Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United played until the very end at Ashton Gate this past Saturday and secured a last-gasp equaliser to frustrate Bristol City.
George Boyd, making his 124th consecutive appearance for the Posh, equalling a club record headed in a Danny Rose cross as the clock neared 90 minutes.
The point was well-deserved on the part of the Championship newcomers, as they certainly had the better of the play in the second half. It could have been so different had Nicky Maynard not blasted an early chance over the bar , or if Dean Gerken, who is quickly becoming a Bristol City hero for his exploits between the posts, had not made two world-class saves from Peterborough counter-attacks either side of half-time.
However, even Gerken could not save all 3 points for the Robins, with Boyd’s equaliser leaving the City fans to rue another late breach of their side’s goal, an all too familiar trait from last season.
The goal neutralised Cole Skuse’s 31st minute goal, a rather impressive effort which saw the defensive midfielder beat two men to slide it past Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis.
The result has left City in ninth place in the Coca Cola Championship Table, but the aftermath of the game did not end there.
City made more headlines as defender Bradley Orr called in to a post-match phone in on Radio Bristol to answer criticism from some home fans.
He told listeners: There’s a fan shouting at me at the end of the game saying you should be ashamed of yourself.”
“The majority of the fans are brilliant but there’s a couple who are just so negative and I think it’s just a little bit over the top,” added Orr.
And Orr is probably correct in his assessment, with most fans having adopted Orr as a firm favourite since he signed from Newcastle 2004.
Nonetheless, Orr was modest enough to admit improvements could, and should, be made.
“I am the first to hold my hands up – at times my quality needs to be better and I’m working on it day in, day out.”
In response to the episode, Gary Johnson defended his player, and gave an entertaining soundbite of his own, remarking: “When a goal goes in that late, a supporter might be desperate to moan at something or someone. If the cat’s out and the wife is at bingo, he picks up the phone to have a moan.”
Next up for City is Plymouth on Tuesday, a game which Johnson is aiming to win to propel his side into the top 6.
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