Peterborough United strengthened their grip on a League One play-off spot by plunging Crewe deeper into trouble.

Chuks Aneke curled a superb shot into the far corner for Crewe's opener.

Britt Assombalonga levelled from the spot after Harry Davis pulled back Conor Washington, before Nicky Ajose finished a slick counter-attack.

Aneke hauled Crewe level when stylishly slotting past Bobby Olejnik, but Danny Swanson rifled Posh ahead before Washington fired home for 4-2.

It topped a good day for Washington, who notched his first ever Posh goal and created two others.

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"Yeah it was entertaining. I think everyone would probably go home feeling entertained, a bit more like the Posh as we're known - to score goals. I thought we should have got more than four.

"I thought we started the game very well and I think their first shot at goal becomes a sloppy goal. You can't let people turn and get shots in like that, though it was a good finish by the boy.

"The pitch is a lot better today but the better areas are certainly wide and I think I'm taking that into consideration when I'm picking teams and I think we used our width at times very well.

"What we've seen today was a lot of good football, a lot of good attacking football which was pleasing and I'm sure everyone's gone home entertained."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little
  • 14 Rowe
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 04 Brisley
  • 22 Nugent
  • 07 Swanson Booked
  • 11 McCann
  • 24 Washington
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 21 Ajose

Substitutes

  • 02 Alcock
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 08 Payne
  • 13 Day
  • 15 Anderson
  • 17 Newell
  • 36 McQuoid

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 02 Tootle
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 42 Grant
  • 04 Davis
  • 05 Ellis
  • 31 Park (Ikpeazu - 73' )
  • 22 Evans (Oliver - 86' )
  • 09 Pogba
  • 26 Aneke
  • 29 Waters (Moore - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 11 Moore
  • 18 Nolan
  • 19 Oliver
  • 30 Ikpeazu
Ref: Gary Sutton
Att: 5,109

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

6 3

Corners

2 0

Fouls

18 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Peterborough United 4, Crewe Alexandra 2.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Peterborough United 4, Crewe Alexandra 2.

90:00 +1:49

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

90:00 +0:36

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

89:45

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is too high.

87:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 4, Crewe Alexandra 2. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

86:16

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

85:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces George Evans.

84:00

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:56

Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

82:28

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

82:28

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

81:37

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Chukwuemeka Aneke.

80:49

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

80:49

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

80:15

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

76:00

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

75:59

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

75:12

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:12

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

73:16

Foul by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

73:16

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Cameron Park.

71:27

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

71:27

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

70:25

Attempt missed. Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

69:46

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

69:46

Cameron Park (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:16

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

69:16

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:49

Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).

64:49

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:08

Hand ball by Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United).

63:09

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:09

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

62:39

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

59:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 3, Crewe Alexandra 2. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Washington.

57:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 2, Crewe Alexandra 2. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mathias Pogba.

55:44

Attempt missed. Cameron Park (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

54:10

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

53:15

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

52:19

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

52:19

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

51:33 Booking

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

51:23

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

51:23

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:44

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

50:44

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:14

Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).

49:14

George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:17

Foul by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

47:17

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:28

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

46:28

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Peterborough United 2, Crewe Alexandra 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Billy Waters.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Crewe Alexandra 1.

45:00 +1:11

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

45:00 +1:11

Foul by Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra).

45:00 +0:36

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

45:00 +0:36

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:46

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

44:46

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:04

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

40:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 2, Crewe Alexandra 1. Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Swanson.

40:16

Attempt blocked. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

39:38

Foul by Ben Nugent (Peterborough United).

39:38

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:48

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

37:48

Foul by Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra).

36:33

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) hits the right post with a header from very close range.

34:32

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

34:21

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

33:02

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

33:02

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:06

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

32:06

Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

27:02

Foul by Ben Nugent (Peterborough United).

27:02

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:23

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

21:23

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:09

Hand ball by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

16:49

Foul by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

16:49

Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:54

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

14:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

14:12

Penalty Peterborough United. Conor Washington draws a foul in the penalty area.

14:12

Penalty conceded by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) after a foul in the penalty area.

12:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Billy Waters.

11:34

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

11:34

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:32

Attempt saved. Cameron Park (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

3:53

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside 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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