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Stanley 0-2 Peterborough

Early goals in both halves condemn Stanley to a 2-0 at home to Peterborough

28 January 2020

Goals from Sammie Szmodics and Joe Ward saw Accrington Stanley suffer a 2-0 defeat at home to Darren Ferguson's Peterborough United.

The Reds came into the game on the back of a 1-1 away draw against Burton Albion, but loanee Sammie Szmodics gave the visitors an early lead when he fired an effort past Josef Bursik at his near post.

Ferguson's side doubled their advantage six minutes after the half-time break when Ivan Toney squared the ball for Joe Ward to slot it into the back of the net, although it did appear that the latter may have been in an offside position.

John Coleman's side continued to push for a goal and Jordan Clark had Stanley's best chance of the second half when he fired a swerving effort at goal, but Christy Pym did well to catch the ball and The Posh were then able to see out the 2-0 victory.

Both teams named unchanged sides for the Sky Bet League One clash with the visitors also naming former Red Aaron Chapman on their bench, who won the League Two Golden Glove award during his time with Stanley.

After featuring as a number 10 for the first time in Saturday's draw with Burton Albion, Sadou Diallo created the first chance of tonight's game as the loanee fired a powerful effort at goal, but Pym did well to make the save.

There were shouts for a penalty on 10 minutes when Dion Charles went down inside the area, but referee Anthony Backhouse was quick to wave away the appeals.

The game's opening goal came a minute later as Szmodics fired an effort past Bursik at his near post.

Stanley's best chance of the opening 45 came just after the half hour mark when Diallo had an effort blocked, with Joe Pritchard then blazing the ball over the bar from close range.

Following the goal, Peterborough's best chance of the half fell to defender Frankie Kent who forced Bursik into making a good save after he had surged forward at pace.

The game's second goal came just six minutes after the break when Toney took the ball off Ross Sykes before squaring it for Ward to slot it into the back of the net, although it did look as though the latter was in an offside position when the ball was played.

After taking free-kicks in the games against Salford City and Burton Albion, goalkeeper Bursik again stepped up but he could only fire his effort over the goal.

Peterborough could have had a third goal just before the hour mark when Siriki Dembele raced forward quickly, but Szmodics then failed to hit the target with an effort from the edge of the box.

Stanley's best chance of the second half fell to Clark but Pym did well to catch the winger's swerving effort at goal.

Toney came close to grabbing a goal of his own on 82 minutes when the striker fired a powerful free-kick just wide of the target, with The Posh then able to see out the 2-0 victory.

Next up for Coleman's men is a home clash against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday 1st February, 3pm kick-off.

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