League One - 1st Leg
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Peterborough United 1-1 Leyton Orient

Moses Odubajo celebrates his equaliser with Leyton Orient teammate Lloyd James

Peterborough and Leyton Orient will go into the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final all square after a scrappy draw at London Road.

Britt Assombalonga headed in Mark Little's cross-cum-shot to put Posh ahead on 16 minutes.

Dean Cox had three chances to level before half-time, including a one-on-one saved by Bobby Olejnik.

The equaliser came when Moses Odubajo rolled in the loose ball after David Mooney's effort was saved.

Cox could have won it, but Olejnik kept out his near-post shot.

Russell Slade's Orient spent a large part of the season in the automatic promotion spots but, with just three wins in their last 10 games, had to settle for third place and a two-legged tie against Peterborough.

Posh have never failed in three previous play-off campaigns and are looking for an immediate return to the Championship.

The O's, who are now in their eighth consecutive season in League One, were inches away from an early lead when Kevin Lisbie's shot across goal eluded the toe of Mooney.

But Posh led, perhaps fortunately, when Jamie Jones parried Danny Swanson's shot out to Little, whose effort across goal was nodded in by Assombalonga, seemingly from an offside position, for his 33rd goal of the campaign.

Britt Assombalonga gives Peterborough a 1-0 lead against Leyton Orient
Britt Assombalonga scored his 33rd goal of the season to give Peterborough a first-half lead

Orient should have hit back, but Lisbie lost the ball under his feet during a goalmouth scramble and Cox missed a trio of chances; seeing his goalbound header blocked by Michael Bostwick after Olejnik had flapped at a long throw, failing to connect with a loose ball 10 yards out and then pulling a save from Olejnik from a tight angle.

Posh saw little of the ball in a second half low on quality but, despite Orient's possession, Assombalonga squandered a good chance on the break, firing straight at Jones, while Tommy Rowe dragged an effort wide.

The O's had been struggling to create openings but finally levelled with 18 minutes remaining when former Posh striker Shaun Batt headed down to Mooney, whose shot was parried by Olejnik into the path of Odubajo for a simple finish.

Cox pulled a superb save from Olejnik before Odubajo flashed wide, as Slade's side failed to grasp an advantage to take back to Brisbane Road for Tuesday's second leg.

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

Darren Ferguson

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Post-match: Posh boss Ferguson

"We started off really well to get into the lead. When we were composed on the ball we caused them problems but on the day they were better than us.

"In the second half I thought we didn't keep the ball enough.

"If I was in their camp I would be thinking it was a missed opportunity. We've got a great chance now.

"Coming into this game, it was the one that slightly concerned me. I think the second leg will be far better suited for us away from home."

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

Russell Slade

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Slade proud of Orient comeback

"I wasn't happy with their goal. Clearly Assombalonga has got the last touch in an offside position. For that not to be seen is very disappointing.

"Full credit to my team. We kept grinding away in the second half, we were dominate in patches and created chances all afternoon. Thankfully we got one in the end.

"I don't think being at home in the second leg has any advantage. There's no written script in the play-offs.

"It's no good wishing we're going to get to Wembley. Wishing never won anything. It's about that work ethic."

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Little
  • 3NtlheBooked at 90mins
  • 6Bostwick
  • 2AlcockBooked at 19mins
  • 5Baldwin
  • 7SwansonSubstituted forIsgroveat 71'minutes
  • 8PayneSubstituted forMcCannat 82'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 21AjoseSubstituted forWashingtonat 52'minutes
  • 14Rowe

Substitutes

  • 11McCann
  • 13Day
  • 17Newell
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 24Washington
  • 36McQuoid
  • 37Isgrove

Leyton Orient

  • 1Jones
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 2Omozusi
  • 4Vincelot
  • 6Baudry
  • 15N Clarke
  • 11Odubajo
  • 24LundstramSubstituted forJamesat 70'minutes
  • 10Mooney
  • 9LisbieSubstituted forBattat 70'minutes
  • 7Cox

Substitutes

  • 3Sawyer
  • 8James
  • 12Larkins
  • 14Batt
  • 21Bartley
  • 23Dagnall
  • 29Ness
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
9,519

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Leyton Orient 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Leyton Orient 1.

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Grant McCann with a cross following a corner.

Booking

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by David Mooney.

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

Attempt saved. Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Cuthbert.

Offside, Leyton Orient. Elliot Omozusi tries a through ball, but David Mooney is caught offside.

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Offside, Leyton Orient. Dean Cox tries a through ball, but David Mooney is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Batt.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Grant McCann replaces Jack Payne.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack Payne (Peterborough United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Cox with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lloyd James with a cross.

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 1, Leyton Orient 1. Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shaun Batt with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Lloyd Isgrove replaces Danny Swanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Lloyd James replaces John Lundstram.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Shaun Batt replaces Kevin Lisbie.

Offside, Leyton Orient. Nathan Clarke tries a through ball, but Kevin Lisbie is caught offside.

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

Attempt missed. Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mathieu Baudry following a fast break.

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

Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves463110558103
2Brentford46281082994
3Leyton Orient462511104086
4Rotherham46241482886
5Preston46231672685
6Peterborough46235181474
7Sheff Utd46181315267
8Swindon4619918466
9Port Vale4618721-1461
10MK Dons4617920-260
11Bradford46141715359
12Bristol City46131914358
13Walsall46141616058
14Crawley46141517-657
15Oldham46141418-956
16Colchester46131419-853
17Gillingham4615823-1953
18Coventry46161317-351
19Crewe46131221-2651
20Notts County4615526-1350
21Tranmere46121123-2747
22Carlisle46111223-3345
23Shrewsbury4691522-2142
24Stevenage4611926-2642
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