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.

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