Goals from Britt Assombalonga and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing saw Peterborough defeat Exeter and seal their place in the second round of the FA Cup.

Assombalonga scored from point-blank range after being picked out by Mark Little's delightful low delivery.

Debutant Hogan Ephraim then stylishly slipped the ball through to Mendez-Laing to secure their passage.

Assombalonga dragged two other chances wide, while Arron Davies forced Posh keeper Bobby Olejnik into a late save.

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Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"I thought we were patient the first half, maybe lacked a bit of quality but I thought for the whole of the second half we were very good.

"I think it typifies the problem at the moment where everyone expects us to win 6-0 when your first question says we didn't really get going until the 70th minute.

"They're a very good team, Exeter, fifth in League Two and a good footballing team. We just had to be patient and we had to produce a better quality in the second half to be fair and we've done that.

"I thought the second half we had a lot more life and energy and perhaps it was getting through to the players. There is frustration from people and I think you could see a release in them when we scored the first goal."

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale spoke to BBC Radio Devon:

"They (Exeter players) didn't look inferior to the opposition whatsoever, we just needed to pack a punch around that last third when we had our moment and we didn't quite make that happen.

"We conceded a rather feeble goal and if we're going to be a good side that can't happen too often.

"So I leave today unhappy with the result, unhappy with the way it transpired, but happy with the players individually.

"It's been a character of our away performances this season that we've looked to be conservative and then build our game, and you can see that from the substitutions we made."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little
  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 04 Brisley
  • 02 Alcock
  • 07 Swanson (Ephraim - 46' Booked )
  • 17 Newell
  • 23 Barnett (Mendez-Laing - 45' )
  • 09 Assombalonga Booked
  • 08 Payne (Conlon - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Zakuani
  • 13 Day
  • 15 Anderson
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
  • 22 Ephraim
  • 32 Conlon
  • 36 Jeffers

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 04 Bennett
  • 03 Woodman
  • 14 Doherty Booked (O'Flynn - 47' )
  • 05 Baldwin (Nichols - 77' )
  • 06 Coles
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 29 Grimes
  • 25 Parkin
  • 11 Davies
  • 35 Gill (Wheeler - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 19 O'Flynn
  • 20 Nichols
  • 21 Gosling
  • 22 Keohane
  • 30 Pym
  • 32 Wheeler
Ref: Graham Salisbury
Att: 3,379

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

8 2

Corners

2 1

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Exeter City 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Exeter City 0.

90:00 +3:50

Hogan Ephraim (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:50

Foul by Matt Grimes (Exeter City).

90:00 +1:58

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Arron Davies (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:44

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

88:29

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

88:29

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:01

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:24

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

85:24

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

84:10

Tom Conlon (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:10

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

81:32

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

80:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Matthew Gill.

78:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 2, Exeter City 0. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hogan Ephraim.

77:42

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

77:23

Attempt blocked. Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

76:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces Pat Baldwin.

75:00

Scott Bennett (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:57

Foul by Hogan Ephraim (Peterborough United).

72:52

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

71:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 1, Exeter City 0. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Little.

70:22

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:22

Foul by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).

67:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Tom Conlon replaces Jack Payne because of an injury.

67:19 Booking

Booking Hogan Ephraim (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

67:07

Foul by Hogan Ephraim (Peterborough United).

67:07

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:29

Attempt missed. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

60:43

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:18

Attempt saved. Hogan Ephraim (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:25

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Arron Davies.

46:39

Attempt saved. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

46:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. John O'Flynn replaces Tommy Doherty.

45:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Hogan Ephraim replaces Danny Swanson.

45:00

Second Half begins Peterborough United 0, Exeter City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Tyrone Barnett.

45:00 +1:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Peterborough United 0, Exeter City 0.

44:47

Attempt missed. Matthew Gill (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

43:00

Tommy Doherty (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:55

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

41:57

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

40:31

Attempt saved. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

36:49 Booking

Booking Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

36:41

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

36:41

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:13

Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:13

Foul by Matthew Gill (Exeter City).

29:03

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

28:21

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

28:04

Attempt saved. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

23:41

Hand ball by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

22:07 Booking

Booking Tommy Doherty (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

22:00

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:49

Foul by Tommy Doherty (Exeter City).

20:00

Daniel Coles (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:55

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

14:30

Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:30

Foul by Tommy Doherty (Exeter City).

13:26

Attempt saved. Craig Alcock (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

10:42

Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:42

Foul by Tommy Doherty (Exeter City).

4:04

Foul by Pat Baldwin (Exeter City).

4:04

Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:48

Attempt saved. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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