The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Scott Palmer

ASTUNNING break­away goal from Siriki Dem­bele helped pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Peter­bor­ough United beat Bur­ton Al­bion and close to within two points of lead­ers Portsmouth.

Mid­fielder Joe Ward’s de­flected opener af­ter 29 min­utes had the vis­i­tors in front be­fore Dem­bele’s fin­ish at the end of a swift counter-at­tack from a Bur­ton cor­ner dou­bled the ad­van­tage.

Al­bion halved the deficit on the hour mark through Jamie Allen.

Ward’s sec­ond goal of the sea­son had a slice of for­tune about it as his spec­u­la­tive long-range ef­fort took a size­able de­flec­tion to beat a wrong-footed Brad Collins in the Bur­ton goal.

United showed their con­sid­er­able counter-at­tack­ing threat just be­fore the hour mark as Ward in­ter­cepted a stray pass from Jamie Allen to send the speedy Dem­bele through on goal, the former Grimsby man streak­ing around Collins to fire home.

Allen made amends for his er­ror very quickly, fir­ing high into the roof of the net to halve the deficit af­ter Posh keeper Aaron Chap­man could only parry John Bray­ford’s rak­ing drive from 25 yards with Liam Boyce pounc­ing on the re­bound to set Allen up.

Chap­man en­sured vic­tory for Posh with ex­cel­lent saves late on to deny David Tem­ple­ton and Liam Boyce as Al­bion pushed for an equaliser.

“We showed two sides to our game to­day,” said Posh boss Steve Evans.

“For the first 60 min­utes or so we are so much in con­trol the only ques­tion be­ing why it took us so long to get the sec­ond goal.

“It’s a bril­liant break­away goal in­volv­ing Wardy and Siriki but then we go and give a silly goal away.

“We know Chapp­man should do bet­ter but where are our play­ers fol­low­ing in?

“Then we had to show a dif­fer­ent side to our game. This is a dif­fi­cult place to come. It is a team full of play­ers with Cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was a mixed per­for- mance. One of out­stand­ing plea­sure for the first hour and then we had to dig in, backed by our phe­nom­e­nal sup­port.”

Bur­ton boss Nigel Clough was left to rue his side’s slow start on the back of two lengthy away trips in the last week.

“Once we got go­ing af­ter 20 min­utes or so and we looked like we had got off the coach it was oneway traf­fic and we played some ex­cel­lent stuff,” he said. “We started knock­ing it around and the pat­tern was set for the rest of the game. They were camped on the edge of their box for long pe­ri­ods. “De­spite us cre­at­ing enough chances to win a cou­ple of games, we couldn’t quite fin­ish them.”

PIC­TURE: PSI/John Potts

STRIK­ING SIRIKI: Siriki Dem­bele is over­joyed at mak­ing the score 2-0 POSH PLAY: Joe Ward scores the open­ing goal for Peter­bor­ough

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