The FA Cup - First Round
PeterboroughPeterborough United2ExeterExeter City0

Peterborough United 2-0 Exeter City

Goals from Britt Assombalonga and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing saw Peterborough defeat Exeter and seal their place in the second round of the FA Cup.

Assombalonga scored from point-blank range after being picked out by Mark Little's delightful low delivery.

Debutant Hogan Ephraim then stylishly slipped the ball through to Mendez-Laing to secure their passage.

Assombalonga dragged two other chances wide, while Arron Davies forced Posh keeper Bobby Olejnik into a late save.

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Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"I thought we were patient the first half, maybe lacked a bit of quality but I thought for the whole of the second half we were very good.

"I think it typifies the problem at the moment where everyone expects us to win 6-0 when your first question says we didn't really get going until the 70th minute.

"They're a very good team, Exeter, fifth in League Two and a good footballing team. We just had to be patient and we had to produce a better quality in the second half to be fair and we've done that.

"I thought the second half we had a lot more life and energy and perhaps it was getting through to the players. There is frustration from people and I think you could see a release in them when we scored the first goal."

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale spoke to BBC Radio Devon:

"They (Exeter players) didn't look inferior to the opposition whatsoever, we just needed to pack a punch around that last third when we had our moment and we didn't quite make that happen.

"We conceded a rather feeble goal and if we're going to be a good side that can't happen too often.

"So I leave today unhappy with the result, unhappy with the way it transpired, but happy with the players individually.

"It's been a character of our away performances this season that we've looked to be conservative and then build our game, and you can see that from the substitutions we made."

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Little
  • 3Ntlhe
  • 6Bostwick
  • 4Brisley
  • 2Alcock
  • 7SwansonSubstituted forEphraimat 46'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 17Newell
  • 23BarnettSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 45'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaBooked at 37mins
  • 8PayneSubstituted forConlonat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Zakuani
  • 13Day
  • 15Anderson
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 22Ephraim
  • 32Conlon
  • 36Jeffers

Exeter

  • 1Krysiak
  • 4Bennett
  • 3Woodman
  • 14DohertyBooked at 23minsSubstituted forO'Flynnat 47'minutes
  • 5BaldwinSubstituted forNicholsat 77'minutes
  • 6Coles
  • 7Sercombe
  • 29Grimes
  • 25Parkin
  • 11Davies
  • 35GillSubstituted forWheelerat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 19O'Flynn
  • 20Nichols
  • 21Gosling
  • 22Keohane
  • 30Pym
  • 32Wheeler
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
3,379

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Exeter City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Exeter City 0.

  3. Post update

    Hogan Ephraim (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matt Grimes (Exeter City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Arron Davies (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

  9. Post update

    Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Tom Conlon (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Matthew Gill.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Peterborough United 2, Exeter City 0. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hogan Ephraim.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces Pat Baldwin.