Joe Ward wonder goal seals the points for Peterborough United

London Road Stadium
Peterborough vs Burton EFL League ONE

Peterborough United went into their league one fixture in good form, winning their previous two home games in all competitions. 

Darren Ferguson had to field a weaker side than the fans have been used to seeing, with top goal scorer Ivan Toney suspended, and Josh Knight and George Boyd both injured.

This meant that Posh youngsters Ricky-Jade Jones and Harrison Burrows made there EFL debuts, Ricky-Jade in good goal scoring form, having netted from the bench in his previous two appearances.

From the start, Peterborough did not seem to be playing their regular style of football, and Burton did a good job of keeping the top scorers in England at bay.

Burton appeared to be the stronger team in the first half, defending well, and making a number of useful runs into the POSH 18 yard box, thankfully for Peterborough United, Burton could not capitalize on these chances, and the teams went in at half time with the scores level.

The second half started in similar fashion, although Peterborough appeared to pose a larger threat on the attack in the second 45 minutes. A stunning volley from POSH captain Mark Beevers almost took the roof off of the stadium, but as the game drew to a close, neither side could find an opening.

Summer signing Frazer Blake-Tracey came on in a central role for the final minutes of the game, and just as the board went up for extra time, he timed a header to perfection to set up Joe Ward, hitting a stunning half-volley into the top right to win the game in the 90th minute.

The win was not comfortable, and some may say it was undeserved, but the players kept going right till the last and they got their reward. This shows the difference in mentality from previous years, with games like this often ending in draws last season.

The win kept Peterborough third in the table, and allows them to keep the pressure on the automatic promotion spots.

Peter Scholes
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