Peterborough United started their League campaign with a confidence boosting victory over visitors Bristol Rovers.
Two first-half headers from Matty Godden and Mark O’Hara sealed the victory in what was a “chalk and cheese” display compared to their disappointing pre-season defeat the week before against Bolton Wanderers.
Posh started the match very strongly as they looked confident buzzing around the pitch and they probably couldn’t have dreamt of the start they got when Godden nodded in the first goal after less than sixty seconds. Mark O’Hara headed in the second goal midway through the first-half with both crosses being provided by the fullbacks. Jason Naismith was the provider of the first cross with left-back Colin Daniel the second.
In truth, the opposition couldn’t have worked out any better for a Posh side that will take time to gel before they start firing on all cylinders. Like Posh, Rovers lost their leading marksman in the summer and are still looking for a replacement so they had to rely on former Posh striker Tom Nichols.
Posh easily coped with Rovers as not only did the midfield out-perform their visitors in the first-half the defence easily snuffed out any threat that did get through the midfield.
The second-half was a different story though as Rovers boss Darrell Clarke must’ve given his players a rocket at half-time. Posh struggled to get a grip in that second 45 minutes with Rovers dominating large parts but that said, they were reduced to shooting from distance the majority of the time.
As Posh fans, we weren’t used to the type of management of the players on the pitch as Posh held firm whereas in previous years, we would’ve gone all out to score more which could’ve seen us draw this type of match.