Peterborough 1 Leeds 2: Becchio brace gets Warnock's men back on track
16:51 GMT, 25 August 2012
16:54 GMT, 25 August 2012
In-form Luciano Becchio took his tally for the season to four as Leeds bounced back from their midweek collapse at Blackpool to record their second win of the season at Peterborough.
Neil Warnock's men surrendered a 1-0 lead in the space of four second-half minutes on Tuesday night, with the veteran boss particularly scathing of Becchio and his fellow forwards for their role in the loss.
Becchio is no stranger to criticism from his manager either, having had his fitness called into question in pre-season, but he continued to deliver answers today with a goal in each half.
At the double: Luciano Becchio celebrates with team mates after scoring the second of his two goals
Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Little 62), Brisley, Zakuani, Ntlhe, Bostwick, Frecklington (Swanson 62), McCann, Boyd, Tomlin, Sinclair (Taylor 64).
Subs Not Used: Day, Newell, Knight-Percival, Clarke-Harris.
Booked: Sinclair, Zakuani, Little, Swanson.
Goals: Bostwick 73.
Leeds: Kenny, Peltier, Pearce, Lees, Drury, Diouf (Byram 75), Norris, Austin, McCormack (Poleon 78), Becchio (Gray 87), Varney.
Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Kisnorbo, White, Brown.
Goals: Becchio 7,50.
Referee: Scott Mathieson
Neither was the most taxing of finishes, with an abject and so-far-pointless Peterborough docile in defence, allowing first Luke Varney and then Ross McCormack to pick out the Argentinean.
And, although Michael Bostwick pulled one back for Peterborough with 17 minutes remaining, Darren Ferguson's side were unable to prevent themselves losing their opening three games of the season for the first time since 1972.
In truth, the writing had been on the wall for Peterborough from the opening minutes as, with the words of their manager no doubt ringing in their ears, the away side's front three combined to give them a seventh-minute lead.
McCormack had already had a fizzing free-kick clawed out by Robert Olejnik when the goal came, and the Scotland international was at the heart of it.
His pass set Varney free and after looking up he squared for the waiting Becchio who did the rest from 10 yards, although Olejnik could have done more with the shot.
With Rodolph Austin patrolling the midfield with far more discipline that he showed at Blackpool, Leeds looked comfortable at the back, although they took a break from that when Shane Brisley got free and flicked an effort in that Paddy Kenny did well to turn away.
Eyes on the ball: Leeds' Dominic Poleon battles with Grant McCann for the ball
But Leeds looked crisper in attack
than their hosts and McCormack went close with a 35th-minute header
after Lee Peltier's run and cross, although that was it as far as
chances when in the first half.
No doubt pepped up by Ferguson in the
dressing rooms, Peterborough were livelier after the restart, with Lee
Tomlin looking to take advantage of the wet surface by drilling in from
25 yards, only to find Kenny equal to it.
But their new-found enthusiasm lasted
just five minutes as Becchio grabbed a second, heading in one of the
easiest goals he will ever score after McCormack picked him out, in
space, with a pinpoint cross.
Back to winning ways: Leeds manager Neil Warnock saw his side bounce back from their midweek defeat to Blackpool with a win
Tomlin refused to give up the fight
for Peterborough, drawing a save out of Kenny with a header, and his
spirit drew more out of his team-mates as Bostwick seized on a poor
clearance from David Norris and lashed a strike beyond Kenny from the
edge of the box.
Leeds were naturally nervous
afterwards, with Warnock withdrawing flair players McCormack and El
Hadji Diouf, although one of the defensive reinforcements sent on, Sam
Byram, should have done better when a chance fell to him inside the box.
But Peterborough's fire had gone out by that point at Leeds held on to secure a 500th away win in league football.