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Report: Peterborough 1-2 Town

27 February 2016

SECOND-HALF goals from Nicky Ajose and Michael Doughty earned Town a 2-1 away day victory at Peterborough.

Having gone a goal down early on through Marcus Maddison’s penalty, the visitors struck through Ajose and Doughty after the break to clinch all three points at the ABAX Stadium.

Jamie Sendles-White kept his place on the right of a defensive three as Luke Williams made one change to the side that had beaten Blackpool the previous week. Louis Thompson replaced Drissa Traore in the heart of midfield with the Frenchman dropping to the substitutes’ bench. 

After an even opening, Marcus Maddison was sent tumbling in the box by Jordan Turnbull and the hosts were presented with an opportunity to open the scoring from the spot. Maddison picked himself up and picked out the bottom corner of the net, sending Lawrence Vigouroux the wrong way.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure with Michael Smith and Gabriel Zakuani both missing the target with their respective efforts while Jamie Sendles-White was in the right place at the right time to turn away a cross before Shaquile Coulthirst could tap the ball into an empty net.

Jon Obika headed wide and Fabien Robert dragged a shot off target before Nicky Ajose and Nathan Thompson forced Stuart Moore in the Posh goal into action. 

Vigouroux then produced a fine save to keep out Souleymane Coulibaly. The Posh winger had raced past Sendles-White on the edge of the box and rifled in a shot that the Town stopper did very well to get down to, fling out a leg and divert it away from goal.

Michael Doughty skewed wide at the other end as the visitors went into the half time break a goal down.

The Town boss made a change during the interval. Off came Sendles-White to be replaced by Drissa Traore, prompting a switch a four at the back with a diamond in midfield. 

The change seemed to spark Town into life and within four minutes of the restart, Doughty had been fouled on the edge of the area. The man of the moment, Nicky Ajose curled a sensational free-kick into the top corner of the net to draw the visitors level. 

Ajose would go close twice more from free-kicks in similar positions but curled one effort inches wide before seeing the other well held by Moore. 

Jon Obika then outmuscled two Posh defenders and charged into the box before flashing a shot across goal and wide. Meanwhile, Lawrence Vigouroux did well to hold a goal-bound header on the goal-line and Jordan Turnbull threw himself in front of Maddison’s shot as the home side rallied.

After seeing a goal chalked off for a foul in the build-up to the crucial header, the home side could have levelled through substitute, Tom Nichols. The former Exeter man somehow struck the foot of the upright when well placed in the middle. 

Despite the hosts almost finding the back of the net, it was Town who found a winner seven minutes from time. When a ball dropped to Michael Doughty on the left-hand edge of the area, he sweetly connected with a left-footed half-volley, sending it across goal and into the bottom corner to seal an away day win for Swindon.

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