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Hull City 0 Bristol City 0: Nervy Tigers must wait for the big time after stalemate

Hull City 0 Bristol City 0: Nervy Tigers must wait for the big time

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

20:37 GMT, 19 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:57 GMT, 19 April 2013

If Hull City are going to go back to the Barclays Premier League, they are determined to do it the hard way.

Just three days after losing at Wolves, Steve Bruce's side, who remain
second behind promoted Cardiff City, blew their chance to virtually
guarantee their return to the top flight with a victory over
bottom-placed Bristol City, who were relegated earlier in the week.

Hull's Matt Fryatt tussles with Liam Kelly of Bristol City

Running man: Hull's Matt Fryatt tussles with Liam Kelly of Bristol City

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Chester (Rosenior 86), Faye, Hobbs, Elmohamady, Boyd, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Gedo (Simpson 67), Fryatt (Proschwitz 67). Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Cairney, McShane, Fathi.

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Nyatanga, Moloney, Cunningham, Adomah (Anderson 86), Kilkenny, Kelly, Bates,Baldock (Howard 90), Davies (Burns 90). Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Louis Carey, Ajala.

Att: 18,595

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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The drab goalless draw at the KC Stadium has offered a lifeline to closest rivals Watford, who face Blackburn Rovers at Vicarage Road on Saturday and can now overtake Hull with three wins out of three. Bizarrely however, if Gianfranco Zola's side lose, Hull will be promoted.

That, of course, is the Championship but Hull never really looked like a team on the verge of leaving the division in the right direction in front of their anxious and frustrated supporters. Bristol City certainly looked like a team who are relegated.

They were the opponents five years ago when Dean Windass's dramatic late goal sealed Hull's promotion to the big time for the first time. There was no local hero to break the deadlock last night, or offer evidence that Hull will be able to avoid a return visit to Wembley to clinch promotion next month.

Hold up: Fryatt is blocked off by with Brendan Moloney

Hold up: Fryatt is blocked off by with Brendan Moloney

Pressure point: Hull boss Steve Bruce

Pressure point: Hull boss Steve Bruce

For all that their three-man defence had little to do, the home side
rarely troubled visiting keeper Tom Heaton. He didn't have a save to
make in the first half, which was down to the Tigers' nervy and
unconvincing approach play.

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And when rare chances did fall their way in the penalty area, they were
wasted. Irish pair Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn both benefitted from
the tireless endeavours of their fellow countryman David Meyler but
Brady found the sidenetting and Quinn could only reach the 98 travelling
supporters who made the long journey north.

Hull, who travel to Barnsley next week, fared little better after the
break as Bruce tried to calm nerves among his players and the home
crowd. Even strong penalty appeals for a foul on Quinn 10 minutes from
time failed to convince referee Michael Oliver.

In fact, apart from a weak Brady free-kick, the only shot on target came
from Bristol's Sam Baldock who barely warmed David Stockdale's hands
with his drive.

Heaton did not have a meaningful save to make until the first minute
of added time when he denied Meyler with a superb two-handed stop from
12 yards after the home side finally penetrated the Bristol back line.

JT McNamara in "very positive frame of mind" after being paralysed by horror fall

McNamara in 'very positive frame of mind' despite being paralysed by horror fall

By
Marcus Townend

PUBLISHED:

19:16 GMT, 29 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:57 GMT, 29 March 2013

Jockey JT McNamara, seriously injured in
a fall at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this month, has expressed his
gratitude for the support he has received as it was publicly confirmed
he has been left paralysed.

A statement issued by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club Senior
Medical Officer and Lisa Hancock, CEO, Injured Jockeys Fund on behalf of
the McNamara Family, said: ‘JT McNamara remains in the Frenchay
Hospital, Bristol.

Moving: JT McNamara is improving and will be moved to a hospital in Ireland

Moving: JT McNamara is improving and will be moved to a hospital in Ireland

‘Whilst he suffered a serious neck injury resulting in paralysis, he has made progress in the last week and is in a very positive frame of mind.

‘He is greatly appreciative of the many messages, cards and letters received and also wishes to thank the Frenchay Hospital who are looking after him so well.’

McNamara was injured in a first fence fall from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Hancock said: 'It's a risky sport. Safety is important and it continues to be, but it is a risky sport and every jockey knows that. We are looking at safety measures and continue to do so.]

'But at the end of the day you're riding a horse at speed and jumping fences at speed so the risk is always there.'

JT McNamara

Paul Struthers, chief excutive of the Professional Jockeys Association, tweeted: 'Awful news with confirmation of the extent of JT's injuries. The risks faced/sacrifices made by our brave boys & girls face to entertain us.'

The Jockey Club tweeted: 'We echo the sentiments expressed across our sport & beyond, and send our very best wishes to JT McNamara & those dear to him.'

Grand National-winning rider Mick Fitzgerald has also spoken of his sadness and of the risks involved in racing.

Now a successful pundit on television and radio, Fitzgerald told Sky Sports News: 'It's a mixture of sadness, it's the end of a great career for a jockey who was an amateur and did it because he loved the game.

'When it happened at the time a sombre (mood) descended on Cheltenham, everyone had everything crossed and plenty of people were praying their worse fears wouldn't be realised. This is the end of a glittering career.

'The great thing I can say is that he's in a positive frame of mind and that is number one. He's surrounded by people who love him and I can only extend my best wishes to him and his family.

'It's a high-risk sport and this is one of the things that can happen. As a jump jockey you go out to ride every day knowing it could be your last. You never think it could be you, it always happens to someone else.

'We devote our lives to the sport we love. None of us want to see a jockey injured, the same goes for the horse.

Sombre: Former Grand National winner and racing pundit Mick Fitzgerald spoke out about his sadness

Sombre: Former Grand National winner and racing pundit Mick Fitzgerald spoke out about his sadness

'Getting injured is always in the back of your mind but if you were thinking about it, you wouldn't be able to do your job.

'He's alive and well and in a positive frame of mind. It's important that racing does what it can to help him enjoy the rest of life. I cannot tell you how nice a guy he is.'

The latest statement on McNamara's condition was issued jointly by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club Senior Medical Officer and Lisa Hancock, CEO, Injured Jockeys Fund, on behalf of the rider's family and read: 'JT McNamara remains in the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. Whilst he suffered a serious neck injury resulting in paralysis, he has made progress in the last week and is in a very positive frame of mind.

'He is greatly appreciative of the many messages, cards and letters received and also wishes to thank the Frenchay Hospital who are looking after him so well.'

Rickie Lambert agrees new deal with Southampton until 2016

Lambert 'over the moon' after agreeing new two-year deal with Southampton

By
Simon Peach, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:40 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 21 March 2013

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has extended his stay at the club until 2016.

The 31-year-old has established himself as a firm fans' favourite at St Mary's since joining from Bristol Rovers in August 2009.

Lambert has scored 101 goals for Southampton and his 13-goal haul this season makes him the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League.

Delight: Rickie Lambert was 'over the moon' to agree a fresh deal with Southampton

Delight: Rickie Lambert was 'over the moon' to agree a fresh deal with Southampton

The striker's contract had been due to expire at the end of next season but has now been extended by a further two years.

'I'm over the moon to sign with Southampton for another three years,' Lambert told the club's official website.

'I am already enjoying myself massively at this club and the aim now is to stay on for another three years and help push the club on further than where it already is.

'There is a lot of ambition in this club for the next few years and that is one of the main reasons that I have signed the contract – and that is why I want to end my career here.

'The core of players who have been together for two or three years are going to be here for another three or four years and that is a really good feeling.

'We all have the same ambition and [executive chairman] Nicola Cortese's ambition for this club drives us all on as well, so it really helps the club with where we are now and it will help with where we want to go.'

Lambert's contract extension follows recent new deals handed to Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon and Kelvin Davis – others to have played a key part in Southampton's rise from npower League One to the top flight.

'Rickie Lambert is a very special player for Southampton Football Club,' Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

Goal scorer: Lambert's strike against Liverpool on Saturday was his 13th in the Premier League this season

Goal scorer: Lambert's strike against Liverpool on Saturday was his 13th in the Premier League this season

Lambert

He added: 'To have scored over 100 goals is a remarkable achievement, and one which he has made possible thanks to hard work and dedication.

'In my time at the club I have been impressed by his mentality and commitment to improving himself in training – attributes that have allowed him to adapt to the Premier League so well.

'I am delighted that Rickie has committed himself to the club for a further three years, and have no doubts that he will continue to deliver for Southampton as we look to push on to the next level.'

Gary Mabbutt rushed to hospital after circulation blockage in left leg

Former Spurs skipper Mabbutt rushed to hospital after circulation blockage in leg

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

12:59 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:05 GMT, 21 March 2013

Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Mabbutt was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation on a circulation blockage in his left leg.

The former captain was omitted to King's College Hospital, London, where he had a successful peripheral artery bypass operation. He will remain in hospital for two weeks while he recovers.

In a statement Tottenham said: 'The club are delighted to report that Gary Mabbutt is now making a successful recovery from an emergency operation to cure a circulation blockage in his left leg.

Crowning moment: Gary Mabbutt lifts the FA Cup in 1991

Crowning moment: Gary Mabbutt lifts the FA Cup in 1991

Everybody at the club would like to wish him a full and speedy recovery, while Gary himself would like to thank his dedicated medical team and staff at King's College.'

Mabbutt, who started his career at Bristol Rovers in 1979, spent 16 years at Tottenham between 1982 and 1998.

At the north London club he won the 1984 UEFA Cup and lifted the FA Cup as captain in 1991.

Concern: Mabbutt was rushed to hospital after a circulation blockage

Concern: Mabbutt was rushed to hospital after a circulation blockage

He made more than 450 appearances for Spurs and also won 16 caps for England.

The 51-year-old broke his leg in the opening game of the 1996-97 season, did not play again that year and decided to retire from the game at the end of the following campaign.

In his last match for the club he was made captain for the final nine minutes.

At the time of his retirement, aged 37, he was the longest-serving player at Tottenham.

Former Spurs team-mate Gary Lineker added on Twitter: 'Gary Mabbutt has had emergency surgery. Don't know details, but I do know there is no man more gutsy than Mabbs. Get well soon.'

David Moyes pleased to see Rickie Lambert thriving at Southampton

It's great to see likes of Lambert reach the top level, says Moyes

By
Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

08:40 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 21 January 2013

David Moyes hopes Rickie Lambert does not score his 11th goal of the season when Everton visit Southampton tonight but the Toffees boss is encouraged to see the striker doing so well.

Lambert has spent most of his career in the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers but has had no trouble adjusting to the top level.

The 30-year-old's 10 goals make him the joint leading English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League along with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, leading to talk of a possible England call-up.

Progress: Rickie Lambert has worked his way through the divisions

Progress: Rickie Lambert has worked his way through the divisions

Moyes said: 'Like a lot of the Southampton players who have moved up through the leagues, he's done very well.

'Some of them have gone the distance with them, some of them have joined in as they've gone along but I think they've tended to keep the soul of the club.

'Rickie Lambert's been a great goalscorer through his career and he continues to do so.'

Players working their way up to the top flight through the leagues have become increasingly rare, but Lambert is not the only one.

Norwich's Grant Holt and Adam Le Fondre of Reading have both made their mark at Premier League level, and Moyes hopes there will be others following in their footsteps.

He said: 'I think it's something we have to try to embrace because if not we're going to be going abroad trying to buy all the players, or maybe clubs such as Everton and Southampton have got them all in their academy systems now.

'I'm now quite sure that's true and I do think it would be great if we were still able to bring in players from the lower leagues.

'We went and got Tim Cahill, Andy Johnson and Joleon Lescott and I think people got the message that we're trying to pick up players from lower down if we can.'

Building blocks: David Moyes appreciates the hard work it takes for players to make it in the Premier League

Building blocks: David Moyes appreciates the hard work it takes for players to make it in the Premier League

Tonight's match will be the first for new Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, who replaced Nigel Adkins on Friday following his surprise sacking.

Adkins was hugely popular and the decision will have shocked fans and players alike, but Moyes does not think it will make his side's task easier.

The Scot said: 'It's a really difficult one to judge because I actually think Southampton have been playing quite well. I'm not quite sure what effect it will have on the players but when you get a new manager you get on with it.

'I don't think players mope around too long about the manager, and I mean that with real respect for Nigel, but I think players just get on with their job. I would expect them to do that and it will be difficult.

'I don't know what the atmosphere will be like, I would have expected the supporters to have probably been in Nigel's camp because of the work he'd done there.'

Unknown quantity: Leighton Baines and Co will be the first team to play Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton

Unknown quantity: Leighton Baines and Co will be the first team to play Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton

Sean O"Driscoll named as new Bristol City manager

O'Driscoll replaces McInnes as Bristol City boss after snubbing Championship rivals Blackpool

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

10:17 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 14 January 2013

Sean O’Driscoll has been confirmed as manager of Bristol City after choosing them ahead of fellow Championship club Blackpool.

The former Nottingham Forest manager, who turned down Barnsley because he felt the job was not right for him, was ready to succeed Michael Appleton at Bloomfield Road.

But a late sales pitch from the Bristol City board has steered him towards Ashton Gate in a shock development that should be confirmed in the next day.

Checking in: Bristol City have named Sean O'Driscoll as head coach on a rolling 12 month contract

Checking in: Bristol City have named Sean O'Driscoll as head coach on a rolling 12 month contract

Derek McInnes was sacked in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Leicester and City moved swiftly, after earmarking O’Driscoll but sensing he was about to accept Blackpool’s offer.

O’Driscoll, 55, harshly sacked by Forest earlier this season, was won over after being assured by Ashton Gate chiefs that he could do the job on his terms, even if the likely scenario of relegation to League One becomes a reality.

O'Driscoll said: 'Sometimes you have to go with your gut instinct. It just feels right.

'I think it needs a concerted effort from everyone (to stay up) and I'll get all the credit or blame, but everyone needs to be moving in the same direction.

'We need to hit the ground running and in this topsy-turvy Championship, anything is possible.

'If
we put a run together we can soon be in a different position in the
league. Everyone I have spoken to is confident we have the ability in
the squad to achieve that.

'I like the way the club is being developed. This has always been a well-run football club and that is never going to change.'

Looking down: Derek McInnes was sacked following a 4-0 defeat by Leicester

Looking down: Derek McInnes was sacked following a 4-0 defeat by Leicester

He continued: 'I know most of the players from playing against them or seeing them play so I have an opinion of the players as they will have an opinion of me.

'But what is most important in football is the character of the team and I don't know that. I have got to create a little bit of trust quickly.

'My message to the players will be “show me what you can do.” That doesn't always mean how many goals, how many times you can keep the ball up or how clever you can be. It is more the attitude you show when things don't go your way.

'This is a great opportunity for the players to show me when it hasn't gone their way that they are up for the fight. We've got to do it together.'

John Lansdown, the Robins' football managing director, added: 'Sean has got a really good record at clubs and a record of being there for the long term and we appointed Sean because we believe he has the ability to keep us up this season.

'We are looking forward to working with him for a long time.'

Bristol City sack Derek McInnes after losing 4-0 to Leicester

Championship basement side Bristol City sack boss McInnes after losing 4-0 to Leicester

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

19:43 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:02 GMT, 12 January 2013

Bristol City manager Derek McInnes has been relieved of his duties.
The Robins slumped to the foot of the npower Championship table following the 4-0 home defeat to Leicester.

Director Jon Lansdown said in a statement: 'This is a decision we felt we had to make for the good of the football club.

The end of an era: Bristol City sacked Derek McInnes

The end of an era: Bristol City sacked Derek McInnes

'Derek has been a pleasure to work with; he's disappointed but he understands the decision.

'We want to give ourselves the best possible chance of getting out of the situation we are currently in and we've got 20 games to do that.'

The 41-year-old left Kilmarnock to take the Robins job in October 2011 and kept them in the Championship during his first season in charge.

On target: Chris Wood came back to haunt his former club with a hat-trick

On target: Chris Wood came back to haunt his former club with a hat-trick

But the Ashton Gate outfit have struggled this term, winning just six out of 26 league matches as well as being dumped out in the first round of the League Cup and third round of the FA Cup.

The heavy loss inflicted by Leicester proved to be the final straw, with McInnes dismissed after losing 31 of his 62 games in charge.

Assistant manager Tony Docherty has been asked to take training on Monday and the club will hold a press conference on the same day.

Alex Ferguson to send Davide Petrucci and Scott Wootton to Peterborough

Ferguson to send Petrucci and Wootton to Posh (to help his son avoid relegation)

season, and has
also had temporary spells at Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

Wootton has made four first-team
appearances at Old Trafford this season – in the Capital One Cup matches
against Newcastle United and Chelsea, and the two Champions League
group stage games with Cluj.

Wootton was also wanted by Bristol
City, Birmingham and Blackburn, according to reports. He is also
reportedly in talks over a new two-year contract at United.

Time to help my son: Ferguson will send Petrucci and Wootton to Peterborough

Time to help my son: Ferguson will send Petrucci and Wootton to Peterborough

Cheers dad: Peterborough are 21st in the Championship and in danger of relegation to the third tier

Cheers dad: Peterborough are 21st in the Championship and in danger of relegation to the third tier

Italian-born Petrucci, 21, was acquired from Roma in July 2008 but the midfielder saw his first-team breakthrough delayed by a succession of injuries.

He is currently the captain of United's reserves and would gain from first team experience at Peterborough as he pushes for a senior debut at old Trafford next season.

Currently, he is best known for being punched by Nani in a bust-up at United's Carrington training ground.

Meanwhile, young United winger Robbie Brady has joined Hull City.

Carl Fletcher in tears after Plymouth sack manager

It's been emotional! Fletcher in tears as sacked Plymouth boss talks about departure

PUBLISHED:

10:52 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:13 GMT, 2 January 2013

Carl Fletcher has tears in his eyes as he talked about getting the sack as Plymouth manager on New Year's Day.

Fletcher, 32, was axed on Tuesday after kicking off 2013 with a defeat at Bristol Rovers.

The Pilgrims have won just one of their last 15 matches and an emotional Fletcher, during an interview with the BBC, admitted he is unsure about whether he will stay in football.

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Fired! Carl Fletcher was sacked as Plymouth Argyle manager on New Year's Day following the 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers

Fired! Carl Fletcher was sacked as Plymouth Argyle manager on New Year's Day following the 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers

Fletcher took over as player-manager at Home Park in November 2011. He announced his retirement from the game to concentrate on his managerial duties in May but is considering pulling on his boots again if he does stay in the game.

Fletcher won 17, drew 27 and lost 26 of his 70 matches at the Plymouth helm as player-manager and then manager.

A club statement read: 'Plymouth Argyle Football Club have parted company with manager Carl Fletcher.

'The team’s recent results have not been good enough and, with the club’s Football League future paramount, the Argyle Board felt that a change was necessary now as we head into an important part of the season.

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'The owner and the Board would like to thank Carl for all he has done for the club, as a player and a manager.

'Carl helped keep us in the Football League last season and we will never forget that huge contribution he made to Argyle’s history.

'He leaves with our best wishes for his future career and will always be welcome at Home Park.

'The Board will now seek promptly to appoint a new manager with significant experience of football management.

'The club will be making no further immediate comment to this announcement.'

LEAGUE MANAGERIAL DEPARTURES THIS SEASON

August 24 – Andy Thorn (Coventry)
August 28 – John Sheridan (Chesterfield)
September 19 – Terry Brown (AFC Wimbledon)
September 22 – Gary Waddock (Wycombe)
September 24 – John Ward (Colchester)
September 28 – Steve Kean (Blackburn)
October 3 – Paul Groves (Bournemouth)
October 9 – Owen Coyle (Bolton)
October 12 – Eddie Howe (Burnley)
October 23 – Dougie Freedman (Crystal Palace)
October 24 – Neale Cooper (Hartlepool)
October 24 – Paul Jewell (Ipswich)
October 26 – Paul Cook (Accrington)
October 29 – Alan Knill (Scunthorpe)
November 3 – Ian Holloway (Blackpool)
November 7 – Michael Appleton (Portsmouth)
November 21 – Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea)
November 23 – Mark Hughes (QPR)
December 1 – Micky Mellon (Fleetwood)
December 15 – Mark McGhee (Bristol Rovers)
December 26 – Sean O'Driscoll (Nottingham Forest)
December 27 – Henning Berg (Blackburn)
December 28 – Mark Robson (Barnet)
December 29 – Keith Hill (Barnsley)
January 1 – Carl Fletcher (Plymouth)

Bristol City 4 Peterborough 2 match report

Bristol City 4 Peterborough 2: Baldock masterclass sees off Posh

PUBLISHED:

18:21 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

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.