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Peterborough United 2-0 Colchester United

Britt Assombalonga who scored Peterborough's second goal

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.

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.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4026954787
2Brentford3924962781
3Leyton Orient40221083576
4Rotherham39211262875
5Preston40201551875
6Peterborough3919416961
7Swindon4016915557
8Walsall40141412456
9MK Dons4016717255
10Port Vale4016618-1254
11Sheff Utd39141015-252
12Bradford40111613249
13Coventry40161113149
14Gillingham3914619-1248
15Bristol City40101614-146
16Crawley37111313-746
17Oldham40111118-1244
18Colchester40101317-1143
19Notts County4012424-1540
20Tranmere39101019-2240
21Carlisle39101019-2240
22Crewe40101020-2840
23Stevenage4010921-2039
24Shrewsbury4081418-1438
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