Peterborough boosted their League One play-off chances with victory over struggling Colchester.

Posh, on a high after winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory on Sunday, were in front when Tommy Rowe headed in Grant McCann's corner.

The U's rarely threatened, with Freddie Sears's blocked shot their best effort.

Danny Swanson should have doubled the lead but poked wide, before Britt Assombalonga raced clear for his 29th goal of the season.

A Britt of alright

Britt Assombalonga has now scored 21 goals in his last 31 games for Posh

Posh boss Darren Ferguson wanted Sunday's 3-1 win over Chesterfield at Wembley to be the catalyst for his side's push for promotion back to the Championship a year after relegation.

This victory puts them four points clear of the chasing pack for the final play-off berth, with a game in hand over the teams below.

Peterborough started confidently against a side with just one win in their previous six outings, with Tosin Olufemi clearing Shaun Brisley's effort off the line and McCann curling an effort on to the the post.

Posh finally took the lead when Rowe rose to head in McCann's corner midway through the first half.

And the U's, unable to register a shot on target all night, contributed to their own downfall when Assombalonga charged down a Magnus Okuonghae clearance and sprinted into the area to fizz a low shot past Sam Walker.

Colchester, who remain three points above the relegation zone, opened up more in the final 20 minutes, but Posh still made the better chances and McCann, Jack Payne and Assombalonga all went close to improving the scoreline.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little Booked
  • 14 Rowe
  • 08 Payne
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 04 Brisley
  • 36 McQuoid (Isgrove - 73' )
  • 11 McCann
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 24 Washington (Ajose - 81' )
  • 07 Swanson (Vassell - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Baldwin
  • 12 Vassell
  • 13 Day
  • 15 Anderson
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 21 Ajose
  • 37 Isgrove

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 23 Olufemi Booked
  • 03 Dickson
  • 02 Wright Booked (Wright - 69' )
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 25 Vose (Massey - 61' )
  • 11 Sears
  • 09 Morrison (Ibehre - 68' )
  • 06 Eastmond Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 16 Wynter
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 21 Massey
  • 30 Wright
  • 39 Sesay
  • 40 Szmodics
Ref: Darren Bond
Att: 4,434

Match Stats

Shots

16 5

On target

5 0

Corners

9 3

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +4:38 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +4:21

Attempt saved. Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:08

Attempt saved. Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

89:04

Foul by Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United).

89:04

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Kyle Vassell replaces Danny Swanson.

86:42

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

84:38

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

83:09

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

83:09

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

81:32

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

81:32

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Nicky Ajose replaces Conor Washington.

79:30

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

77:04

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

76:51

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

76:11

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

74:48

Hand ball by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

73:59

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:28

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

72:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Lloyd Isgrove replaces Josh McQuoid.

69:41

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

69:03

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

68:55

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:38

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

68:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces David Wright.

67:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Clinton Morrison.

64:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 2, Colchester United 0. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

62:06

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

62:06

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

60:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Dominic Vose.

57:51 Booking

Booking Mark Little (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

57:38

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

57:38

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:34

Attempt missed. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

54:55 Booking

Booking Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

54:43

Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:43

Foul by Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United).

53:17

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

51:36

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

51:36

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:01

Foul by Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United).

48:01

Freddie Sears (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:15

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

46:15

Foul by Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United).

45:00

Second Half begins Peterborough United 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

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

40:18

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

40:18

Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:12

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

38:12

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:36

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

37:05

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

36:54

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:40 Booking

Booking Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

35:33

Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:33

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

33:05 Booking

Booking David Wright (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

33:00

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

32:58

Foul by David Wright (Colchester United).

32:28

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Grant McCann.

31:57

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jack Payne.

31:44

Attempt blocked. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

25:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 1, Colchester United 0. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

24:52

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

23:56

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

23:56

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

21:09

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

20:42

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

19:49

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

19:01

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

19:01

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:11

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

15:27

Grant McCann (Peterborough United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

7:54

Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

6:31

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:33

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

5:33

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

4:07

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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