Neal Ardley was pleased with the team ethic that earned a hard-earned point at Peterborough and he praised his players for bouncing back from four successive defeats.

Leading scorer Lyle Taylor put the visitors ahead with a quarter-of-an-hour to go, racing onto a long pass from Deji Oshilaja to fire his 11th league goal of the season.

But the lead proved to be shortlived as Marcus Maddison levelled only four minutes later when providing a cool finish to a clever Jack Marriott pass.

Speaking post-match to the club website, Neal said “In the last two games we were up against it after a terrible 10 days, which hit us for six and we could not recover. That was a blow, but we have now picked up four points from two games.”

“It gives us a platform to see how we go about our other games because they are going to be tough. The team has been more defensively sound. We have a tough week coming up. This game was always going to be difficult and Blackburn is next, but we will do our best.”

“All I can do is try to keep us organised, physically fit, mentally strong, and send the boys out there knowing their jobs. We cannot guarantee anything after that, other than hopefully the level of performance.”

Neal also discussed whether it was a point gained or two dropped.

“Coming away to Peterborough and getting a point is a really good result, but when you are 1-0 up with 15 minutes to go, you believe. We have been very good this season at holding onto our leads. I think it was the one time we probably got our defending wrong.”

“We did not track the runner into the box and we got punished for it by a good team, but I cannot fault much. The defending was spot-on. They have carved a lot of teams open, but we kept it quite tight, and I thought we had a threat going forward. The boys put in a shift, we were well organised, but we did not quite see it through to get three points.”

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