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Stevenage 0-1 Peterborough United

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:

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Graham Westley

"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:

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Post-match: Posh boss Ferguson

"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."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 11AkinsSubstituted forDeaconat 45'minutes
  • 15Freeman
  • 29Hartley
  • 6Jones
  • 5Ashton
  • 14HeslopSubstituted forReidat 87'minutes
  • 13Parrett
  • 12ZokoBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBurrowat 87'minutes
  • 9Charles
  • 20Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 4Dembele
  • 10Burrow
  • 22Obeng
  • 23Reid
  • 24Doughty
  • 34Deacon

Peterborough

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Little
  • 20Knight-PercivalSubstituted forWashingtonat 49'minutes
  • 6Bostwick
  • 4Brisley
  • 22NugentBooked at 66mins
  • 7SwansonSubstituted forMcQuoidat 87'minutes
  • 11McCann
  • 21Ajose
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forJ Andersonat 89'minutes
  • 14Rowe

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 5Baldwin
  • 13Day
  • 15J Anderson
  • 17Newell
  • 24Washington
  • 36McQuoid
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
4,262

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Peterborough United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Peterborough United 1.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jon Ashton.
Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).
Jermaine Anderson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Josh McQuoid replaces Danny Swanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces Francois Zoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Craig Reid replaces Simon Heslop.
Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).
Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).
Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ben Nugent.
Attempt saved. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).
Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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.
Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).
Attempt missed. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).
Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Peter Hartley.
Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

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

Booking

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Mark Little (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Chris Day.
Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.
Hand ball by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).
Hand ball by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).
Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).
goal

As It Stood

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2Wolves3120743467
3Brentford3120652366
4Preston32161241360
5Rotherham3116961557
6Peterborough31164111052
7Walsall3212119647
8Swindon3213613645
9MK Dons3212713243
10Port Vale3213415-543
11Bradford329149541
12Gillingham3311517-1338
13Coventry3113810337
14Oldham3210715-837
15Carlisle3210616-1736
16Colchester2981110-235
17Sheff Utd309813-635
18Tranmere329815-1735
19Crawley268108-434
20Crewe329716-2434
21Bristol City3361413-832
22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Notts County339321-1330
24Stevenage307419-2225
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