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Peterborough United 1-2 Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood kept their automatic promotion hopes alive in League One with victory at Peterborough United.

A first-ever success at the ABAX Stadium moved Uwe Rosler's men to within four points of second-placed Bolton, who have a game in hand and face Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

Fleetwood took command in a first half they dominated, former Peterborough man David Ball laying on a simple 24th-minute opener for Bobby Grant before Ashley Eastham was left with a similarly easy finish three minutes from half-time after fine work from George Glendon following a quickly-taken corner.

It took hosts Posh an hour to pose any sort of attacking threat on a day where their last mathematical hope of making the play-offs disappeared.

Craig Mackail-Smith saw a penalty shout ignored after being clattered by Alex Cairns, but he fired past the Fleetwood keeper to halve his side's arrears in the 68th minute.

Mackail-Smith tapped home following a brilliant burst and low delivery from the left by Marcus Maddison.

And the striker came closest to snatching a draw when heading a Michael Smith cross straight at Cairns with seven minutes to go.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1McGeeBooked at 42mins
  • 2Smith
  • 4Bostwick
  • 3Hughes
  • 32Freestone
  • 42Grant
  • 23ChettleSubstituted forMoriasat 46'minutes
  • 18Da Silva LopesSubstituted forForresterat 54'minutes
  • 11Maddison
  • 38BorgSubstituted forTaylorat 82'minutes
  • 13Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 8Forrester
  • 10Taylor
  • 14Tyler
  • 16Inman
  • 21Nichols
  • 29Binnom-Williams
  • 37Morias

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 5EasthamBooked at 76mins
  • 6Pond
  • 37Davies
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 72mins
  • 11Grant
  • 18GlendonSubstituted forSchwablat 87'minutes
  • 34DempseySubstituted forBrannaganat 78'minutes
  • 3Bell
  • 10Ball
  • 22HunterSubstituted forBurnsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Brannagan
  • 9Burns
  • 14Davis
  • 15Nirennold
  • 23Woolford
  • 38Schwabl
  • 41Urwin
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
5,629

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Fleetwood Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Fleetwood Town 2.

Junior Morias (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Markus Schwabl (Fleetwood Town).

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Luke McGee.

Attempt blocked. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Anthony Grant (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt blocked. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Markus Schwabl replaces George Glendon.

Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United).

Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Paul Taylor replaces Andrea Borg.

Lewis Freestone (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Cameron Brannagan replaces Kyle Dempsey.

Booking

Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town).

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Lewis Freestone.

Booking

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

Foul by Anthony Grant (Peterborough United).

Cameron Brannagan (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Wes Burns replaces Ashley Hunter.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 1, Fleetwood Town 2. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Maddison.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Peterborough United).

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Anthony Grant (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Chris Forrester replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Andrea Borg (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Glendon (Fleetwood Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd432710683453891
2Bolton422310963352879
3Fleetwood4321121060411975
4Bradford431918658391975
5Scunthorpe4321101272512173
6Millwall4319131162501270
7Southend4319121268501869
8Rochdale431810156760764
9Bristol Rovers431712146262063
10Oxford Utd43179175852660
11Peterborough431610175857158
12MK Dons431413165453155
13Wimbledon431316145252055
14Walsall421316134952-355
15Charlton431118145252051
16Northampton43149205969-1051
17Gillingham431213185773-1649
18Oldham421115162942-1348
19Shrewsbury431211204460-1647
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale421112194466-2245
22Swindon431111214360-1744
23Chesterfield43910243970-3137
24Coventry43812233563-2836
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