.
Westley said: “Walsall were the better side in the first-half. They had the conditions in their favour and they put us under a bit of pressure, whereas we were too rushed in possession. We were trying to get the ball forward too quickly.
“But the players took our messages on board at half-time and we were excellent in the second half. We were relentless in possession and in our attacking play. We started to play with the composure that was necessary to cause Walsall some problems.
“We carved out our moments, but we didn’t take our chances. Miles Addison had a chance from a free-kick and Conor Washington had a chance after controlling Ben Alnwick’s kick superbly. Marcus Maddison also had a terrific shot well saved. We could have been one or two goals up before we conceded.
“But eventually we were punished in the cruellest of fashions with a deflected goal.
“It was a tough ask for the players today. To come to the home of the league leaders having played a game 48 hours earlier is hard so the players deserve great credit for playing so well and for playing with such determination and spirit.
“Walsall are top for a reason. They have been winning games regularly which gives them confidence.
“I freshened things up selection-wise which is the right thing do when games are played so close together. It didn’t quite come off for us this time, but we have come a long way as a team and a club in a short space of time so we can approach the new year with confidence.”
Posh suffered another injury blow just after the hour mark when Michael Bostwick limped off with a muscle injury that could keep him out for a handful of games.
Westley had selected Addison from the start ahead of Ricardo Santos.
“The centre-backs played as well as I expected them to,” Westley added, “They are two very good players with great experience.
“It was a shame to lose Bostwick, but he rarely some off injured. It’s a recurrence of an old injury so he could miss a few games.”