A break seems to have been all that was needed

After our victory against Leicester City, we get a welcome break for a couple of weeks. When we return to action, we travel to London Road as 3/1 underdogs to take on 7th-placed Peterborough United in front of 8,555 fans. I name an unchanged side, so Bradley Johnson makes his 350th career league appearance. Peterborough start well and in the 9th minute, Vallee shoots just wide from 16 yards. Jonny Hayes takes an inswinging free kick in the 13th minute and finds Jagos Vukovic at the far post. He’s 6 yards out and heads back across goal… and hits the bar. It’s a warning for Peterborough and within 2 minutes, Jutkiewicz has an effort just wide from 18 yards. It’s our turn to have a chance and it comes in the 19th minute when Gennaro Riccardi crosses from the left wing. Michele Marconi is on the end of the cross and heads in his 23rd goal of the season from 6 yards. Tomasov has a chance to level in the 26th minute when he’s played in, but Jonathan Bond saves well and two minutes later, Vallee’s shot from 18 yards go over; these two chances sandwich Bertin Matip picking up a yellow card. Peterborough continue to pressure us and in the 31st minute, a right wing cross is met by Tomasov sliding in and he scores from 6 yards out. Peterborough’s goal inspires us and we win a corner in the 36th minute. Matip takes an inswinging corner and Johnson looks to mark his 350th career league appearance with a headed goal, but he heads just over.

There’s been plenty of chances in the first half and the second half starts quickly with the first chance coming in the 47th minute when Hayes crosses from the right and he finds Michel 10 yards out. Michel shoots and… scores his 7th goal of the season as we re-take the lead! Peterborough hit back 5 minutes later when Weimann runs past Sean Morrison and scores from 12 yards. Weimann is fouled by Johnson in the 62nd minute and he goes into the referee’s notebook. Dacian Varga goes off in the 65th minute, with Federico Cenci coming on for him (and his 50th career league appearance) as I go searching for the winner. Michel goes close to adding his second in the 75th minute, but his shot from 25 yards is just wide. Six minutes later, Cenci slides in Marconi, but Ma Kalambay is out quickly and able to save Marconi’s effort. Ryan Mason comes on for Johnson 8 minutes from time, but there are no further chances of note as the spoils are shared. Tomasov is named Man of the Match with a rating of 7.5 and a goal and we remain 4th. It’s certainly been a more open match than some of our recent ones and an away point is good against a team looking for the play-offs, but it’s disappointing to score 2 and not return home with all 3 points.

Whilst we remain 4th, there’s bad news for a team at the bottom as Swindon Town are relegated.

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