HOODOO IS OVER AS BEN HITS DOUBLE
Reeves the star as Posh pounded
M K Dons boss Karl Robinson said the hurt of failing to beat Peterborough since 2011 spurred them on to humiliate their promotion-seeking rivals and move to within two points of top spot.
And the victory was made even sweeter thanks to defeats for Bristol City and Swindon, which sees the Dons move five points clear in the automatic spots.
The game was won in the first 45 minutes thanks to Will Grigg’s early strike after just a few minutes, but it was Ben Reeves who stole the show with two stunning goals from 25 yards just before the break.
And Dons chief Robinson insisted his players were desperate to go out and claim their first win over their rivals in four attempts.
“I was a little worried about it because we haven’t beaten them for a while, and I think my players had a bit of anger in them because of that,” he said.
“I thought the team selection was absolutely right, and the intensity they played at was just unplayable at times.
“In some ways we probably played better in the second half because we had lots of chances to try and score even more goals.
“This is a big game for both teams. We had our stall set out early on and we knew what we wanted to do.
“My last words to the players were that we needed to win this one for the fans – this is the one they want to win.
“I don’t think any players in the dressing room have any energy left after that to be honest.
“To go 17 points clear of seventh is great and we’ve passed last year’s points tally already.
“I’ve asked my players to put the body on the line, and they’ve done that.”
The hosts were ahead inside four minutes after some clever work from Daniel Powell on the wing created space for a cross into Grigg, and the on-loan Brentford striker stroke home his 12th of the season from close range. Posh went close to levelling after 20 minutes with a long-range effort from Erhun Oztumer, but the crossbar saved Ian McLoughlin’s blushes in the Dons goal.
Reeves doubled the Dons’ lead on the stroke of 30 minutes with a low fizzing strike from 25 yards, which flew under the body of Ben Alnwick and into the visitors’ goal.
Midfielder Reeves bagged his second of the afternoon with another stunning long-range effort just before the break to send the Dons in cruising at half-time.
Samir Carruthers was forced to head clear off the Dons’ goal-line after 65 minutes when Jon Taylor’s corner was headed goalwards.
Carl Baker could have extended the Dons’ lead just before the 90th minute after Alnwick parried a shot into his path, but the former Coventry midfielder saw his effort trickle just wide.
“We’ve got all different emotions after that – the performance in the first-half I can’t defend,” said Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson.
“The goals we lost were awful and it could have been even more, but sometimes I have to protect my players in the public – but I’m struggling to defend that first 45 minutes.
“If we had performed like our fans we could have come away with three points because they were absolutely magnificent.
“We owe them an apology because that’s not acceptable for them and we desperately want to get back to where we have been before in terms of performances.
“We’re missing a clinical edge and that’s perhaps the difference between the two sides – this is the worst day we have had in games against Milton Keynes.
“I think that the consistency has not been there this season, but we’ll try and get enough points to try and achieve something this season.
“We have to take responsibility, the players get looked after really well at this club.”
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