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Des Buckingham happy with Oxford’s small lead against Peterborough

Oxford boss Des Buckingham believes their narrow 1-0 lead is a “good advantage” to take to London Road for the second leg of their League One play-off against Peterborough.

U’s captain Elliott Moore headed the only goal of the first leg eight minutes into the second half, nodding in from three yards after Cameron Brannagan headed Josh Murphy’s corner back from beyond the far post.

Buckingham, who injured his left leg jumping to celebrate the goal, said: “It’s only a small advantage but I’m happy with what I saw tonight.

“We did a few things in the second half that we need to clean up as we head into the second leg.

“Overall it is a good advantage to take advantage of them because they are a very good team.

“Wednesday will be very tough for us, but if we take into account the energy level and understanding of what we are trying to do in that match, as I saw tonight, I will be very happy.

“We had to start the first half strong because the sun was very low in the eyes of our backline and goalkeeper, so the more we could keep it in their half the better until the sun went down.

“We want to play exciting football and join teams. We don’t want to enter these competitions and try not to lose.

“I’m really pleased Elliott Moore got man of the match because remember, he couldn’t play three games ago.

“The atmosphere here tonight will stay with me for the rest of my life.

“And for the second leg on Wednesday we won’t sit back – we will try to win the match and see how it develops.”

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson says he thinks his fans can help create a special night for the second leg.

Ferguson said: “It was tight. I don’t think it would ever be decided tonight, we’ll take it to Wednesday.

“Obviously we are a goal behind, I think it will be an exciting game, we will have a great atmosphere at home and hopefully we can get the job done.

“These semi-finals are always quite hectic, you almost want to make it a bit boring, especially outdoors.

“They started quite strong, but we didn’t help ourselves. Out of possession I thought we looked pretty solid, in possession we weren’t good enough until the goal.

“Conceding set pieces has probably been our Achilles heel and when the season ends, one way or the other, and hopefully with promotion, I will look back and say there were certain things where we were nowhere near good enough.

“The smallest player on the pitch won the header and one of our players let it get away from him.

“It has to be perfect in these games and losing a game because of that goal is just not good enough.

“But once we got a pattern we were OK and controlled the last part of the game. We were just unlucky that we didn’t get an equalizer.”

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