Monday, November 24, 2014

Peterborough United 1 Swindon Town 2

Posh went into the game against Swindon a bit out of form and in recent weeks have slipped to 7th after a good start to the season, Swindon on the other hand went into the game in second place and were looking to continue to improve their promotion credentials.

Peterborough started off brightly enough, but goals have been hard to find of late and it looked like it was to be no different in this game. Mendez-Laing looked bright from the start, but the Swindon defence, and in particular Jordan Turnbull seemed wise to him. Aaron McLean, making his return to the club also went close early on, but it definitely didn't look like it was going to be the home team's day when Joe Newell was fouled by Swindon's Raphael Branco on 18 minutes in the area. It looked like a penalty to everybody apart from the referee and probably a few blinkered Swindon fans.

In fact at the start of the game it looked like Swindon were either very casual or were happy to play for a 0-0 draw with their goalkeeper Wes Foderingham looking slow to clear the ball. However, it was the visitors who struck first on 33 minutes when a low driven shot by Andy Williams went in off the inside of the post to put the Robins ahead. If Swindon had seemed casual and to have a propensity to time waste, this was only going to encourage them. In fact they went in at the break with their lead in tact and that had been after some very slow movement from Foderingham.

After the break the visitors extended their lead after only 2 minutes of play when Jonathan Obika steered the ball over the line. After this the game took on a bit of a pedestrian pace, Posh pushed, but Swindon who were content to sit back seemed to have the answers to Posh's relentless attacks, that disappointingly seemed to lack any real bite.

Posh did get a goal back in stoppage time when Newell finally found a decent shot, and if Jermaine Anderson had managed to keep his shot down a few seconds later, Swindon could have been made to pay for their relaxed attitude. Unfortunately, though the Robins went back to the West Country with all of the points.

Over the last few years Posh have been known for their high scoring games, but they need to find their shooting boots soon if they want to get back in a play off position.

New stand at London Road

On Saturday we went to Peterborough v Swindon at London Road. Swindon won 2-1, so at least we will get to see a team known as the Robins win one game this season.

The game was also remarkable for the fact that it was the opening of the new Moyes Road stand. We went in there and here are a few views from the new stand.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ely City 0 Ipswich Wanderers 7

On Saturday Ely took on Ipswich Wanderers and another abject performance saw them played off the park by a less than convincing Ipswich Wanderers. The home team went down 7-0 and were lucky to get nil. That's about all there is to say really.

Monday, November 10, 2014

London Road panorama

A panoramic view of London Road ahead of kick off between Peterborough and Carlisle.

A rainbow over London Road

After a downpour the sun came out at London Road in the game between Peterborough and Carlisle.

Posh goals from Saturday

Moments before Burgess got the equaliser for Peterborough against Carlisle.

Posh celebrate the winner in stoppage time with defender Burgess scoring again.

Peterborough United 2 Carlisle United 1

The FA Cup proper got underway on Saturday and we went up to London Road to see Posh take on Carlisle.

Posh from League 1 went into the game as favourites against League 2 opponents Carlisle, but at the start it looked like our curse would continue. On 8 minutes a defensive mix up saw Derek Asamoha put the Cumbrians in the lead when Ben Alnwick in goals for Posh shouted that he had the ball covered, but he didn't.

After the visitors took the lead Posh had all of the pressure, as Carlisle tried to hit them on the break. Jon Taylor and Mendez-Laing created some chances for Posh, but the Cumbrians seemed equal to the pressure. Posh finally got a goal back from a header from defender Christian Burgess just before half time.

Posh continued to pressure in the second half, but at the same time the visitors seemed to have them under control. Taylor and Mendez-Laing had further chances, but they didn't really panic the Carlisle keeper. In fact the visitors looked good on the break still and Alnwick had to make a couple of good saves. However, when it looked like time had ran out  Burgess converted with another header in the second minute of stoppage time to give Posh the victory and set up a tie away to Colchester in the next round.