The media coverage for this game was centred around Peterborough’s frontman Jonson Clarke-Harris, dubbed as the new Ivan Toney.
After watching the game yesterday, you would not think Clarke-Harris had scored a hattrick last Friday and be the League’s top scorer on 26; that is four higher than Sunderland’s own Charlie Wyke on 22.
Huge credit must go to the rejuvenated pairing of Dion Sanderson and especially Luke O’Nien who pocketed Clarke-Harris with ease. The one time Clarke-Harris had a sniff, O’Nien made a terrific block with his head to deny the striker.
Last year Clarke-Harris bagged a brace against Sunderland whilst representing Bristol Rovers. He was a constant nuisance to the experienced trio of Willis, Ozturk and Flanagan. However, on Monday he did not impact the game.
Controlling First Half
The first half of the game was largely controlled by the Black Cats and this stemmed from the midfield partnership of Grant Leadbitter and Carl Winchester. Both worked hard to win possession high up the pitch which disrupted Peterborough’s passing game. With Clarke-Harris kept quiet, Peterborough did not have a secondary outlet in the first half to combat this.
McGeady and Jordan Jones took possions in the wide areas which stretched the pitch and allowed space for both Winchester and Leadbitter to advance into space. The only thing that was missing was that elusive goal.
I reckon if Aiden O’Brien has been occupying that spot next to Wyke instead of Ross Stewart the Lads would have found that breakthrough. But that is a debate for another day.
Posh took Advantage of Spell
It took Peterborough around 65 minutes to have a spell in the game. However, they took full advantage of this.
Siriki Dembélé opened the scoring in the 66th which allowed the Posh a foothold in the game and propelled them to almost getting more. The Lads have Lee Burge to thank for keeping the scoreline at 1-0.
During this spell, the Sunderland players looked shaky as heads dropped and players could not string passes together. Peterborough’s threat died off when Aiden McGeady curled in a freekick to even the scores.
This makes it even more frustrating that the Lads did not come away with all three points, failing to capitalise on dominating large portions of the first half and early second before the Posh took control.
Although, with Peterborough’s menacing home record of 14 wins in 19 games, almost anyone would have taken a point beforehand.