Peterborough United 1 – 5 Cardea | Plenty of positives despite the result

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Posh Deaf Team Head Coach Steve Long

Peterborough United’s deaf team have some positives to take away from the match against Cardea. Despite the result, the Posh team showed what they’re capable of with some excellent passages of play in the second half.

Chris Taylor scored Peterborough’s goal when Matthew Wheeler cleverly stepped over a low corner, fooling Cardea’s defence, and Taylor despatched the ball powerfully into the net from outside the area.

A few supporters braved the cold to watch
A few supporters braved the cold to watch

Arguably, Cardea could have been reduced to 10-men in the early stages of the first half and Peterborough awarded a penalty. The referee declined to show red as the game was a friendly but in a normal match, Peterborough could have had a penalty and Cardea reduced to ten-men when the score was 0-0. Cameron Cockerill, the fastest man on the pitch, was clean through on goal and odds-on to score when he was bought down. As it was, a free kick was awarded outside the area that was fired into the wall.

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Half-time and the team struggle to keep warm

The Peterborough team found the conditions hard in this, only their second ever match. The astroturf pitch was unusually fast and many balls sped out of play as the surface gained more zip when the temperature plummeted.

Head Coach Steve Long said: “The team have showed me the areas that they need to work on. One of those areas is being disciplined, concentrating and following the team plans and instructions. There are a few players with fitness concerns too which we will need to address.

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Midfielder Will Rolls talks to Coach Steve Long

“The positives were that in the second half, once the team had adjusted to the opposition and conditions, they grew in confidence and showed the neat passing game that we work hard on in training.”

“Cardea played well and were the better team. They dominated for large parts of the game and scored great goals. We would like to thank them for taking part in this fixture and look forward to playing them again as we continue to build towards the next season”

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Peterborough United’s Team

Norman, Pintos, Taylor, Sear, Connoley, Bedford, Wheeler, Cosson, Hussain, Cockerill, Majid | Subs (all used) Rolls, Weston, Donald

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