Nicky Ajose scored a hat-trick as Peterborough came from behind to beat 10-man Notts County.

Enoch Showunmi and Ronan Murray put the visitors 2-0 up after seven minutes.

Murray was then red carded for lashing out at Danny Swanson and Ajose fired in to pull one back, before Britt Assombalonga's header and Ajose's sweet strike gave Posh the lead.

Jack Grealish's deflected effort looked to have earned Notts a point but Ajose scrambled in the winner.

Former Manchester United youngster Ajose had not scored for Peterborough until the weekend after two and a half years at the club, but now has four in two games.

His late goal from Grant McCann's corner moves Posh up to fifth.

Notts showed the progress they have made under boss Shaun Derry, with this defeat ending a three-game winning run, but they remain a point above the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"We haven't been winning games and we won. That's what it's about at the moment - getting that belief and confidence back.

"The players showed tremendous character to come back from 2-0 down and the big blow of them equalising for the 3-3.

"That was back to the good old days. I was pleased to see it again."

Notts County manager Shaun Derry:

"I was absolutely delighted with the way we were always in the game.

"We approached the game with a plan and it worked an absolute treat. Under different circumstances I would have been a victorious manager.

"I am really disappointed for Ronan, but it's a learning curve and we are all on a learning curve here and we are learning very quickly. He's obviously thrown a punch. The officials don't get things like that wrong.

"At 3-3 I thought we were coming away with a fantastic point. Regardless of only having 10 men it was a disappointing fourth goal that we conceded and we couldn't recover from it."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Peterborough United

  • 13 Day
  • 31 Little
  • 03 Ntlhe (Alcock - 45' )
  • 08 Payne
  • 04 Brisley Booked
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 11 McCann Booked (Anderson - 78' )
  • 10 Tomlin (Kearns - 87' )
  • 21 Ajose
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 07 Swanson Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 02 Alcock
  • 12 Vassell
  • 15 Anderson
  • 16 Kearns
  • 17 Newell
  • 22 Ephraim

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 24 Freeman
  • 03 Sheehan Booked
  • 22 Fotheringham
  • 06 Leacock
  • 05 Smith
  • 07 Grealish Booked
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 19 Murray Dismissed
  • 09 Showunmi (Haynes - 32' )
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce (Appiah - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Haynes
  • 15 Appiah
  • 21 Thompson
  • 25 Tempest
  • 26 Hollis
  • 35 Pilkington
  • 38 Ball
Ref: Dean Whitestone
Att: 4,511

Match Stats

Shots

20 13

On target

8 7

Corners

9 2

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3.

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3.

90:00 +3:25

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Mark Fotheringham.

90:00 +1:04

Attempt missed. Kieran Freeman (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

89:52

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

89:08

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:33

Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:33

Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

86:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Daniel Kearns replaces Lee Tomlin.

86:16

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:16

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

85:09

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

85:09

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

83:33

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

83:07

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

81:04

Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:29

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

78:08

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

77:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Jermaine Anderson replaces Grant McCann.

76:40

Attempt missed. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

75:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 3, Notts County 3. Jack Grealish (Notts County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner.

73:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 3, Notts County 2. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

71:36

Grant McCann (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:36

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

69:00

Attempt blocked. Andre Boucaud (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

64:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Kwesi Appiah replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce because of an injury.

62:22

Attempt missed. Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

61:18

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

61:18

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:53

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

58:53

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:03

Attempt saved. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:44

Attempt missed. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

54:29 Booking

Booking Sean Brisley (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

54:24

Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).

54:24

Daniel Haynes (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 2, Notts County 2. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Knight-Percival with a cross.

51:53

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

50:25

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:52

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

48:05

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

48:05

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:43

Attempt missed. Mark Little (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Peterborough United 1, Notts County 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Craig Alcock replaces Kgosi Ntlhe.

45:00 +4:47 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Notts County 2.

45:00 +4:00

Manny Smith (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +3:57

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

45:00 +2:17 Booking

Booking Jack Grealish (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:21

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

44:37

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

41:44

Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:44

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

41:29

Attempt saved. Daniel Haynes (Notts County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner.

38:25

Attempt missed. Andre Boucaud (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

37:52

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

37:52

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:29

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

36:29

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:52

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

34:55

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

34:55

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:32

Attempt saved. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

34:13

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Joe Day.

33:56

Attempt saved. Daniel Haynes (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

32:52 Booking

Booking Grant McCann (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

32:42

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

32:42

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Daniel Haynes replaces Enoch Showunmi.

31:33

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

31:33

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

30:41

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

30:41

Manny Smith (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:12

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

30:12

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 1, Notts County 2. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Little with a cross.

27:58

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

27:46

Sean Brisley (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:46

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

27:31

Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:04

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

26:45

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

26:45

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

26:15

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

25:42

Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

25:42

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

24:28

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

22:00

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

19:50 Booking

Booking Alan Sheehan (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

19:49

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

19:49

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

18:52

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

16:38 Booking

Booking Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

15:31 Dismissal

Dismissal Ronan Murray (Notts County) is shown the red card for fighting.

12:21

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

12:04

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

12:04

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Notts County).

9:56

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:56

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

9:15

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

9:15

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:53

Attempt saved. Ronan Murray (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:10

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:00

Attempt blocked. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

6:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 0, Notts County 2. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Freeman with a cross.

3:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 0, Notts County 1. Enoch Showunmi (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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