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Peterborough United 2-0 Colchester United

Britt Assombalonga who scored Peterborough's second goal

Peterborough boosted their League One play-off chances with victory over struggling Colchester.

Posh, on a high after winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory on Sunday, were in front when Tommy Rowe headed in Grant McCann's corner.

The U's rarely threatened, with Freddie Sears's blocked shot their best effort.

Danny Swanson should have doubled the lead but poked wide, before Britt Assombalonga raced clear for his 29th goal of the season.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson wanted Sunday's 3-1 win over Chesterfield at Wembley to be the catalyst for his side's push for promotion back to the Championship a year after relegation.

This victory puts them four points clear of the chasing pack for the final play-off berth, with a game in hand over the teams below.

Peterborough started confidently against a side with just one win in their previous six outings, with Tosin Olufemi clearing Shaun Brisley's effort off the line and McCann curling an effort on to the the post.

Posh finally took the lead when Rowe rose to head in McCann's corner midway through the first half.

And the U's, unable to register a shot on target all night, contributed to their own downfall when Assombalonga charged down a Magnus Okuonghae clearance and sprinted into the area to fizz a low shot past Sam Walker.

Colchester, who remain three points above the relegation zone, opened up more in the final 20 minutes, but Posh still made the better chances and McCann, Jack Payne and Assombalonga all went close to improving the scoreline.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31LittleBooked at 58mins
  • 14Rowe
  • 8Payne
  • 6Bostwick
  • 4Brisley
  • 36McQuoidSubstituted forIsgroveat 73'minutes
  • 11McCann
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 24WashingtonSubstituted forAjoseat 81'minutes
  • 7SwansonSubstituted forVassellat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Baldwin
  • 12Vassell
  • 13Day
  • 15J Anderson
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 21Ajose
  • 37Isgrove

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 23OlufemiBooked at 55mins
  • 3Dickson
  • 2WrightBooked at 34minsSubstituted forWrightat 69'minutes
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 22Gilbey
  • 25VoseSubstituted forMasseyat 61'minutes
  • 11Sears
  • 9MorrisonSubstituted forIbehreat 68'minutes
  • 6EastmondBooked at 36mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 16Wynter
  • 17Ibehre
  • 21Massey
  • 30Wright
  • 39Sesay
  • 40Szmodics
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
4,434

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Colchester United 0.

Attempt saved. Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United).

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Kyle Vassell replaces Danny Swanson.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Nicky Ajose replaces Conor Washington.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Hand ball by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Lloyd Isgrove replaces Josh McQuoid.

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces David Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Clinton Morrison.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 2, Colchester United 0. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Dominic Vose.

Booking

Mark Little (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves40269572254787
2Brentford39249662352781
3Leyton Orient402210872373576
4Rotherham392112673452875
5Preston402015556381875
6Peterborough39194166152961
7Swindon40169155853557
8Walsall401414124541456
9MK Dons40167175654255
10Port Vale40166185466-1254
11Sheff Utd391410154042-252
12Bradford401116135048249
13Coventry401611137069149
14Gillingham39146195163-1248
15Bristol City401016146263-146
16Crawley371113133946-746
17Oldham401111184355-1244
18Colchester401013174455-1143
19Notts County40124245469-1540
20Tranmere391010194769-2240
21Carlisle391010193961-2240
22Crewe401010204775-2840
23Stevenage40109214060-2039
24Shrewsbury40814183650-1438
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