Nicky Ajose scored the only goal as play-off chasers Peterborough beat League One's bottom club Stevenage.

The hosts paid for missing chances, as both Francois Zoko and Darius Charles forced good saves from Bobby Olejnik.

The decisive goal came after a curled cross from Mark Little found Ajose in the centre of the box, who shot low into the bottom-right corner.

Stevenage had a late equaliser disallowed as Charles was deemed to be offside as he pounced on a rebound.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"One long ball and the situation was four against eight - we had eight defenders to their four and the ball managed to drop to one of theirs, get crossed by one of theirs, find one of theirs and it's in the back of your net.

"After half-time we were by far the better side, if there was a side going to score it looked like it was going to be use. But it can happen when you're down there, you don't get the rub of the green.

"Credit to the lads, even after the goal they came back and produced the equaliser, unfortunately, we're splitting hairs again on a decision and the split of the hair went against us.

"Look at the footage, you see Darius come back out and his feet are in line, just onside, and the linesman sees it the other way."

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"It's a tough place to come. Especially after Monday night with all the excitement [in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy], I knew it would be a difficult game.

"It's taken a real quality goal to win it for us, a great cross from Mark [Little] and a great finish from Nicky [Ajose].

"I was delighted and it was a good finish. We could have scored more and we should have scored more but you take the win and I'm delighted with the win."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 11 Akins (Deacon - 45' )
  • 15 Freeman
  • 29 Hartley
  • 06 Jones
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Heslop (Reid - 87' )
  • 13 Parrett
  • 12 Zoko Booked (Burrow - 87' )
  • 09 Charles
  • 20 Smith

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 04 Dembele
  • 10 Burrow
  • 22 Obeng
  • 23 Reid
  • 24 Doughty
  • 34 Deacon

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little
  • 20 Knight-Percival (Washington - 49' )
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 04 Brisley
  • 22 Nugent Booked
  • 07 Swanson (McQuoid - 87' )
  • 11 McCann
  • 21 Ajose
  • 09 Assombalonga (Anderson - 89' )
  • 14 Rowe

Substitutes

  • 02 Alcock
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 13 Day
  • 15 Anderson
  • 17 Newell
  • 24 Washington
  • 36 McQuoid
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 4,262

Match Stats

Shots

10 15

On target

4 7

Corners

3 5

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +6:19 Full time

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

90:00 +5:32

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

90:00 +4:35

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

90:00 +4:35

Jermaine Anderson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:52

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Luke Jones.

88:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Jermaine Anderson replaces Britt Assombalonga because of an injury.

86:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Josh McQuoid replaces Danny Swanson.

86:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces Francois Zoko.

86:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Craig Reid replaces Simon Heslop.

84:38

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:38

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

82:39

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

82:39

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

81:08

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is too high.

80:33

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

78:50

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

78:35

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

77:57

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

77:57

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

75:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 0, Peterborough United 1. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Little.

74:14

Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

73:00

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

72:59

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

71:38

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

71:20

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

71:20

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

69:37

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

68:35

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:12

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

65:30 Booking

Booking Ben Nugent (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

65:25 Booking

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

63:38

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

63:23

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Chris Day.

63:07

Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

60:23

Hand ball by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

56:39

Hand ball by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

54:40

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

54:07

Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

52:03

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

52:03

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

48:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Conor Washington replaces Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

46:54

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

46:42

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

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Peterborough United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Lucas Akins.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

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

44:51

Attempt saved. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

43:52

Ben Nugent (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:52

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

42:48

Foul by Ben Nugent (Peterborough United).

42:48

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:54

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:54

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

39:30

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

36:04

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

34:34

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

34:34

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

31:27

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

30:39

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

30:39

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

29:21

Attempt saved. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

27:55

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

24:24

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:24

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

23:41

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

22:50

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

22:50

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

21:50

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

21:15

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:15

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

20:57

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

20:09

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

17:32

Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

15:28

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:28

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

13:52

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

13:52

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:26

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

13:26

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

12:18

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:18

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

7:44

Attempt missed. Peter Hartley (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

7:08

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

2:17

Attempt missed. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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