Peterborough 1-1 Middlesbrough

A super strike from Paul Taylor earns Peterborough a hard-earned draw against Middlesbrough.

A super strike from Paul Taylor earned Peterborough a hard-earned draw against Middlesbrough.

The former Anderlecht striker hit a dipping half-volley with just nine minutes to go to secure a point for Darren Ferguson's side.

Boro took a deserved lead just after break when Matthew Bates headed home a corner from Tony McMahon.

Tom Kennedy hit the woodwork for Posh after a blistering run and shot from 20 yards before Taylor scored.

The game pitted the leakiest defence up against the meanest as Peterborough had let in 30 goals, while Boro had shipped 14.

Middlesbrough could have been ahead in the first half with both McMahon and Barry Robson firing just wide.

And it was no surprise when they opened the scoring.

Peterborough were undone when Bates was left unmarked in the area to head past Paul Jones.

The home side had to wait until the 64th minute to carve out their first real chance, when Jason Steele saved well from George Boyd.

Kennedy then struck the post with an excellent solo effort before Taylor scored his sixth goal of the season.

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