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Peterborough United 4-3 Notts County

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.

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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

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Post-match: Posh boss Ferguson

"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."

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 13Day
  • 31Little
  • 3NtlheSubstituted forAlcockat 45'minutes
  • 8Payne
  • 4BrisleyBooked at 55mins
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 11McCannBooked at 33minsSubstituted forJ Andersonat 78'minutes
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forKearnsat 87'minutes
  • 21Ajose
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 7SwansonBooked at 17mins

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 2Alcock
  • 12Vassell
  • 15J Anderson
  • 16Kearns
  • 17Newell
  • 22Ephraim

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 24Freeman
  • 3SheehanBooked at 20mins
  • 22Fotheringham
  • 6Leacock
  • 5Smith
  • 7GrealishBooked at 45mins
  • 28Boucaud
  • 19MurrayBooked at 16mins
  • 9ShowunmiSubstituted forHaynesat 32'minutes
  • 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forAppiahat 65'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home20
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Mark Fotheringham.
Attempt missed. Kieran Freeman (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Jermaine Anderson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Daniel Kearns replaces Lee Tomlin.
Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).
Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).
Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.
Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Jermaine Anderson replaces Grant McCann.
Attempt missed. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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.

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.
Grant McCann (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).
Attempt blocked. Andre Boucaud (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Kwesi Appiah replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).
Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).
Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Sean Brisley (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).
Daniel Haynes (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.
Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient2617633257
2Brentford2617542156
3Wolves2615742252
4Preston261394948
5Peterborough2714310945
6Rotherham2612861144
7Walsall271197642
8Port Vale2612311-239
9Swindon2611411637
10MK Dons2610610336
11Coventry2612861034
12Colchester268108134
13Bradford267127633
14Gillingham279513-1032
15Crawley24798-530
16Notts County288317-727
17Oldham267613-727
18Carlisle267613-1927
19Crewe277614-2627
20Sheff Utd266812-926
21Shrewsbury276813-926
22Tranmere266713-1925
23Bristol City254129-324
24Stevenage266416-2022
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