League One
Peterborough5Chesterfield2

Peterborough United 5-2 Chesterfield

Gwion Edwards
Gwion Edwards equalised with a stunner for Peterborough just before half-time

Play-off contenders Peterborough brought Chesterfield's revival to a halt with a home victory on an afternoon of spectacular goals.

Posh hit the front after just 25 seconds as Tom Nichols steered in a Paul Taylor cut-back, but they found themselves trailing to two deflected goals in quick succession.

Goalkeeper Luke McGee was wrong-footed as Ched Evans levelled in the 22nd minute before Liam O'Neil looped in his first Spireites goal from 25 yards.

Posh ace Gwion Edwards produced a stunning equaliser on the stroke of half-time when darting inside and launching a long-range blast past Ryan Fulton.

They restored their advantage in similarly classy style nine minutes into the second period when Taylor exchanged passes with Nichols before slamming home a first-time shot from just outside the box.

The same two men tormented Chesterfield again 10 minutes later with Taylor releasing top-scorer Nichols to bag his eighth of the season.

Michael Bostwick completed a rampant second-half showing from Posh with a typically thunderous blast from 20 yards with eight minutes to go.

Chesterfield's misery was compounded when defender Lawrence Maguire was carried off on a stretcher.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1McGee
  • 2Smith
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 4BostwickBooked at 63mins
  • 3Hughes
  • 8Forrester
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forOduwaat 88'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 18Da Silva LopesSubstituted forInmanat 83'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 21Nichols
  • 17CoulthirstSubstituted forMoncurat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Almeida Santos
  • 14Tyler
  • 16Inman
  • 23Chettle
  • 29Binnom-Williams
  • 30Oduwa
  • 38Moncur

Chesterfield

  • 12Fulton
  • 15O'NeilBooked at 12mins
  • 6Evatt
  • 23Anderson
  • 27MaguireSubstituted forDaleyat 72'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 5Liddle
  • 17Dimaio
  • 22SimonsSubstituted forAriyibiat 67'minutes
  • 29BeesleySubstituted forWilkinsonat 73'minutes
  • 26O'Shea
  • 9Evans

Substitutes

  • 4Hird
  • 20Dennis
  • 21Allinson
  • 24Wilkinson
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 30Morrison
  • 31Daley
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
5,120

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 5, Chesterfield 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 5, Chesterfield 2.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Attempt blocked. Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Attempt blocked. Conor Wilkinson (Chesterfield) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Nathan Oduwa replaces Gwion Edwards.

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

Booking

Bradden Inman (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bradden Inman (Peterborough United).

Derek Daley (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Bradden Inman replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 5, Chesterfield 2. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Moncur.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ryan Fulton.

Booking

Derek Daley (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Nichols (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Derek Daley (Chesterfield).

Attempt blocked. Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Smith (Peterborough United).

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

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

George Moncur (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Derek Daley (Chesterfield).

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Conor Wilkinson replaces Jake Beesley.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Derek Daley replaces Laurence Maguire because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Laurence Maguire (Chesterfield) because of an injury.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Chris Forrester.

Foul by George Moncur (Peterborough United).

Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. George Moncur replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Gboly Ariyibi replaces Rai Simons.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 4, Chesterfield 2. Tom Nichols (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Taylor.

Booking

Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe21135343202344
2Sheff Utd21125438221641
3Bolton20124424121240
4Bradford219932718936
5Rochdale2110383027333
6Peterborough2095633231032
7Fleetwood219573327632
8Southend218762928131
9Bristol Rovers218673337-430
10Wimbledon217863025529
11Charlton2061042619728
12Millwall208483232028
13Northampton217683130127
14Oxford Utd217682525027
15Port Vale217682632-627
16Gillingham207582932-326
17Walsall216872430-626
18MK Dons216692630-424
19Swindon2165102132-1123
20Bury2162133042-1220
21Coventry2147101828-1019
22Oldham203981222-1018
23Chesterfield2153132639-1318
24Shrewsbury2146112034-1418
View full League One table

Top Stories