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Peterborough   4 - 1   Walsall

Peterborough 4-1 Walsall

Peterborough 4-1 Walsall

Peterborough fought back from a goal behind to hammer rock-bottom Walsall.

The visitors took a surprise lead when Alex Nicholls headed home from Reuben Reid's cross.

Posh equalised before the break when Craig Mackail-Smith rifled home from 15 yards before heading the hosts in front after the interval.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who had looked offside, rounded Saddlers keeper Jonny Brain for 3-1 before Ryan Bennett headed in Grant McCann's corner.


Peterborough United boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:
"We started off very shakily, they deservedly got their goal and it took a big effort from us because we were lacklustre to say the least.

"But these boys are professionals and eventually they came out and performed and we got four goals.

"Craig Mackail-Smith's equaliser was massive for us and in the end my mum and dad will see the score, see 4-1 and say 'well done'."

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Monday, 3 January 2011

Npower League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Peterborough 4-1 Walsall FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Mackail-Smith 36
  • Mackail-Smith 71
  • Mendez-Laing 81
  • Bennett 90+4
  • Nicholls 10

Peterborough

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Little
  • 04 Langmead
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 11 McCann
  • 14 Rowe
  • 18 Whelpdale (Mendez-Laing 73)
  • 21 Davies (Wesolowski 79)
  • 26 Clayton
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 24 Tomlin yellow card (Bennett 84)

Substitutes

  • 23 Collis,
  • 16 Bennett,
  • 22 Ofori-Twumasi,
  • 07 Wesolowski,
  • 19 Mendez-Laing,
  • 31 Davies,
  • 33 Mills

Walsall

  • 01 Brain
  • 02 Westlake
  • 05 Lancashire
  • 32 Butler
  • 03 Lescott yellow card
  • 08 Richards
  • 12 Marshall
  • 18 Gray
  • 07 Jones (Paterson 84)
  • 11 Nicholls
  • 22 Reid (Macken 79)

Substitutes

  • 21 Bevan,
  • 04 McDonald,
  • 23 McGivern,
  • 06 Smith,
  • 10 Macken,
  • 15 Paterson,
  • 19 Grigg
Ref: CooteAtt: 5,517
PETERBOROUGH
WALSALL

Possession

  • Peterborough 49%
  • Walsall 51%

Attempts on target

  • Peterborough 11
  • Walsall 8

Attempts off target

  • Peterborough 6
  • Walsall 8

Corners

  • Peterborough 6
  • Walsall 7

Fouls

  • Peterborough 7
  • Walsall 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:36 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+4:23 Outswinging corner taken by Paul Marshall, clearance by Mark Little.
  • 90:00+4:12 Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Joe Lewis makes a save.
  • 90:00+3:14 Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the right by-line, the assist for the goal came from Grant McCann.
  • 90:00+3:14 GOAL - Ryan BennettPeterborough 4 - 1 Walsall A goal is scored by Ryan Bennett from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Peterborough 4-1 Walsall.
  • 90:00+1:09 Foul by Andy Butler on Gabriel Zakuani, free kick awarded. Joe Lewis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:46 Corner taken left-footed by Paul Marshall, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.
  • 89:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Butler by Gabriel Zakuani. Shot comes in from Matthew Richards from the free kick.
  • 88:44 Craig Mackail-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Oliver Lancashire.
  • 86:21 Craig Mackail-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darryl Westlake. Oliver Lancashire restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Mackail-Smith on Julian Gray. Jon Brain restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:27 Craig Mackail-Smith fouled by Andy Butler, the ref awards a free kick. Grant McCann takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:27 Substitution (Peterborough) makes a substitution, with Ryan Bennett coming on for Lee Tomlin.
  • 83:27 Substitution Jamie Paterson on for Steve Jones.
  • 82:15 Booking Aaron Lescott receives a caution.
  • 80:51 Assist on the goal came from Adam Clayton.
  • 80:51 GOAL - Nathaniel Mendez-LaingPeterborough 3 - 1 Walsall Nathaniel Mendez-Laing finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Peterborough 3-1 Walsall.
  • 78:58 Corner taken left-footed by Paul Marshall, Andy Butler takes a shot. Save made by Joe Lewis. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Marshall, clearance made by Gabriel Zakuani. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Marshall, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:04 Substitution James Wesolowski joins the action as a substitute, replacing Arron Davies.
  • 78:04 Substitution Jonathan Macken replaces Reuben Reid.
  • 76:52 Effort from outside the box by Reuben Reid goes wide right of the target.
  • 74:05 Lee Tomlin sends in a cross.
  • 72:56 Substitution (Peterborough) makes a substitution, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing coming on for Chris Whelpdale.
  • 72:34 Darryl Westlake produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 70:04 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Grant McCann. Grant McCann provided the assist for the goal.
  • 70:04 GOAL - Craig Mackail-SmithPeterborough 2 - 1 Walsall Craig Mackail-Smith grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Peterborough 2-1 Walsall.
  • 69:09 Arron Davies takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Andy Butler.
  • 68:35 Shot by Matthew Richards from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 67:30 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann, Darryl Westlake makes a clearance.
  • 67:13 Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Save by Jon Brain.
  • 66:22 Craig Mackail-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jon Brain takes the indirect free kick.
  • 63:39 Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Save by Jon Brain.
  • 63:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliver Lancashire by Craig Mackail-Smith. Jon Brain takes the free kick.
  • 61:13 Julian Gray produces a cross, Header from close in by Alex Nicholls misses to the right of the target.
  • 60:00 The ball is sent over by Tommy Rowe, Jon Brain makes a save.
  • 59:13 The referee blows for offside against Craig Mackail-Smith. Free kick taken by Jon Brain.
  • 58:39 A cross is delivered by Lee Tomlin, Oliver Lancashire manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:04 Paul Marshall takes a shot. Save made by Joe Lewis.
  • 57:52 The ball is swung over by Alex Nicholls, clearance by Kelvin Langmead.
  • 56:13 Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Mark Little makes a comfortable save.
  • 54:55 Lee Tomlin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 53:45 Arron Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jon Brain restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:39 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Oliver Lancashire.
  • 51:41 Andy Butler concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Whelpdale. Grant McCann crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 51:05 Craig Mackail-Smith produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 47:47 Unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Oliver Lancashire results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Arron Davies, Close range header by Gabriel Zakuani goes over the bar.
  • 46:07 Andy Butler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith. Shot on goal comes in from Grant McCann from the free kick, save by Jon Brain.
  • 45:17 Kelvin Langmead challenges Andy Butler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Butler.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:16 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+1:46 Shot by Adam Clayton from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 45:00+1:24 Arron Davies sends in a cross, Darryl Westlake makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:22 Matthew Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Clayton. Tommy Rowe takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:05 Effort from inside the area by Lee Tomlin misses to the right of the target.
  • 44:16 Corner taken by Paul Marshall from the right by-line, clearance by Mark Little.
  • 44:01 Paul Marshall takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
  • 42:17 Foul by Paul Marshall on Arron Davies, free kick awarded. Tommy Rowe takes the free kick.
  • 40:55 Paul Marshall takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Grant McCann makes a clearance.
  • 38:46 Chris Whelpdale produces a cross, Jon Brain makes a save.
  • 36:46 The assistant referee flags for offside against Reuben Reid. Grant McCann takes the indirect free kick.
  • 36:15 Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Save made by Jon Brain.
  • 35:26 Adam Clayton provided the assist for the goal.
  • 35:26 GOAL - Craig Mackail-SmithPeterborough 1 - 1 Walsall Craig Mackail-Smith grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Peterborough 1-1 Walsall.
  • 34:09 Steve Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Rowe. Grant McCann delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 33:28 Corner taken by Grant McCann from the left by-line, clearance by Andy Butler.
  • 32:40 The ball is swung over by Reuben Reid, clearance made by Kelvin Langmead.
  • 31:49 Centre by Steve Jones, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.
  • 29:41 Booking Lee Tomlin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 28:59 Adam Clayton takes a shot. Save by Jon Brain.
  • 28:22 Grant McCann takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Jon Brain.
  • 28:15 Arron Davies delivers the ball, Julian Gray manages to make a clearance.
  • 27:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Nicholls. Joe Lewis takes the free kick.
  • 24:36 Alex Nicholls crosses the ball, Effort from deep inside the area by Reuben Reid clears the bar.
  • 23:44 Grant McCann challenges Matthew Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jon Brain takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:30 Foul by Paul Marshall on Adam Clayton, free kick awarded. Adam Clayton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:03 Steve Jones produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Alex Nicholls goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 22:57 The ball is crossed by Matthew Richards, clearance by Kelvin Langmead.
  • 21:01 The ball is sent over by Darryl Westlake, Mark Little manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:59 The ball is crossed by Tommy Rowe, Jon Brain makes a save.
  • 18:11 Lee Tomlin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
  • 17:14 Grant McCann takes a shot. Save made by Jon Brain.
  • 16:21 Grant McCann fouled by Paul Marshall, the ref awards a free kick. Grant McCann crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Aaron Lescott.
  • 16:02 Julian Gray takes a shot. Save made by Joe Lewis.
  • 15:48 Darryl Westlake sends in a cross.
  • 14:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Mackail-Smith on Oliver Lancashire. Free kick taken by Andy Butler.
  • 13:02 Effort from outside the box by Reuben Reid goes wide right of the target.
  • 12:28 Matthew Richards is penalised for a handball. Jon Brain takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:23 The ball is sent over by Julian Gray, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.
  • 11:25 Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Save made by Jon Brain.
  • 9:31 Assist by Reuben Reid.
  • 9:31 GOAL - Alex NichollsPeterborough 0 - 1 Walsall Alex Nicholls grabs a headed goal from close in. Peterborough 0-1 Walsall.
  • 8:26 The ball is delivered by Darryl Westlake, Mark Little manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:26 Craig Mackail-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jon Brain takes the indirect free kick.
  • 5:42 Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
  • 5:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darryl Westlake on Adam Clayton. Tommy Rowe restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:26 Reuben Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Rowe. Joe Lewis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Npower League One table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Brighton 22 22 43
2 Southampton 22 17 37
3 Bournemouth 22 16 36
4 Huddersfield 23 7 36
5 Charlton 22 4 34
6 Sheff Wed 22 12 33
7 Peterborough 21 1 33
8 Hartlepool 21 -3 32
9 MK Dons 22 -4 32
10 Brentford 21 1 31
11 Colchester 21 0 31
12 Oldham 20 3 29
13 Notts County 21 1 29
14 Exeter 22 -7 29
15 Carlisle 21 5 28
16 Rochdale 21 3 28
17 Swindon 22 -2 28
18 Leyton Orient 21 -2 27
19 Plymouth 21 -4 27
20 Tranmere 21 -8 25
21 Bristol R 20 -13 22
22 Yeovil 21 -15 20
23 Dag & Red 21 -14 18
24 Walsall 21 -20 17


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