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Peterborough 0 Norwich 3: Snodgrass rounds off comfortable victory for Canaries

Peterborough 0 Norwich 3: Snodgrass rounds off comfortable victory for Canaries

PUBLISHED:

17:05 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:59 GMT, 5 January 2013

Norwich returned to winning ways after four Premier League straight defeats by easily brushing aside Championship strugglers Peterborough at London Road.

Elliott Bennett opened the scoring after half an hour and Simeon Jackson doubled the lead just before half-time.

Robert Snodgrass picked up a perfectly weighted ball from Bennett to slide home the third late into the second half.

Snodgrass passes in Norwich's third to round off a comfortable display

Placement: Robert Snodgrass passes in Norwich's third to round off a easy win

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Gordon-Hutton 34), Brisley, Knight-Percival (Ajose 46), Little, Ferdinand, Bostwick, Newell, Rowe, Swanson (McCann 54), Boyd. Subs not used: Day, Clarke-Harris, Sage, Richens.

Booked: Bostwick, Brisley.

Norwich: Rudd, Martin, Barnett, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Elliott Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Lappin, Snodgrass (Butterfield 72), Jackson. Subs not used: Steer, Pilkington, Garrido, Ward, Tettey, Kane.

Booked: Martin.

Goals: Elliot Bennett 30, Jackson 41, Snodgrass 70.

Attendance: 13,198.

Referee: Stuart Attwell.

Former Posh players Russell Martin, the Norwich captain, and Ryan Bennett kept their places in a Canaries side showing eight changes, while goalkeeper Declan Rudd was among those given a chance to impress by manager Chris Hughton.

The hosts were weakened by the absence of three key players, with Gaby Zakuani on African Nations Cup duty, in-form striker Dwight Gayle cup-tied and Gavin Tomlin suspended.

League clubs are thin on the ground in this part of the country so this was virtually a derby despite there being 65 miles between the two.

More than 5,000 Norwich fans made the trip and football special trains were brought back for the occasion.

Peterborough have not beaten a top-flight club since a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the fourth round in 1965, when they went on to reach the quarter-finals.

They began brightly, though, and Joe Newell may well have scored had Ryan Bennett not deflected his shot just past the post.

But Posh's dominance was short-lived and Snodgrass was the main player as Norwich began to get on top.

Elliott Bennett rattled in the first goal after half an hour

Opener: Elliott Bennett rattled in the first goal after half an hour

Johnson is hauled back by Nicky Ajose as he looks to roam through the midfield

Foul: Bradley Johnson is hauled back by Nicky Ajose as he looks to roam through the midfield

He did brilliantly to get his head to
an overhit cross by Elliott Bennett in the 12th minute and Bobby
Olejnik was at full strength to prevent the ball reaching Jackson.

Michael Bostwick was soon in the book
for a challenge on Jackson, while Olejnik did well to push a fizzing
shot from Elliott Bennett over the bar.

The hosts' resistance was broken in
the 30th minute, though, with Snodgrass jinking into the area and
setting up Elliott Bennett, who poked his shot into the bottom corner.

Delia Smith at Peterborough v Norwich

Jake Humphrey at Peterborough v Norwich

Famous faces: Delia Smith and Jake Humphrey enjoy their day out watching Norwich

Posh manager Darren Ferguson made a
tactical change, bringing on 17-year-old Jaanai Gordon for Craig Alcock
and going to five at the back, but in the 41st minute they conceded
again.

A long ball from David Fox caught out the home defence and Jackson took his chance expertly with a cool lob over Olejnik.

And it would have been 3-0 at half-time but for the keeper, who stuck out a hand to divert Snodgrass' free-kick over the bar.

Ferguson made another change at
half-time, sending on Nicky Ajose for Nathaniel Knight-Percival, but the
pattern remained the same and Snodgrass was frustrated he could only
find the side netting when most of the visiting fans thought he had
scored.

Grant McCann replaced Danny Swanson
in Peterborough's final change, and their fans tried to inspire a
comeback, but it was largely one-way traffic.

Peterborough's Newell is quickly closed down by the Norwich defence

Rare shot: Peterborough's Joe Newell is quickly closed down by the Norwich defence

The most likely scenario appeared to
be a third for Norwich, and Bradley Johnson came close but his 25-yarder
was just wide while Jackson's header from a corner was blocked.

There were belated signs of
improvement from Posh midway through the half but the game was all over
in the 70th minute as Norwich broke away, Elliott Bennett fed Snodgrass
and he calmly beat Olejnik.

The midfielder was replaced moments
later by Jacob Butterfield, his afternoon's work done, and, although
Posh kept pushing, it was only for a consolation goal.

They almost got it with three minutes
to go after Martin had been booked for a foul on Tommy Rowe but Bostwick
could only poke McCann's free-kick into Rudd's arms – the keeper's
first save of the match.

Tierney clears the ball away from the dangerous George Boyd

High foot: Marc Tierney clears the ball away from the dangerous George Boyd

Fuming Peterborough manger Darren Ferguson apologised to his side's fans after the humiliating defeat.

He said: 'We've got our largest crowd of the season and I have to apologise to my own supporters for that performance because we're at home in a cup game which my players, for whatever reason, turned into a pre-season game.

'I'm quite glad it's taken me a while to talk to the press, and I haven't had a meeting with the players yet, because sometimes you can say things you might end up regretting.

'It was a shocking performance. If you've got your first proper tackle after 65 minutes in a cup tie then you're going to lose.

'I can accept people playing badly but the most disappointing thing for me was Norwich looked like they wanted it more, and they were the ones that made a lot of changes.

'I know what I'm going to say to the players. They'll expect me to pick them up again and perhaps they're starting to take that for granted.'

Barry Ferguson was bemused by the attitude of his players

Annoyed: Barry Ferguson was bemused by the attitude of his players

Posh were hampered by the loss of three key men in Gaby Zakuani, Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle but Ferguson insisted that was no excuse and called for a reaction in next weekend's home clash with Nottingham Forest.

'When you go on a good run and then you've got a cup match and it's a home tie, you think it could be another step towards improving in the season,' he said.

'Now we've seen what we've seen today, and it's the easiest game Norwich will have all season. All of a sudden you're back on the back foot, and you've got to go to a hard game like Forest.

'I gave my players two days off so there's no excuses whatsoever. I'm as frustrated as I've been for a while because I didn't see that performance coming.

'They've definitely let the fans down but I think the players have let me down today and they're going to have to give me a response, simple as that.'

Gordon-Hutton tries to get Peterborough on the scoresheet

Stretching: Jaanai Gordon-Hutton tries to get Peterborough on the scoresheet

Norwich manager Chris Hughton hailed
the attitude of his players, with Declan Rudd's only save coming in the
final minutes of the match.

He
said: 'Our approach to the game was very good, very professional from
the first minute, but of course you need to score goals to give yourself
a bit more of a comfortable time.

'I
think probably the pivotal time was at half-time because if they get a
goal back then it could be a tough afternoon but I thought we were very
professional from first to last minute.'

Snodgrass,
one of only three players retained from the loss to West Ham, was the
star of the show, setting up the first goal before applying a clinical
finish to a second-half break.

Hughton
added: 'He's a good player. I made the decision to make some changes.
Robert's one that I know can play games, he's a fit lad. I think he just
showed the form that he's been showing for us.

'He's
been playing consistently and has been adding some goals to his game
and assists. But I thought he was part of a really good all-round team
performance today.'

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.

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3 – Match report

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

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

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

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

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
time.

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

PUBLISHED:

17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

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

MATCH FACTS

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
placed.

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.

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4 – match report:

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4: Inspired Ince turns on style to put sorry Posh to the sword

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17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

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17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

Thomas Ince scored two and created another to propel Blackpool to a 4-1 win against lowly Peterborough at London Road.

Wes Thomas opened the scoring for the visitors before Ince, who provided the cross for the first goal, made it 2-0 from the spot.

Dwight Gayle grabbed one back for Posh, but goals from Nouha Dicko and a second for Ince sealed the points for Blackpool late on.

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

MATCH FACTS

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Rowe 58), Brisley, Little (Ferdinand 78), McCann, Newell, Knight-Percival, Thorne, Tomlin, Boyd (Swanson 55), Gayle

Subs not used: Day, Zakuani, Kearns, Gordon-Hutton

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Baptiste, Basham, Cathcart, Broadfoot, Gomes, Osbourne (Dicko 80), Ince, Thomas (K Phillips 87), Delfouneso (Angel 80)

Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Harris, Sylvestre

Referee: Webb

Attendance: 5,633

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Posh started the day rooted to the
bottom of the npower Championship after a dismal November, which saw
them beaten on five occasions as they picked up only a single point away
at Ipswich.

Blackpool were also looking to end a
winless run, with Appleton picking up four straight draws since starting
his tenure at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders took the early
initiative, with Craig Cathcart's header from six yards drawing the
first save of the match from Robert Olejnik after a decent free-kick was
whipped in from just outside the box by Ince.

They continued to press as Tiago Gomes blasted a speculative effort from 30 yards that went just over the bar.

But Posh fired Appleton's side a
warning shot shortly afterwards as George Boyd found himself clean
through on goal and his left-footed strike forced Matt Gilks into a fine
save with his feet.

Two minutes into the second half
Blackpool's Chris Basham picked up a yellow card for a foul on Mark
Little as Peterborough started well. It was his fifth booking of the
season so he will miss the trip to Crystal Palace next week.

Before long the away side began to exert themselves on proceedings again, taking the lead in the 51st minute through Thomas.

Ince, a constant threat, played a delightful ball from the left-hand side which Thomas met perfectly to send it past Olejnik.

Appleton's side had their tails up now
and their second goal arrived from the spot after Thomas was brought
down by Shaun Brisley in the 57th minute.

Ince stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and score in the bottom-left corner.

Posh came back at Blackpool, throwing
everything they had at them, and they were rewarded when Gayle pounced
on a back-pass from Alex Baptiste to pull one back in the 70th minute.

But any hopes of a comeback were
dashed 12 minutes later as Dicko slid in to connect with Angel
Martinez's cross and make it 3-1.

Blackpool were not done as Ince capped
off a fine individual performance with a superb strike from 20 yards
that sailed into the top-left corner.

Charlton 2 Peterborough 0 – match report:

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

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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

MATCH FACTS

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).

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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
later.

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.

Reading 3 Peterborough 2

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

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UPDATED:

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

MATCH FACTS

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.’