League One - 1st Leg
PeterboroughPeterborough United1Leyton OrientLeyton Orient1
By Chris OsborneBBC Sport at London Road
Moses Odubajo celebrates his equaliser with Leyton Orient teammate Lloyd James

Peterborough and Leyton Orient will go into the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final all square after a scrappy draw at London Road.

Britt Assombalonga headed in Mark Little's cross-cum-shot to put Posh ahead on 16 minutes.

Dean Cox had three chances to level before half-time, including a one-on-one saved by Bobby Olejnik.

The equaliser came when Moses Odubajo rolled in the loose ball after David Mooney's effort was saved.

Cox could have won it, but Olejnik kept out his near-post shot.

Russell Slade's Orient spent a large part of the season in the automatic promotion spots but, with just three wins in their last 10 games, had to settle for third place and a two-legged tie against Peterborough.

Posh have never failed in three previous play-off campaigns and are looking for an immediate return to the Championship.

The O's, who are now in their eighth consecutive season in League One, were inches away from an early lead when Kevin Lisbie's shot across goal eluded the toe of Mooney.

But Posh led, perhaps fortunately, when Jamie Jones parried Danny Swanson's shot out to Little, whose effort across goal was nodded in by Assombalonga, seemingly from an offside position, for his 33rd goal of the campaign.

Britt Assombalonga gives Peterborough a 1-0 lead against Leyton Orient
Britt Assombalonga scored his 33rd goal of the season to give Peterborough a first-half lead

Orient should have hit back, but Lisbie lost the ball under his feet during a goalmouth scramble and Cox missed a trio of chances; seeing his goalbound header blocked by Michael Bostwick after Olejnik had flapped at a long throw, failing to connect with a loose ball 10 yards out and then pulling a save from Olejnik from a tight angle.

Posh saw little of the ball in a second half low on quality but, despite Orient's possession, Assombalonga squandered a good chance on the break, firing straight at Jones, while Tommy Rowe dragged an effort wide.

The O's had been struggling to create openings but finally levelled with 18 minutes remaining when former Posh striker Shaun Batt headed down to Mooney, whose shot was parried by Olejnik into the path of Odubajo for a simple finish.

Cox pulled a superb save from Olejnik before Odubajo flashed wide, as Slade's side failed to grasp an advantage to take back to Brisbane Road for Tuesday's second leg.

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"We started off really well to get into the lead. When we were composed on the ball we caused them problems but on the day they were better than us.

"In the second half I thought we didn't keep the ball enough.

"If I was in their camp I would be thinking it was a missed opportunity. We've got a great chance now.

"Coming into this game, it was the one that slightly concerned me. I think the second leg will be far better suited for us away from home."

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

"I wasn't happy with their goal. Clearly Assombalonga has got the last touch in an offside position. For that not to be seen is very disappointing.

"Full credit to my team. We kept grinding away in the second half, we were dominate in patches and created chances all afternoon. Thankfully we got one in the end.

"I don't think being at home in the second leg has any advantage. There's no written script in the play-offs.

"It's no good wishing we're going to get to Wembley. Wishing never won anything. It's about that work ethic."

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Little
  • 3NtlheBooked at 90mins
  • 6Bostwick
  • 2AlcockBooked at 19mins
  • 5Baldwin
  • 7SwansonSubstituted forIsgroveat 71'minutes
  • 8PayneSubstituted forMcCannat 82'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 21AjoseSubstituted forWashingtonat 52'minutes
  • 14Rowe

Substitutes

  • 11McCann
  • 13Day
  • 17Newell
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 24Washington
  • 36McQuoid
  • 37Isgrove

Leyton Orient

  • 1Jones
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 2Omozusi
  • 4Vincelot
  • 6Baudry
  • 15Clarke
  • 11Odubajo
  • 24LundstramSubstituted forJamesat 70'minutes
  • 10Mooney
  • 9LisbieSubstituted forBattat 70'minutes
  • 7Cox

Substitutes

  • 3Sawyer
  • 8James
  • 12Larkins
  • 14Batt
  • 21Bartley
  • 23Dagnall
  • 29Ness
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
9,519

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Leyton Orient 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Leyton Orient 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Grant McCann with a cross following a corner.

  4. Booking

    Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by David Mooney.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

  7. Post update

    Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Cuthbert.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Leyton Orient. Elliot Omozusi tries a through ball, but David Mooney is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

  13. Post update

    Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Leyton Orient. Dean Cox tries a through ball, but David Mooney is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Batt.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. Grant McCann replaces Jack Payne.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Jack Payne (Peterborough United) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Cox with a cross following a corner.

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