Prior to yesterday’s game against Fleetwood Town, Peterborough United manager Steve Evans insisted he and his squad were determined to bring an end to their poor home form – and they did just that.
Rhys Bennett’s powerful header from a brilliant Louis Reed corner was enough to ensure Posh won their first home game in eight attempts. Fleetwood Town’s Wes Burns threatened to equalise, but ‘keeper Aaron Chapman made an exceptional save to keep the score at 1-0.
Steve Evans’ side should’ve won 2-0, as Ivan Toney’s volley was wrongly ruled out for offside after he steered in from Marcus Maddison’s cross.
Despite the disallowed goal, Evans was understandably pleased with their Tuesday night home win.
“That win was for the supporters,” Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph.
“It’s a thank you for sticking with us during a torrid run of home results.
“We lost in front of them on Saturday and yet the turnout for a Tuesday night game wasn’t bad at all. And their support was fantastic in the final 20 minutes. We deserved to win, but there’s no doubt the fans helped us get over the line.
“For a team that is still second in the table and averaging two points a game we have been smashed by criticism, but the level of support during games has been exceptional.
“And I think our fans saw a team tonight that is determined to win games and be successful. They rolled their sleeves up. They were full of effort and endeavour and picked up a good result against a very good Fleetwood side.
“We were brave in our selection. We went back to the formation that we used when we lost heavily at home against Barnsley, but the service to the forwards was much better tonight. There were many more players willing to make runs in support of Ivan Toney up top.
“We had to find a way of winning at home. We have tried to play the same way which has been successful away from home, but it hasn’t worked.
“We kept possession much better tonight and played plenty of good stuff. We have to dominate the ball more at home and this was a good start.
“I was disappointed not to be in front at half time, but we were let down by our final ball. It was all a bit nervy until we took the lead, but we then could have scored more. We had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside and other good positions came and went.
“Louis Reed was our best player for me, while Jamie Walker was sensational for 30 minutes of the second half.
“Neither has had much football this season. We’ve tried to keep them fit, but nothing replicates competitive action. “And we were resolute at the back. When it’s only 1-0 the opposition is always be in with a chance, especially when they have good players. “Aaron Chapman has had to make one save, but it was a very good one.”
The Posh head to Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon with a weight off their shoulders. They will be hoping to remain unbeaten on the road as they look to hunt down Portsmouth at the top of the table, while staying clear of the chasing pack.