SMITH’S RAVENS SEE RED!
ACONTENTIOUS red card on the stroke of half-time left Bromley rueing what might have been as their goal advantage was extinguished by a classy Peterborough United.
Roger Johnson had Bromley dreaming of an upset after heading home Frankie Sutherland’s free-kick five minutes before the interval.
However, Frankie Raymond’s sending-off followed by a Matt Godden double and a Joe Ward effort in the final five minutes saw Peterborough safely into the next round.
Ravens manager Neil Smith was in no doubt about the turning point of the game, saying: “Up until the sending-off, we had done everything we planned.
“We had the opening goal and just needed to get to half-time with 11 men and set ourselves up again for the second.
“The free-kick we gave away was needless and the red card made it worse.”
Despite Peterborough dominating possession and creating several openings, they failed to demonstrate an end product in a frusNaismith’s trating first half. Godden had a header saved by David Gregory and Jason Cummings broke the off-side trap only to shoot straight at the Bromley keeper. The Posh were made to pay for those wasted opportunities when Johnson headed home Sutherland’s freekick, although Aaron Chapman’s misjudgement played a key role. With the board up for first half injurytime, a clash on the far touchline between Raymond and George Cooper saw referee Kevin Johnson immediately issue a red card, although Cooper appeared to make a lot of the incident.
From the resulting free-kick, an unmarked Matt Godden expertly volleyed into the top corner from ten yards out to change the complexion of the game.
With a man advantage Peterborough, in truth, made easy work of the second half bossing possession and nullifying any Bromley threat
Godden got his and Peterborough’s second ten minutes after the restart, sweeping home Jason cross, and with Bromley unable to mount any attacks of real consequence Peterborough made the game safe four minutes from time – a fine onetouch move started and ended by Ward as the winger slotted past Gregory to seal the win.
Posh manager Steve Evans felt the win was no more than his side deserved: “Aside from Bromley’s goal I thought we dominated the game. I thought some of our play in the second half was special to watch.”
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