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Chesterfield 0-1 Peterborough United

Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols joined Peterborough from Exeter on transfer deadline day

Debutant Tom Nichols scored the only goal as nine-man Peterborough United held on for a dramatic win at Chesterfield in League One.

Graham Westley's team took the lead in the second half through Nichols' flick before Michael Smith was sent off for a second yellow card.

Posh were further depleted when Ricardo Santos followed him 20 minutes later.

Chesterfield's Rai Simons and Dan Gardner had shots blocked as they looked to capitalise, but to no avail.

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Tom Nichols enjoyed a day to remember after joining Posh from Exeter City

Peterborough manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"They were sensational when we had nine men, backs to the wall. It was all about work ethic, desire, hunger, organisation and resilience - all the characteristics of a good side - and they showed them in abundance.

"We're not going to start talking about a play-off race because we just want to go up. The play-offs is one route up, we want to keep winning games and see where that gets us to.

"We started the day in 10th place, and that's not the best of positions if you want to talk about promotion. We've got a lot of work to do, we've got a lot of winning to do."

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 12O'NeilBooked at 77mins
  • 4Hird
  • 23Anderson
  • 19Donohue
  • 25TalbotSubstituted forAriyibiat 70'minutes
  • 2HerdBooked at 56mins
  • 5Liddle
  • 10O'SheaSubstituted forGardnerat 80'minutes
  • 9Ebanks-BlakeSubstituted forSimonsat 45'minutes
  • 11Novak

Substitutes

  • 7Gardner
  • 17Dimaio
  • 20Chapman
  • 22Simons
  • 24Banks
  • 27Maguire
  • 28Ariyibi

Peterborough

  • 1Alnwick
  • 2SmithBooked at 58mins
  • 12Almeida SantosBooked at 78mins
  • 8Bostwick
  • 50ToffoloBooked at 73mins
  • 33ForresterBooked at 52mins
  • 7Taylor
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forBeautymanat 60'minutes
  • 24AngolSubstituted forSamuelsenat 61'minutes
  • 39Coulthirst
  • 21NicholsSubstituted forZakuaniat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Zakuani
  • 16Beautyman
  • 18Fox
  • 26Henry
  • 28Coulibaly
  • 36Samuelsen
  • 42Nabi
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
6,544

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 0, Peterborough United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 0, Peterborough United 1.

Hand ball by Jon Taylor (Peterborough United).

Foul by Shaquile Coulthirst (Peterborough United).

Dion Donohue (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United).

Lee Novak (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Rai Simons (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

Attempt saved. Chris Herd (Chesterfield) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Martin Samuelsen.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

Attempt saved. Ben Alnwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Dan Gardner replaces Jay O'Shea.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Gabriel Zakuani replaces Tom Nichols.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Chesterfield) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ricardo Santos (Peterborough United) for a bad foul.

Foul by Ricardo Santos (Peterborough United).

Rai Simons (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jon Taylor (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Harry Toffolo (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Peterborough United).

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Gboly Ariyibi replaces Drew Talbot.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Ricardo Santos (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Novak (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ricardo Santos (Peterborough United).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Martin Samuelsen replaces Lee Angol.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Harry Beautyman replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton29193740241660
2Walsall29168547301756
3Wigan301510550292155
4Gillingham30167755361955
5Coventry29139748321648
6Millwall29145104738947
7Southend2913884135647
8Peterborough291351154411344
9Port Vale30127113435-143
10Sheff Utd2911994541442
11Bradford2811892932-341
12Barnsley28123134542339
13Scunthorpe28115123337-438
14Rochdale28107113739-237
15Bury27107103640-437
16Doncaster2999113539-436
17Swindon30106144247-536
18Blackpool2996142835-733
19Chesterfield2993173849-1130
20Shrewsbury2985163449-1529
21Fleetwood2777133437-328
22Crewe2968153050-2026
23Oldham27412112740-1324
24Colchester2957173668-3222
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