Peterborough United 1:2 Leicester City
City ended the day with a four point lead over seventh place Blackpool after winning a scrappy encounter at Peterborough with goals from Steve Howard and Andy King…
Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side for the short trip to already relegated Peterborough.
Quite early on it became clear that we weren’t going to see an exciting game of free-flowing football, on a terribly bumpy pitch. The ball spent much of its time in the air either hoofed forward out of defence or in protracted games of midfield head tennis.
Chances were rare and the first one fell to Posh, but Green didn’t connect well with a shot and Weale saved comfortably.
At the other end a chance opened up for Gallagher but he fired his effort over the bar.
Torres then capped a fine run with a poor final ball and Berner cleared a Morgan header off the line.
It looked as though the sides would go in goaless at the break when City made a 40th minute breakthrough.
Wellens fed Howard down the right and the big striker sent a low shot beyond the reach of Posh keeper Lewis and into the bottom left hand corner.
Howard then had another chance just before the break but sent his shot over.
Peterborough pressed forward after the break with City sitting back. Mackail-Smith almost went clear but for a tackle from Brown and Hobbs had a busy spell heading several high balls clear. United’s pressure paid off with an equaliser in the 64th minute. Unable to get through the City defence Rowe simply ran round it, latching on to Wright’s through ball and placing the ball past Weale from a couple of yards out.
City soon made amends for this slack bit of work however. Three minutes later Gallagher sent over a hanging cross from the left, Morrison nodded it back across goal from the far post and a completley unmarked King had the simple task of heading over the line from two yards out.
Weale saved bravely at the feet of the impressive Mackail-Smith as Posh sought a second equaliser but City were not ot be denied the points.
With Blackpool losing at Newcastle City’s position now looked much stronger than it had at 3 o clock.
Nigel Pearson summed up: “It was a pretty ugly game, but all that matters at this stage of the season is picking up results. We managed to do that and people can make their own minds up about whether we deserved it.”
Peterborough: Lewis, Morgan, Griffiths, Bennett, Geohaghan, Torres (Wright 57), Lee, Rowe, Green, Simpson, Mackail-Smith. Subs Not Used: McKeown, Crook, Appiah, Mills, McCrae.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, Andy King, Wellens, Spearing (Oakley 86), Gallagher (Adams 86), Howard, Waghorn (Vaughan 62). Subs Not Used: Logan, Bruce, N’Guessan, Kermorgant.
Referee: G D Scott (Oxford). Attendance: 9,651.