Sunday, November 27, 2011
Borough and Boro deadlock
Yesterday we went to London Road for the clash in the Championship between Peterborough and Middlesbrough. The first half was a bit of a disappointment. Middlesbrough are clearly a decent team and should be looking at a play-off place at the least. They were clearly the stronger side in the first half but they didn't really look like scoring, although Peterborough seemed keen to give them a helping hand with some shocking blunders in defence. That's perhaps a bit unfair as the Posh defence saw a lot of the ball in the first period with them unable to get the ball out of defence. Anyway, the half drew to an end with neither side scoring, which wasn't helped by a whistle happy ref.
The second half was a lot better, but it was Boro rather than Borough who scored first with Matthew Bates putting the visitors ahead with a header on 58 minutes. Posh fought back though and Boyd and Tomlin both came close only to be denied by Jason Steele in the Boro goal. Grant McCann had a go at several set pieces in dangerous positions, but it wasn't to be his day as most of the shots were off target with the closest him coming to the goal being a shot that hit the post. Borough finally got back into the match on 82 minutes when a superb shot from Paul Taylor flew in from the right to go into the top left corner of the goal. And that's how it finished 1-1, a bad first half, but a decent enough second half made good by Posh's never say die attitude.