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Peterborough United 4-3 Notts County

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport at London Road
Nicky Ajose

Nicky Ajose scored a hat-trick as Peterborough came from behind to beat 10-man Notts County.

Enoch Showunmi and Ronan Murray put the visitors 2-0 up after seven minutes.

Murray was then red carded for lashing out at Danny Swanson and Ajose fired in to pull one back, before Britt Assombalonga's header and Ajose's sweet strike gave Posh the lead.

Jack Grealish's deflected effort looked to have earned Notts a point but Ajose scrambled in the winner.

Former Manchester United youngster Ajose had not scored for Peterborough until the weekend after two and a half years at the club, but now has four in two games.

His late goal from Grant McCann's corner moves Posh up to fifth.

Notts showed the progress they have made under boss Shaun Derry, with this defeat ending a three-game winning run, but they remain a point above the relegation zone.

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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"We haven't been winning games and we won. That's what it's about at the moment - getting that belief and confidence back.

"The players showed tremendous character to come back from 2-0 down and the big blow of them equalising for the 3-3.

"That was back to the good old days. I was pleased to see it again."

Notts County manager Shaun Derry:

"I was absolutely delighted with the way we were always in the game.

"We approached the game with a plan and it worked an absolute treat. Under different circumstances I would have been a victorious manager.

"I am really disappointed for Ronan, but it's a learning curve and we are all on a learning curve here and we are learning very quickly. He's obviously thrown a punch. The officials don't get things like that wrong.

"At 3-3 I thought we were coming away with a fantastic point. Regardless of only having 10 men it was a disappointing fourth goal that we conceded and we couldn't recover from it."

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 13Day
  • 31Little
  • 3NtlheSubstituted forAlcockat 45'minutes
  • 8Payne
  • 4BrisleyBooked at 55mins
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 11McCannBooked at 33minsSubstituted forAndersonat 78'minutes
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forKearnsat 87'minutes
  • 21Ajose
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 7SwansonBooked at 17mins

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 2Alcock
  • 12Vassell
  • 15Anderson
  • 16Kearns
  • 17Newell
  • 22Ephraim

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 24Freeman
  • 3SheehanBooked at 20mins
  • 22Fotheringham
  • 6Leacock
  • 5Smith
  • 7GrealishBooked at 45mins
  • 28Boucaud
  • 19MurrayBooked at 16mins
  • 9ShowunmiSubstituted forHaynesat 32'minutes
  • 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forAppiahat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Haynes
  • 15Appiah
  • 21Thompson
  • 25Tempest
  • 26Hollis
  • 35Pilkington
  • 38Ball
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
4,511

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home20
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Mark Fotheringham.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Freeman (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. Daniel Kearns replaces Lee Tomlin.

  10. Post update

    Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

  13. Post update

    Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Peterborough United 4, Notts County 3. Nicholas Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. Jermaine Anderson replaces Grant McCann.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient26176356243257
2Brentford26175445242156
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2613943627948
5Peterborough27143104435945
6Rotherham26128645341144
7Walsall2711973024642
8Port Vale26123113739-239
9Swindon26114114236637
10MK Dons26106104138336
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2795133545-1032
15Crawley247982732-530
16Notts County2883173643-727
17Oldham2676132734-727
18Carlisle2676132847-1927
19Crewe2776142753-2627
20Sheff Utd2668122635-926
21Shrewsbury2768132635-926
22Tranmere2667132948-1925
23Bristol City2541293639-324
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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