Stevenage winger Lucas Akins's first-half goal condemned Peterborough, without top-scorer Britt Asombalonga, to a fourth successive defeat.

Akins curled home from 20 yards midway through the first half before Hogan Ephraim almost equalised, his close-range shot well saved by Chris Day.

Stevenage played the final 30 minutes without Jimmy Smith, who was dismissed for two bookable offences.

And they held on despite Posh skipper Tommy Rowe's volley clipping the bar.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC 3CR:

"I thought we got what we deserved. We came with a strong game plan, and got on the front foot. Certainly when we went down to 10 men it was a back-footed performance that we had to put in, but very disciplined, very hard working and a thoroughly deserved three points.

"We took the game to them. We were the side that looked likely. There was a moment or two for them, but we were the dominant force."

On Jimmy Smith's red card: "I thought it was fair enough. I think the first yellow, you can't have any arguments, and then he stepped across the line for the second. I think the two yellows were probably deserved by him.

"They got themselves into a position where I think the referee was under a lot of pressure. The referee under that pressure was allowing things to go."

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (5)

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little (Barnett - 70' )
  • 14 Rowe
  • 08 Payne
  • 02 Alcock (Ntlhe - 29' )
  • 05 Zakuani Booked
  • 10 Tomlin Booked
  • 12 Vassell (Jeffers - 71' )
  • 22 Ephraim
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
  • 06 Bostwick

Substitutes

  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 07 Swanson
  • 11 McCann
  • 13 Day
  • 15 Anderson
  • 23 Barnett
  • 36 Jeffers

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 20 Smith Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 11 Akins
  • 07 Morais Booked (Gray - 68' )
  • 06 Jones Booked
  • 05 Ashton Booked
  • 15 Freeman
  • 12 Zoko Booked
  • 29 Hartley
  • 24 Doughty Booked (Wedgbury - 80' )
  • 14 Heslop

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 10 Burrow
  • 17 Tansey
  • 22 Gray
  • 25 Andrade
  • 34 Deacon
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 5,707

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

2 3

Corners

3 4

Fouls

17 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Peterborough United 0, Stevenage 1.

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Peterborough United 0, Stevenage 1.

90:00 +4:57

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

90:00 +4:39

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +4:39

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

90:00 +2:41

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Luke Jones.

90:00 +1:55

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

90:00 +1:55

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage).

89:48

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:19

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

86:19

Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:39

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

82:39

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:44

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

80:44

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Sam Wedgbury replaces Michael Doughty.

77:11

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

77:11

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:50

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

71:32 Booking

Booking Jon Ashton (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

71:26

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

71:26

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

70:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Shaun Jeffers replaces Kyle Vassell.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Tyrone Barnett replaces Mark Little.

69:39 Booking

Booking Francois Zoko (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

69:18

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

69:18

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. David Gray replaces Filipe Morais.

67:17

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United).

67:17

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:10 Booking

Booking Filipe Morais (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

64:30

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

63:47 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

63:40

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

63:40

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

63:00

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:59

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

60:48

Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

60:09

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

60:09

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:55

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

56:30

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:46

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:46

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

54:20

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United).

54:20

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:53 Booking

Booking Luke Jones (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

51:47

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

51:47

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

49:19

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

47:00

Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:56

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

46:29

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Little.

45:00

Second Half begins Peterborough United 0, Stevenage 1.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Peterborough United 0, Stevenage 1.

45:00 +1:27

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

45:00 +1:05

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00 +0:25

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

45:00 +0:25

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

45:00 +0:01

Attempt missed. Mark Little (Peterborough United) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right.

43:51 Booking

Booking Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

43:47

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:47

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

40:51

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

40:51

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:05

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

40:05

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:32 Booking

Booking Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

38:27

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:27

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

36:00

Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:59

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

34:33

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Chris Day.

34:10

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

33:21

Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:21

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

30:45

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

30:45

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Kgosi Ntlhe replaces Craig Alcock because of an injury.

28:23

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

28:23

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:11

Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:11

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

24:08

Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:08

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

23:08

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

22:09

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United).

22:09

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:37

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

21:16

Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:16

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

20:51

Attempt missed. Craig Alcock (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

19:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 0, Stevenage 1. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

12:21 Booking

Booking Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

12:13

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

12:13

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:26

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

10:26

Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:04

Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:22

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

7:28

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:28

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

4:46 Booking

Booking Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

3:40

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:40

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United).

1:51

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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