Late Winner Sinks Derby
Attendance: 9, 666
Peterborough United came from two goals down to claim all three points with a 3-2 victory over Derby County on the back of a Grant McCann winner in injury time. Theo Robinson struck twice in four first-half minutes to and should have completed his hattrick but he blazed over the top after being played clean through by Jamie Ward. The home side punished Robinson for the miss when they pulled one back before the break and were level six minutes into the second half after a mistake by Jason Shackell ended with Tommy Rowe poking the ball past Frank Fielding to equalise. The game could have gone either way on the closing stages with both sides applying pressure but it was McCann`s fierce left-footed effort that capped the comeback for Peterborough in time added on to give his side the victory.
Jake Buxton and Conor Doyle came in for their first starts of the season as Nigel Clough made four changes to the side with Mark O`Brien and Theo Robinson also returning to the side after injury. Mason Bennett was named on the bench again and there was also a place for 16-year-old Will Hughes amongst the substitutes. Derby came out of the blocks quickly and Theo Robinson dragged a short just wide from a promising position when played in by Jamie Ward who had moved into the front two to make way for Doyle. Peterborough forced their way back into the match although it wasn`t until the twentieth minute that Frank Fielding was forced into action turning away a fierce drive from George Boyd.
Derby took the lead on twenty-eight minutes with another sweeping move, Jeff Hendrick found Ben Davies down the left and his inviting ball into the area was squared by O`Brien into the path of Robinson who tapped home from close range. The frontman doubled his tally four minutes later when Ward played him clear on goal and he stroked the ball home for his sixth goal of the season. The same player should have completed his hattrick when another ball over the top released him on goal again but he blazed over the top to waste the chance. Peterborough pulled one back before the break when Paul Taylor lashed home a loose ball inside the box on thirty-seven minutes and the home side had a period of pressure without calling Fielding into action again.
Peterborough carried out where they left off at the beginning of the second half and levelled the scores six minutes in when Tommy Rowe powered his way into the area and poked the ball beyond Fielding. The home side continued to apply the pressure although it was not all one way traffic with Doyle brining a save from Paul Jones in goal with a close range header and long range effort from Ward also brought a save from the keeper on the hour mark.
Callum Ball was introduced on sixty-four minutes to give The Rams a more physical presence up front with Ward moving to the left of midfield to make way for the youngster. Both sides had their moments looking for winner as the game swung back and froth and Fielding made a fine save from a stinging Taylor effort with ten minutes to go. Just at the game looked to have finished level Peterborough snatched the winner three minutes into injury time, Grant McCann hit a fierce left-footed effort that Fielding got a hand to but he couldn`t keep the ball out of net as the home side snatched all of the points at the death.
Peterborough United: Jones, Little, Bennett, Zakuani, Boyd, McCann, Sinclair (Ball 71), Rowe, Tunnicliffe (Kearns 66), Taylor, Kennedy.
Subs Not Used: Lewis,Thompson, Gordon-Hutton.
Derby County: Fielding, Buxton, O'Brien, Shackell, Roberts, Doyle (Ball 64), B Davies, Bryson, Hendrick, Ward (Hughes 90), Robinson (Bennett 83).
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Kilbane.