Fergie on a roll as Posh edge past Boro

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Wright To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

IT’S BEEN a good week for Peter­bor­ough man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son: first his side booked their place at Wem­b­ley on Mon­day and they fol­lowed it up with this hard-fought win at Steve­nage.

For a long time, how­ever, it looked as if the Johnstone’s Paint Tro­phy fi­nal­ists were go­ing to go home frus­trated thanks to some res­o­lute de­fend­ing by the hosts.

But in the end Nicky Ajose’s 76th-minute win­ner was enough to win the three points that con­sol­i­dates their play-off push but pushes Steve­nage closer to rel­e­ga­tion.

Fer­gu­son said: “This was a tough place to come, es­pe­cially af­ter Mon­day night and all the ex­cite­ment from that.

“In the end it’s taken a real qual­ity goal to win for us with a great cross from Mark Lit­tle and a great fin­ish from Nicky.

“They’re big lads and we didn’t want to just lump balls into the box, we had to put them in be­hind and that was a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of what we’ve done in train­ing.

“I’m de­lighted with the win and you get some games where you look back and you think, ‘that was a good one’, and this is one of those.”

Peter­bor­ough had the game’s first chance when Tommy Rowe’s cross reached Danny Swan­son, who con­trolled the ball well be­fore forc­ing a good save from Chris Day.

Ex-Steve­nage mid­field- er Michael Bost­wick soon tested Day again from 25 yards be­fore Luke Free­man came close for the hosts when he bent a free kick just wide of the post.

Posh con­tin­ued to press af­ter the break with Britt As­som­ba­longa hav­ing a shot su­perbly blocked by Steve­nage cap­tain Jon Ashton.

Dar­ius Charles was to waste Steve­nage’s best chance of the game when his rather ten­ta­tive fin­ish was kept out by Peter­bor­ough keeper Bobby Ole­jnik and he was to end up re­gret­ting it.

The break­through fi­nally came for the vis­i­tors when Ajose got in front of his marker to tuck in Mark Lit­tle’s dan­ger­ous cross from close range.

Steve­nage boss Gra­ham West­ley said: “Their goal came against the run of play – we’d had a very strong pe­riod of pres­sure where Dar­ius had a great chance and their goal­keeper has made a good save.

“Be­fore you know it, one long ball and they’ve got four at­tack­ers against our eight de­fend­ers, the ball man­aged to drop to one of theirs, get crossed by one of theirs and it’s in the back of our net.

“You couldn’t say that they had a sus­tained pe­riod of pres­sure where they took the game to us and in the sec­ond half we were the bet­ter team.”

STAR MAN DANNY SWANS

ON Peterbo

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