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Leeds United hitmen give Posh what four!
5:40pm Sunday 26th August 2012 in Leeds
Peterborough 1 Leeds United 2
Neil Warnock admitted Leeds’ attacking players were back in his good books after a first away win of the season.
Argentinian striker Luciano Becchio swooped for both goals at London Road as Leeds ensured struggling Peterborough equalled their worst start to a Football League season.
Becchio broke the deadlock after seven minutes with a smart finish past home keeper Bobby Olejnik and doubled the advantage five minutes into the second period when allowed a free header to convert a classy Ross McCormack chip to take his goal return to four in as many matches this term.
Warnock had been hugely critical of his front four for their displays in the defeat at Blackpool in midweek but it was a different story on this occasion.
He said: “We thoroughly deserved the victory.
“The front four players were poor in the defeat at Blackpool and I let them know as much but they were much better today.
“We looked dangerous, Luciano got his goals and we did a very professional job “You always get greedy when a couple of goals up but I thought we could have seen it out before Peterborough got their goal back.
“The lads are adamant we should have had a couple of penalties and we had so many promising breakaways that fell down.
“You can always be guaranteed that Peterborough will fight for their lives but we managed to get the win. Our back four and goalkeeper were also fantastic.”
Peterborough did halve their arrears when summer signing Michael Bostwick volleyed in a spectacular first goal for the club in the 73rd minute but they could not summon a late fightback.
It is 40 years since the only previous occasion in which Posh lost their opening three league matches in a season. That was in the 1972-73 campaign.
Manager Darren Ferguson said his team must cut out the silly errors.
“We’re giving away poor goals at poor times and giving ourselves a mountain to climb in matches,” said Ferguson.
“If we do the simple things right we are a good team. When we complicate things and make mistakes we have problems.”