Peterborough United manager Graham Westley wasn’t entirely pleased with his side’s dramatic League One draw at Port Vale today (October 17).
The home side failed to convert two second-half penalties (one brilliantly saved by Ben Alnwick saved, one missed) to enable Posh to escape with a 1-1 draw. Michael Bostwick was successful with a second-half penalty to claim a point for Posh who had fallen behind towards the end of the first half.
The draw dropped Posh a place to ninth. They’ve fallen behind Wigan who they meet at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday (October 20).
Westley, who substituted midfielder Jermaine Anderson for striker Souleymane Coulibaly at half-time, said: “That first-half display wasn’t like us, but the reponse and reaction after the break was positive.
“Okay if they score the two penalties and we lose 3-1 it’s a different story.
“I can’t knock the effort we put into get the draw, but, although some people will be happy with a draw away from home, I like winning football matches.
“It was a very open game in the second-half. I made a switch at half-time purely because I wanted to get another attacker on the pitch.
“I’m a believer in getting players who can score a goal on the pitch. It wasn’t a reflection on Jermaine Anderson’s performance as I could have taken any one of three midfielders off.
“We should have had a penalty ourselves for handball, but Ben dealt with their penalties well. That’s why you employ good goalkeepers.
“We had to battle to the end. Their striker (Uche Ipeazu) gave us a good test, but you won’t find many better centre-halves than our two in this division.”
Westley hasn’t ruled Marcus Maddison out of the Wigan game. Maddison was left out of the matchday 18 today because of ankle injury.