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Bristol City 4 Peterborough 2 match report

Bristol City 4 Peterborough 2: Baldock masterclass sees off Posh


18:21 GMT, 29 December 2012



18:22 GMT, 29 December 2012

Bristol City striker Sam Baldock scored twice and set up another as his side recorded their first win at Ashton Gate since August against 10-man Peterborough.

The former West Ham man teed up Paul Anderson for the opener before grabbing two goals either side of Stephen McManus' header to end a nine-game winless run on home soil.

Posh, who had Lee Tomlin sent off early on, did draw level through Grant McCann and Dwight Gayle grabbed a late consolation but they were comfortably beaten by a City side who are now just three points from safety at the foot of the npower Championship.

Star: Baldock scored two and set up another for Bristol City

Star: Baldock scored two and set up another for Bristol City

Match facts

Bristol City: Heaton, Bates, McManus, Cunningham, Adomah, Danns, Skuse, Anderson (Kilkenny 77), Foster (Bryan 52), Baldock, Stead (Davies 81).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Fontaine, Taylor, Elliott.

Booked: Heaton, Baldock, Skuse.

Goals: Anderson 5, Baldock 37, McManus 59, Baldock 64 pen.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Bostwick, Zakuani, Knight-Percival (Brisley 50), Little, Boyd, McCann (Ferdinand 56), Newell (Swanson 62), Rowe, Tomlin, Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Kearns, Gordon-Hutton.

Sent Off: Tomlin (12).

Booked: Zakuani.

Goals: McCann 19 pen, Gayle 89.

Att: 12,991

Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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City boss Derek McInnes made one change from the side that was set to face Watford on Boxing Day before the conditions saw the match postponed, with Anderson in for Liam Fontaine and he took just five minutes to make an impact, nodding home Baldock's ball from close range.

And the former MK Dons striker should really have added his name to the scoresheet shortly after but he put his effort wide when through on goal.

The visitors had lost all 14 matches when they had conceded first this season and their chances of ending that run took a real blow in the 12th minute when in-form striker Tomlin was sent off.

The Posh forward was given a straight red card when he seemed to elbow City left-back Greg Cunningham.

But just seven minutes later Darren Ferguson's men were level when Tom Heaton fouled George Boyd after a poor header back to his keeper from Cunningham.

McCann stepped up and squeezed his spot-kick beyond the former Cardiff keeper to draw the 10 men level.

Anderson, making just his second
start of the season, could have been celebrating again in the 33rd
minute but he failed to convert Albert Adomah's low cross.

Penalty: McCann equalised from the spot for 10-man Posh

Penalty: McCann equalised from the spot for 10-man Posh

And it was no surprise that it was
Anderson and Baldock who combined to put their side back in the lead
eight minutes before the break. Baldock swapped passes with the former
Liverpool winger before beating Bobby Olejnik for his first goal in open
play for 16 games.

A minute before the break that man Baldock was at the heart of the action once more and the 23-year-old came inches away from grabbing his second of the match but his shot from six yards out crashed off the post.

The Robins, leading at the interval for the first time since October 20, looked to have put the game to bed just before the hour mark when McManus met Adomah's corner at the back post with a downward header.

Consolation: Dwight Gayle's goal was too little, too late for the visitors

Consolation: Dwight Gayle's goal was too little, too late for the visitors

Five minutes later the home side did made the points safe when Baldock sent Olejnik the wrong way to notch his ninth of the season from the penalty spot after Anderson was fouled by Michael Bostwick.

Peterborough continued to struggle against their rivals in the battle for survival and they could have been 5-1 down had Jon Stead's 35-yard thumping effort not hit the bar.

Just two minutes after replacing Stead it was Steven Davies' turn to rattle the woodwork from another Adomah cross.

Gayle then grabbed a late consolation with his 13th of the season, sliding in from close range, but it was too little too late.

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3 – Match report

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3: Three and easy for Posh as they move towards safety


17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012



17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

Peterborough made it three momentous wins on the bounce as Wolves joined Cardiff and Bolton on the growing list of recent sides slayed by resurgent Posh.

Goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle did the damage as Darren Ferguson's side received the perfect Christmas present by lifting themselves off the foot of the npower Championship.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken named Bjorn Sigurdarson on the bench following a thigh injury, but defender Georg Margreitter (hamstring) was again sidelined following another setback on the road to recovery.

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward (Sigurdarson 46), Pennant (Davis 76), Henry, Doumbia, Sako,Ebanks-Blake (O'Hara 76), Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Pennant.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Bostwick, Little, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Boyd, Thorne (McCann 86), Rowe, Tomlin (Swanson 81),Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 17, Rowe 43, Gayle 69.

Attendance: 23,033

Referee: Mark Heywood

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And it was the hosts who showed the early intent when an outswinging corner from Jermaine Pennant after five minutes was met by Roger Johnson and his header was smartly tipped over by Posh keeper Robert Olejnik.

At the other end, Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal had to be alert to turn away a 12-yard effort from Gayle as Ferguson's side showed their own attacking inclinations.

It had turned into a full-blooded festive encounter with no quarter given by either side in the hunt for crucial Championship points.

And having weathered the early Wolves storm, the visitors took the lead after 17 minutes through Tomlin.

Joe Newell provided the opportunity and when his cross from the left was not dealt with, in nipped Tomlin to strike home his eighth of the campaign from 12 yards.

It could have got worse for the hosts three minutes later but George Boyd cleared the bar when well placed inside the penalty box.

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Kevin Doyle was then ideally placed to net an equaliser but Olejnik denied the striker from only six yards.

Pennant fired over with a free-kick as Wolves looked to get back on terms before the break, but Ferguson would have been impressed with his side's application in the opening half.

Solid in defence, Posh also looked potent on the break and seven minutes from the interval, Newell had the chance of adding a second before a well-timed block by Johnson got in the way of his 18-yard effort.

Doyle twice went close to levelling, while Stephen Ward saw his effort parried by Olejnik as the half-time whistle approached and the visitors rode their luck.

But a sucker punch at the other end of the field doubled Peterborough's lead after 43 minutes. This time Boyd was the provider, Rowe finishing with aplomb from 20 yards.

Ward was replaced by Sigurdarson as the second half began, with Wolves well aware the next goal was crucial.

Pennant went close again for the home side, but it was Peterborough's day and after 69 minutes Mark Little's cross was met by Gayle to make it 3-0 and secure another valuable victory for Posh.

Peterborough 5 Bolton 4 – match report

Peterborough 5 Bolton 4: Posh hold on despite late Trotters surge


17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012



17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012

Peterborough's flying start proved decisive as they edged Bolton in a nine-goal thriller at London Road.

Buoyed by their surprise victory over leaders Cardiff last week, Posh raced into a two goal lead inside six minutes thanks to Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle.

Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews reduced the arrears from the penalty spot but George Thorne's drive made it 3-1 shortly after half-time.

Topsy-turvy: Peterborough emerged on top after an epic tussle

Topsy-turvy: Peterborough emerged on top after an epic tussle

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Bostwick, Zakuani, Knight-Percival, Little (Alcock 89), Thorne, Rowe, Boyd, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Gayle, Tomlin.

Subs Not Used: Day, Brisley, Swanson, McCann, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 2, Gayle 6, Thorne 47, Little 69, Zakuani 83.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ricketts, Knight, Warnock, Spearing, Andrews (Petrov 81), Lee (Sordell 50), Butterfield (Afobe 50), Eagles, Kevin Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lainton, Alonso, Ream, Pratley.

Booked: Butterfield, Kevin Davies, Ricketts, Andrews.

Goals: Andrews 45 pen, 56 pen, Afobe 85, Petrov 87.

Att: 6,600

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Another Andrews spot kick prompted
Bolton's most promising period of the match but United defenders Mark
Little and Gabriel Zakuani got in on the act to apparently make the
points safe.

But there was a final twist as
Wanderers substitutes Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov netted inside the
final six minutes to set up a grandstand finish.

Victory for Barnsley at Millwall and
Bristol City's draw at Ipswich means Darren Ferguson's side remain
bottom of the table, while Dougie Freedman's Bolton head into Christmas
eight points shy of the play-off places in 16th.

A cross-field ball from George Boyd
in the second minute skidded through Bolton centre-back Zat Knight on
the greasy surface, allowing Tomlin to race clear before cutting back
onto his right foot and planting a low shot past Adam Bogdan.

Wanderers goalkeeper Bogdan made a
magnificent reflex save to stop Tomlin doubling his tally moments later
but the Hungary international could do nothing when Sam Ricketts failed
to clear Tommy Rowe's cross and Gayle thrashed home on the half-volley –
his fifth goal in four games.

Confidence was understandably
coursing through Peterborough and Boyd fizzed an ambitious 35-yard
effort narrowly over after Thorne dispossessed Andrews.

In the 15th minute Tomlin went close
again, skipping past two challenges before curling against the post from
the edge of the box.

Boyd passed up the opportunity to add
a third, shooting wide at the end of a mazy run, before Bolton were
handed a lifeline in first half stoppage time.

Zakuani was penalised for holding
down Ricketts when Butterfield delivered a corner from the right and,
despite Chris Eagles volleying the loose ball into the net, referee
Nigel Miller pointed to the spot.

Andrews held his nerve, blasting low
to the left of Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik – a virtual spectator for
the opening 45 minutes.

But haphazard defending undid Bolton
at the start of the second half, as it had in the first, and after they
failed to clear in the 47th minute Thorne swept home from the edge of
the area.

Freedman threw on Marvin Sordell and
Afobe shortly afterward to bolster his side's attack and the latter
helped them reduce the advantage again with 56 minutes played.

A bustling run from Arsenal loanee was ended illegally in the area by Joe Newell and once more Andrews did the honours.

Afobe continued to cause problems for
the Peterborough defence but at the other end there remained plenty to
encourage the hosts and their two goal lead was restored for a third

Tomlin dragged wide after being teed
up by strike partner Gayle and, with 21 minutes to go, Little
emphatically drove into the top corner at the back post from Newell's
left wing cross.

Zakuani's far post header to convert Tomlin's right wing corner appeared to have sealed it but Afobe and Petrov had other ideas.

The former converted his team-mates'
84th minute corner from close range and when Petrov emphatically crashed
into the top corner on the angle three minutes later Bolton had got to
within touching distance of a point they scarcely deserved.

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2 – match report:

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2: Bostwick and Gayle seal hard-fought win at Bluebirds' fortress


17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012



17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

Table-topping Cardiff had their perfect record in home npower Championship matches ruined by struggling Peterborough today.

The Bluebirds had won all 10 league matches at the Cardiff City Stadium this season but were stunned by a Posh side who had failed to win in eight.

Michael Bostwick put the struggling visitors ahead after 22 minutes with a superb long-range effort and on-loan Dagenham striker Dwight Gayle netted the second two minutes after the interval.

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal


Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Gunnarsson 51), Turner, Connolly, Taylor, Whittingham, Cowie (Mutch 53), Conway (Gestede 64), Noone, Helguson, Bellamy.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kim, Mason, Lappin.

Booked: Connolly, Helguson, Cowie, Turner.

Goal: Gestede 89.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Zakuani, Bostwick, Knight-Percival (Alcock 68), Tomlin, Rowe (Brisley 83), Newell (Ferdinand 82), Little, Thorne, Boyd, Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Swanson, McCann, Gordon-Hutton.

Booked: Bostwick, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Tomlin.

Goals: Bostwick 22,Gayle 47.

Attendance: 22,073

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

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Rudy Gestede's late goal ensured a nervy finish for Darren Ferguson's team, but they held on for three crucial points.

The result saw Cardiff's lead at the
summit reduced to two points, while Peterborough climbed off the bottom
ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's visit to Barnsley.

The hosts thought they had taken the
lead after just four minutes when Heidar Helguson headed home from Craig
Bellamy's free-kick, but it was ruled out for offside.

Peterborough began to grow into the
game after a nervy start and Tommy Rowe's industry down the left wing
created a chance for George Boyd, but his left-footed strike was well
held by David Marshall.

They went even closer to breaking the
deadlock moments later as Ben Turner was forced to acrobatically clear
Boyd's deflected effort off the line.

Cardiff failed to heed the warnings and fell behind midway through the half.

Posh capitalised on the dubious award of a free-kick, Boyd rolling it to Bostwick, who rifled in from 20 yards.

Bellamy attempted to muster an
immediate response but after expertly controlling a loose ball on the
edge of the box, he pulled his effort just wide.

The Welshman threatened again soon
after, latching onto Craig Conway's superb pass before cutting the ball
back for Craig Noone, who could only find the gloves of Robert Olejnik
with his shot.

But having failed to make the most of
their dominance in the latter stages of the first half, the hosts fell
behind early in the second.

Lee Tomlin fed Gayle and he raced
through, slotting coolly past Marshall to make it four goals in three
matches and the first time this season Cardiff have conceded more than
one goal in their own backyard.

Gayle was afforded space to try and double his tally after 63 minutes but his low powerful shot was tipped wide by Marshall.

A clearly out-of-sorts Cardiff outfit
struggled to mount any meaningful response, though Helguson perhaps
should have done better with Bellamy's cross, fluffing wide when well

The Icelandic striker then outmuscled
Gabriel Zakuani to carve out a shooting opportunity, only to hook just
wide from inside the box.

Gayle should have put the game beyond
doubt but somehow contrived to fire straight at Marshall from four
yards, and Cardiff ensured a tense finish for the visitors when Gestede
turned in Turner's flick on.

But, despite six minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no sting in the tail.

Charlton 2 Peterborough 0 – match report:

Charlton 2 Peterborough 0: Majestic Fuller helps hosts ensure unbeaten run continues



22:26 GMT, 27 November 2012

Ricardo Fuller's moment of magic helped Charlton extend their unbeaten run to five matches at the expense of bottom-place Peterborough this evening.

The Addicks came into the match buoyed by a return of 10 points from their past four matches, which had propelled them up to 15th in the npower Championship.

Chris Powell's men impressed in the first half at The Valley but failed to take their chances, with Bradley Pritchard then hitting the post moments after the restart.

Magical moment: Ricardo Fuller ensured Charlotn's unbeaten run stretched to five games

Magical moment: Ricardo Fuller ensured Charlotn's unbeaten run stretched to five games


Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Seaborne, Pritchard, Frimpong (Green 74), Jackson, Kerkar, Fuller (Hulse 78), Kermorgant (Jonsson 90).

Subs Not Used: Button,Stephens,Wright-Phillips, Dervite.

Booked: Morrison, Frimpong.

Goals: Fuller 77,Kermorgant 85.

Peterborough: Olejnik,Little,Knight-Percival, Brisley (Swanson 84), Bostwick, Newell, McCann, Boyd, Thorne, Gayle, Tomlin.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Zakuani, Ferdinand, Clarke-Harris, Carthey.

Booked: Bostwick.

Attendance: 17,377

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).


That header jolted Peterborough into
life and they looked more likely to win until taking a sucker punch 13
minutes from time when Fuller fired in a fine effort from 25 yards.

Unfortunately the Jamaican had to be
brought off immediately afterwards due to injury, but Charlton fans were
soon cheering again as Yann Kermorgant tapped home a late second goal.

It was the Frenchman's first start
since mid September and he quickly made his mark in south London,
testing Bobby Olejnik inside the opening two minutes.

The former Aston Villa goalkeeper
denied Kermorgant's snapshot and then saw a Emmanuel Frimpong effort
deflect just over his crossbar.

After Leon Cort did excellently to
turn away an effort from on-loan Dwight Gayle at the other end,
Arsenal's Frimpong again came close from distance as Charlton continued
to press for an early opener.

Johnnie Jackson should have done
better with a close-range header in the 17th minute, before Addicks
goalkeeper Ben Hamer stopped a fizzing Michael Bostwick strike.

Pritchard was denied when Charlton
returned to the attack, before Michael Morrison was booked, ruling him
out of Saturday's derby clash at Millwall.

It epitomised the home side's
increasing frustration as they struggled to break down Peterborough's
resolute defence, with Fuller thwarted by Olejnik's legs when he did
eventually find space.

Peterborough ended the half on top
and, after Gayle headed over a chance to mark his full debut with a
goal, Hamer had to flick over a George Boyd strike.

Kermorgant sent a diving header wide
shortly when the sides returned for the second half, before Pritchard's
close-range header rattled the post.

Those efforts seemed to spur Darren Ferguson's side into life, with Hamer forced into action to stop a low Lee Tomlin hit.

George Thorne put wide and then Gayle
was denied as Posh continued to threaten, before Boyd's shot deflected
off Tomlin onto the post.

Peterborough rained in shots as they controlled the play, with Tomlin denied a 72nd-minute penalty.
The 518 visiting fans were in good voice and looked set to leave with a
point or better until Fuller lashed home from distance five minutes

While the summer signing had to
hobble off immediately, Powell's side were celebrating again five
minutes from time when Kermorgant turned in substitute Danny Green's
right-wing cross.

Peterborough 1 Crystal Palace 2: match report

Peterborough 1 Crystal Palace 2: Moritz and Dikgacoi find late way past Posh stopper Olejnik


17:26 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:26 GMT, 10 November 2012

Crystal Palace came from behind to extend their unbeaten run to 13 npower Championship matches with a 2-1 victory at Peterborough that saw the Eagles return to the top of the table.

Ian Holloway, in his first away game as Palace boss, saw his team fall behind after just six minutes to a Grant McCann strike.

Top and bottom: Palace manager Ian Holloway and Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson

Top and bottom: Palace manager Ian Holloway and Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock, Brisley, Knight-Percival, Little (Ferdinand 84), Bostwick, McCann, Newell, Tomlin (Swanson 63), Berahino (Barnett 67), Boyd. Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, Sinclair, Mendez-Laing.

Booked: Boyd,Knight-Percival.

Goals: McCann 6.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward (Wilbraham 80), Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Garvan (Moritz 74), Zaha, Murray, Bolasie (Blake 84). Subs Not Used: Price, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe.

Booked: Murray.

Goals: Moritz 80, Dikgacoi 82.

Att: 9,691

Ref: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

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An inspired display from Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik looked like it
might be enough to see the hosts hang on to that lead but Palace
eventually made a breakthrough and won it with two late goals from Andre
Moritz and Kagisho Dikgacoi.

McCann recovered from the groin injury that saw him withdrawn early in
the second half during the midweek defeat at Brighton so Peterborough
manager Darren Ferguson made just one change to his starting line up
with Lee Tomlin replacing Tyrone Barnett.

Holloway named the same starting line-up against Ipswich on Tuesday
night which had beaten Blackburn the previous weekend, and after seeing
Palace go top of the Championship with a 5-0 win in his first game in
charge he again picked the same XI.
McCann put Posh ahead from close range following some impressive
trickery down the left-hand side of the penalty area from George Boyd.

Palace immediately had two chances to equalise. Peter Ramage headed
powerfully wide from Owen Garvan's cross before Wilfried Zaha's effort
from the edge of the box was diverted over the crossbar by the
fingertips of Olejnik.

Holloway's team enjoyed plenty of possession during the remainder of the
first half but Posh should have gone into half-time in front when Craig
Alcock got on the end of Boyd's cross, however the full-back headed

Palace continued to push for an equaliser after the break but the hosts had Olejnik to thank for keeping them ahead.

The Austrian pushed an 18-yard effort from Glenn Murray over the bar at
the start of the second half and then tipped Zaha's 20-yarder round a

Murray headed a Garvan free-kick wide before he was then denied by
Olejnik again, this time from close range when it looked like he would
turn home Yannick Bolasie's cross.

Damien Delaney blazed over from six yards out following a corner before
it was Bolasie's turn to be frustrated by Olejnik midway through the
second half.

However, Olejnik's resistance was finally broken 10 minutes from time by substitute Moritz.

The Brazilian, on as a 74th-minute replacement for Garvan, had plenty of
work to do when he received the ball on the left-hand side of the
penalty area but he cut inside and sent a left-foot shot beyond Olejnik
and into the net off the far post.

And Palace completed the turnaround two minutes later with a superb breakaway goal.

Zaha led the charge, sprinting free down the right before laying the
ball into the path of Dikgacoi who stroked it home from 12 yards out.

Palace still went looking for more goals though, and would have got them
had it not been for Olejnik who made late parrying saves to deny Zaha
and Murray once more.

Watford 1 Peterborough 0 – match report

Watford 1 Peterborough 0: Late penalty condemns Posh to yet another defeat



16:37 GMT, 20 October 2012

Matej Vydra stepped off the bench to give Watford a last-gasp win and condemn Peterborough to a ninth defeat in 11 npower Championship games this season.

Watford were troubled by their visitors in the opening exchanges, with attackers Emile Sinclair and Tyrone Barnett in lively form. Nevertheless, half-time was reached with neither goalkeeper overly extended.

Gianfranco Zola's Hornets assumed the ascendancy upon the resumption, but recalled forward Fernando Forestieri was wasteful when presented with opportunities.

Right direction: Watford pulled off a late win at home to struggling Peterborough

Right direction: Watford pulled off a late win at home to struggling Peterborough


Watford: Almunia, Hall, Doyley, Hoban, Hogg, Pudil, Abdi (Vydra 72), Cassetti, Chalobah, Deeney (Geijo 86), Forestieri (Yeates 88). Subs Not Used: Bond, Murray, Anya, Thompson.

Booked: Deeney,Pudil,Almunia.

Goals: Vydra 90 pen.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (McCann 60), Brisley, Knight-Percival, Bostwick, Boyd, Rowe (Ntlhe 46), Ferdinand, Little, Barnett, Sinclair (Berahino 67). Subs Not Used: Richens, Zakuani, Swanson, Tomlin.

Booked: Knight-Percival, Ntlhe, McCann.

Att: 15,950

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

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The closest either side came to
breaking the deadlock before Vydra's late intervention was a strike from
Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah that went behind via the post.

But Kane Ferdinand infringed Daniel
Pudil in the 89th minute and Vydra, one of Zola's sizeable Udinese loan
contingent, kept his cool to leave Darren Ferguson's Posh rooted to the
foot of the table and five points from safety.

Lloyd Doyley and Forestieri returned to the Watford starting line-up in place of injured defender Piccoli Neuton and Vydra.

Peterborough were unchanged from the 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest before the international break.

Ferguson's strugglers came flying out
of the blocks with Watford defender Pudil forced to divert an Emile
Sinclair cross behind for a corner inside the first 20 seconds, from
which Tommy Rowe headed over.

Almen Abdi and Marco Cassetti responded for the home side but their off-target efforts were no more than speculative.

Peterborough striker Tyrone Barnett
had a clearer chance midway through the half but headed Mark Little's
cross over Manuel Almunia's bar.

Fitz Hall might have done better from
Forestieri's corner as half-time approached but chances were proving
very hard to come by for Zola's men.

Ferguson made a defensively-minded change at the interval with Kgosi Ntlhe introduced in favour of Rowe.

Forestieri engineered space in the area but dragged his shot wide of the near post six minutes after the restart.

Watford came agonisingly close to
breaking the deadlock as the hour approached when Chalobah fired
goalward right-footed from the edge of the box and rattled the post with
Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik helpless.

Twice more Forestieri was wasteful from close quarters as the visitors were pushed onto the back foot.

But eventually the pressure told and
with less than 90 seconds of normal time to play, Ferdinand fouled Pudil
and referee Geoff Eltringham pointed to the spot.

Introduced as a 72nd minute
replacement for Abdi, Serbian striker Vydra fired home a low penalty to
send those among the Vicarage Road faithful who had not opted for an
early exit into raptures.

Peterborough 0 Nottm Forest 1: Match report

Peterborough 0 Nottm Forest 1: Reid's wonder strike condemns Posh to another home defeat



16:43 GMT, 6 October 2012

Andy Reid's superb strike gave Nottingham Forest their first away win in the npower Championship and left Peterborough as the only Football League club without a home point so far this season.

Reid scored the only goal of the game after 51 minutes as Forest halted a five-game winless streak, but they were indebted to goalkeeper Lee Camp who made a couple of good saves to keep his team in front.

Forest also had chances to win by a bigger margin and might have done so had it not been for Posh keeper Robert Olejnik.

You beauty! Andy reid (centre) celebrated his wonderful goal

You beauty! Andy reid (centre) celebrated his wonderful goal


Peterborough: Olejnik,Little (Swanson 63),Brisley, Knight-Percival, Alcock, Rowe (Tomlin 67), Ferdinand, Bostwick, Boyd, Barnett, Sinclair (Berahino 63).

Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, McCann, Ntlhe.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Halford, Ayala (Moloney 46), Collins, Harding, McGugan (Jenas 61), Gillett, Reid, Cohen, Sharp, Cox (Majewski 81).

Subs Not Used: Evtimov, Moussi, Guedioura, Coppinger.

Goals: Reid 51.

Att: 10,469

Ref: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire).

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After finally kick-starting their
npower Championship campaign last weekend with a 3-1 victory at Hull and
following up those first three league points with a 2-0 success at
Barnsley on Tuesday night, Peterborough were unchanged for the third
straight game.

Forest made one change as Simon Cox was restored to the starting line up after a one-match suspension.

He partnered Billy Sharp up front as
midfielder Henri Lansbury dropped out of the team and was absent from
the squad ahead of the England Under-21s' forthcoming European
Championship play-off double-header against Serbia.

Lewis McGugan looked up for it early
on with three attempts on the Peterborough goal in the opening 10
minutes, although only one worked Olejnik and that was a 25-yarder
straight at the Austrian.

Forest got the ball into the box
regularly in the first 15 minutes but Chris Cohen twice failed to get
enough on headers to worry Olejnik.

Peterborough won the first corner of
the game after 17 minutes. It signalled the beginning of a sustained
spell of pressure from the hosts during which Nathaniel Knight-Percival
turned a shot over the crossbar.

Tyrone Barnett then curled an effort wide midway through the first half.

Forest battled back and McGugan had
two further efforts either side of the half-hour mark – one going wide
and the other being blocked – before a deflected Cox shot narrowly

Camp was called into his first piece of meaningful action at the start of the second half.

Reid gave the ball away inside his
own half and Michael Bostwick advanced to the edge of the area before
forcing Camp to beat away his shot. From the resulting corner, Camp
parried again from Barnett's header.

That got the Posh crowd behind their team but they were soon quietened by Reid's blockbuster.

After collecting the ball on the
halfway line, the former Republic of Ireland international let rip from
the left side of the area and his shot flew into the top corner of the

Camp immediately had to preserve
Forest's lead with another parrying save to thwart Barnett after the
striker managed to get his volley in after getting goal-side of Dan

Jermaine Jenas, on as a 61st-minute
replacement for McGugan, thought he had scored his first Forest goal in
almost 11 years midway through the second half but the on loan Tottenham
midfielder was denied his moment of glory when a referee's assistant
ruled that Sharp had run the ball out of play in the build up.

At the other end, Camp was at it
again – this time getting down quickly to push a long-range effort wide
from Posh sub Danny Swanson.

Jenas was denied again after 75
minutes when Olejnik got fingertips to his curler from inside the box.
The Posh keeper then produced an even better save from the rebound to
keep out Cox.

Peterborough put Forest under
pressure during the closing stages but the visitors held on and would
have done so by two goals to nil had Olejnik not blocked Sharp's shot in
injury time.

Burnley 5 Peterborough 2: Austin"s brace piles on the woe to basement club Posh

Burnley 5 Peterborough 2: Austin's brace piles on the woe to basement club Posh



16:51 GMT, 15 September 2012

Charlie Austin scored two second-half goals for Burnley as they secured a 5-2 victory over Peterborough in an exciting npower Championship encounter at Turf Moor.

The match was evenly poised in the first half with the score 2-2 at the interval, but Burnley fired home three unanswered goals in the second period to secure their second league win of the season and leave Peterborough still waiting for their first.

Burnley took the lead on seven minutes as Chris McCann's header from six yards beat Peterborough keeper Robert Olejnik.

No wonder he's smiling: Burnley boss Eddie Howe

No wonder he's smiling: Burnley boss Eddie Howe

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills, Wallace (Stewart 63), Marney, McCann, Stanislas, Austin (Stock 87), Paterson (Vokes 62). Subs not used: Jensen, Edgar, Bartley, Mee.

Booked: Mills.

Scorers: McCann 7, Bostwick 39 (og), Austin 74,81 (pen), Stanislas 86.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little (Ferdinand 84), Brisley (Zakuani 59), Bostwick, Alcock, Frecklington, McCann, Mendez-Laing, Tomlin, Boyd (Sinclair 69), Barnett. Subs not used: Day, Newell, Knight-Percival, Clarke-Harris.

Booked: Olejnik.

Scorers: Tomlin 20 (pen), Mendez-Laing 23.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 10,979.

Posh responded to going behind by launching several attacks on Burnley's goal with Grant McCann's strike from 18 yards out blocked by goalscorer Chris McCann in the eighth minute, before Lee Grant saved George Boyd's long-range effort four minutes later.

Peterborough's pressure paid off in the 19th minute when they were awarded a penalty. Lee Tomlin calmly slotted home, beating Grant with a shot into the bottom left side of the goal.

Four minutes later, Peterborough took the lead when Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's left-footed effort beat Grant from 12 yards out after Tomlin headed the ball across from the right channel.

Seven minutes before the break an Michael Bostwick own goal enabled Burnley to draw level after the midfielder put the ball into his own net from six yards out.

MacAnthony to consider his future after defeat

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony took to Twitter in the aftermath of the defeat, casting doubt over his future with the club.

'Im off home from office now,I hear what lot of posh fans saying & empathize so i'll have serious think about my own position over weekend -'

'And my own shortcomings/failings in helping manager & playing squad this season. I only want whats best for them & posh fans. Cheers all!', he said.

Both sides remained unchanged at the interval and they started the second half brightly with several chances apiece in the first 10 minutes after the re-start, although none of them resulted in a goal.

Burnley defender Joseph Mills was booked for unsporting behaviour in the 54th minute, while Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was forced to make the first substitution of the game with Gabriel Zakuani replacing the injured Shaun Brisley.

Burnley manager Eddie Howe responded with two substitutions of his own as Ross Wallace was replaced by Cameron Stewart and Sam Vokes came on for Martin Paterson.

The home side had a couple of chances courtesy of Junior Stanislas and Stewart before Ferguson made his second substitution as Emile Sinclair came on for George Boyd in the 69th minute.

Burnley's dominance paid off in the 74th minute when Austin gave his side a 3-2 lead from 18 yards out after fine work by Chris McCann down the left flank.

The Clarets put the result beyond doubt when Austin scored his second goal of the game from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Olejnik to make the score 4-2 10 minutes from the final whistle.

The icing on the cake for Burnley came five minutes from time when Stanislas scored from 12 yards out after being fed from the left channel by Mills.

Reading 3 Peterborough 2

Reading 3 Peterborough 2: No relief for fumbling Federici as Royals scrape through



23:05 GMT, 28 August 2012

Adam Federici's first-team future at Reading is in question after the hapless keeper again made mistakes.

Fortunately for Federici, striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and Chris Gunter got him out of trouble before Peterborough defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival scored an own goal to hand the Premier League side victory after they had twice fallen behind.

So safe in his previous three seasons, the Aussie keeper let in poor goals against Stoke and Chelsea in Premier League and was again less than convincing on Tuesday.

On target: Pogrebnyak scores Reading's second goal of the game

On target: Pogrebnyak scores Reading's second goal of the game


Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan (Tabb 72), Guthrie, McCleary (Hunt 62), Pogrebnyak.
Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Shorey, Mariappa, Le Fondre, Cummings.
Goals: Pogrebnyak 16, Gunter 19, Knight-Percival 38 og.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Brisley (Newell 26), Knight-Percival, Ntlhe (Sinclair 83), Swanson, Bostwick,McCann, Boyd, Taylor, Tomlin.
Subs Not Used: Day, Clarke-Harris, Richens, Grant, Gordon-Hutton.
Booked: Swanson.
Goals: Taylor 12, Tomlin 17.
Att: 7,262
Ref: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

But Reading boss Brian McDermott refused to criticise his No 1, saying: ‘I haven’t seen the goals back — but at 2-2 Adam made a couple of good saves and at 3-2 made a good save.

‘The most important thing is we are still in the hat. We didn’t start well and some of our play was a bit kamikaze. We hit the post a few times.

‘Without the ball we didn’t do as well as we normally do. With it, we were very good at times and Pavel could have had a hat-trick. We need to do better.

‘We don’t play now for three weeks.’ That’s a long time for Federici to sweat.

He looked at fault for Peterborough’s opener. Paul Taylor tried his luck from the edge of the box and Federici allowed the ball to get past him when he might have done better.

Pogrebnyak levelled in the 15th minute while grounded, the ball soaring into the empty net off defender Shaun Brisley.

Challenge: Posh provided a stern test for Reading

Challenge: Posh provided a stern test for Reading

But three minutes later, Reading were caught out by Brisley’s through-ball to Lee Tomlin, whose effort went in off Federici’s arm. Again questions were raised about the keeper.

Gunter equalised from the edge of the area after defender Knight-Percival seemed to leave the shot to his keeper Bobby Olejnik. And Peterborough were undone on 38 minutes when Gunter’s cross was glanced home by Knight-Percival as he tried to clear.

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson said: ‘We don’t want to be known as the footballing side that makes individual mistakes. We made too many.’