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« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2005, 12:14:17 PM »

I think I'm going to start going with a more defensive technique on the road.  I haven't had many problems at home with the new tactic, but our road record is troubling.

Valois gets picked for the team of the week yet again.  5 times in 2 months now, very impressive.

Carling Cup, Round 3
One major upset, League One Hartlepool beating Tottenham 3-2 in extra time.  The only League Two squad left, Darlington, loses 4-0 at Nott'm Forest.  And the only other League One side left, Plymouth Argyle, loses at home to West Brom. 4-2 on PK's after a scoreless two hours of play.

Just 2 days off after this next one before our 2nd round Vans Trophy match.
Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Plummer, Ireland, Dakinah
Mid: Valois, Eriksson, Devlin
AM: Monkhouse
Str: Hammond, Asprilla

Oct. 29, Match 13
4-3-5, 15th pl., 15 pts.
v. Brentford (2-5-5, 21st pl., 11 pts.)
Series: Posh, 2-0-0
Fav: Posh, Evens


5'- Hammond with a cross to an open Valois at the back post, who shoots from 10 yards, but the keeper has a bead on it for the save.

9'- Valois to Asprilla at the near post, who settles and tries to pick out the upper corner from 15 yards, but it's too high.

12'- Monkhouse with a great ball to Hammond in the middle... and Hammond appears to have the keeper beat inside the right post, but a great diving save prevents the goal.

18'- First good buildup for the Bees, as they have 3 men lurking at the back post with no markers... poor defending but luckily the open shot from 10 yards is well high of the mark.

22'- A corner is taken by Brentford, and a player gets it at the near post and attempts to skip past Ireland... but Craig decides to chop him down and we've got a penalty.  It's taken, and it's converted.  1-0, Brentford.

28'- Pritchard with a free kick just inside our own half... he shoots it to about 25 yards from goal, where Asprilla tries to flick it over the keeper with a cheeky header, and had him beat but it goes off the side netting.

34'- Eriksson with a steal at midfield, who passes right to Devlin, back to Eriksson, who plays Hammond just onside... Elvis is free and shoots far post.... it's in!  1-1!  Great shot, and Hammond nets his 7th of the season!

Ireland is struggling with a 5 at the half, so we remove him and put in Steve Yates.

48'- Brentford handles the ball at 30 yards, so Valois steps up to take the free kick, pretty much right in the middle of the pitch.  Jean-Louis strikes it with force, and it goes in!  No chance for the keeper, as he bent it into the upper right corner for a 2-1 Posh lead!

58'- A wide open chance for Brentford, as the left winger crosses to an unmarked man at the back post.  Kruse is dreadfully out of position, but luckily the shot caroms back off the post, and we keep our lead.

61'- Another Bee attack, and this time a shot from 20 yards goes off a leg, and right to a striker at the far post, who hits a tough angle shot past Kruse and in.  2-2.

65'- Valois plays Hammond through, and Elvis has another good shot, but the keeper gets a hand to it this time, and it's cleared away before it can roll over the line.

73'- Dakinah with a good steal, he knocks it back to Kruse.  Lukas puts it forward 70 yards right to Asprilla.  Asprilla knocks it down for Hammond on the right.  Elvis advances, then finds Monkhouse in the middle.  Andy beats one man, then holds off another into the box.  Monkhouse tacks to the left, and fires a shot past the keeper and into the net!  3-2, Peterborough!  Great individual effort by Monkhouse to put it in.  We back off our tactics and try to hold the lead.  Navarro in for Eriksson.

83'- Great play, as Hammond just reaches a ball for him before it crosses the end line, and hits it back for Monkhouse, who powers a header two inches wide of the far post.

91'- We seemingly have this one bagged, until a terrific one-two fools both central defenders, sending a Brentford striker in on goal, who doesn't miss.  3-3.

Kruse picks up a 5 in this one, he didn't keep anything out with any extra effort today.  The backline can only hold them out so long.  We didn't yield any chances in the final 20 minutes, save the one that tied us.  Valois picks up another MoM award and a 9, as Eriksson, Hammond, Asprilla, and Monkhouse all pick up 8's.  There must be some way to prevent these late chances from killing us.

Draw, 3-3, drop 1 spot to 16th
Shots/on target: Posh 18/9, Bees 12/5
Poss: 54-46, Posh
A: 5,369


Valois picks up his 6th Team of the Week notice.
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« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2005, 12:54:48 PM »

The FA Cup First Round Draw is held, and we will travel to League Two side Boston United in about 2 weeks.

Fittingly, at the start of November, we get notice that Jean-Louis Valois has won the League One Player of the Month award for October.  Valois has been awesome all year, averaging over an 8, and regularly bringing in 9's and 10's.

Also, Andy Monkhouse's goal v. Brentford is noted as the third best in the Goal of the Month voting.

We start a bit of a different lineup again for the Vans Trophy:
GK: Masalin
Def: Legg, St. Ledger, Yates, Dakinah
Mid: Eriksson, Nicolas, Martin
AM: Shaw, Jess
Str: Holmes

Nov. 1, Vans Trophy, South Draw Round 2
@ Aldershot (2nd in Conf. Nat'l)
Fav: Posh, 1:3


14'- Our defensive tactics don't get us anywhere, as the Shots put in a free kick from 25 yards to take a 1-0 lead.  We ratchet up the attack.

18'- Apparently, Aldershot came to play.  Another free kick, this time from midfield finds a man on the right, who crosses to the middle, and it's headed in.  2-0, Shots.  Ugh.

20'- Our first chance, as Jess finds Shaw down the middle.  Paul Shaw advances, but shoots well high from 20 yards.

28'- HOLY CRAP, a pass finds a striker in the middle who is wide open, and he puts it past Masalin for a 3-0 Aldershot lead.

37'- Jess has space, but sends a shot well wide of the mark from 12 yards.

We go to the break, and just would like to bury this one deep underground.  We try to put a happy face on it, and push a bunch of people forward, but one more goal against and we'll just call it a day.  Aaritalo in for Holmes, who is slightly injured.

49'- A cross comes in, and Dakinah shoves someone to the ground to give Aldershot a penalty kick.  It comes in, and we're down 4-0.  That was a PK, so we decide not to back off... maybe we can get a consolation goal.

53'- Asprilla in for Nicolas, who has a yellow card.  We go to a 4-3-1-2, with Jess moving to midfield.

58'- Shaw with a great cross to Eriksson at the back post, but even with time and space he manages to put the shot 3 yards wide.

61'- Yates with a steal, and a flick to Aaritalo.  Mika finds Asprilla free down the right.  Faustino runs to the endline, then crosses it to Eriksson again at the back post, and this time with the keeper still adjusting, he knocks it in.  4-1.

68'- Martin takes it to the edge of the box on the right, then lofts one for Shaw.  Paul gets his head to it, but the keeper blocks it out... right to Aaritalo who taps it in.  And now it's 4-2 and things just got interesting.

79'- Navarro in for an injured Andy Legg and we move Navarro and Dakinah up the field a bit in attack.

90'- Aldershot add one more for good measure, and we lose this one 5-2.

Aldershot striker Roscoe D'Sane scored a hat trick and wins MoM.  We lose a bit of face taking it on the chin so badly in this one.

Loss, 5-2, out of Vans Trophy
Shots/on target: Shots 19/7, Posh 11/3
Poss: 56-44, Shots
A: 1,225


We pick up a whopping $8,000 for our appearance in the 2nd round.

Champions League, Match Day 4
Group A
AC Milan 2:0 Paris
Real Madrid 3:0 Rosenborg


Group B
Panathinaikos 0:0 Roma
Tottenham 2:2 Monaco


Group C
Arsenal 6:1 Sparta Prague
Valencia 2:0 PSV


Group D
Anderlecht 1:2 Werder Bremen
Benfica 2:0 Red Star


Group E
Inter 3:0 Chelsea
Shakhtar 0:1 Porto


Group F
Celtic 3:3 Fenerbahce
Lyon 0:2 Juventus


Group G
Basel 0:2 Barcelona
Bayern Munich 0:2 Man Utd.


Group H
Deportivo 3:0 Banik Ostrava
Leverkusen 2:1 Ajax
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« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2005, 02:50:01 PM »

Les Ferdinand returns to full training after being out for a while due to his knee injury.  He'll be re-joining the lineup as soon as he is fit.

We get our first look at relegated side Watford today.  They didn't play well early, but are back up near the top, where everyone expected them.  Back to a defensive midfielder today, as the row of 3 in the middle doesn't really seem to help.
Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Plummer, Yates, Dakinah
DM: Navarro
Mid: Valois, Devlin
AM: Monkhouse
Str: Hammond, Asprilla

Nov. 5, Match 14
4-4-5, 16th pl., 16 pts.
v. Watford (7-2-4, 6th pl., 23 pts.)
Series: This is the Hornets' first year back in League One since 1998.
Fav: Posh, 6:4


12'- First real chance is a Watford free kick from 20-25 yards.  And it goes in.  CHRIST.  1-0, Hornets.

Not much other action in the first half.  In fact, that free kick was Watford's only shot of the half, and we only managed one on-target shot, which was a fluke bouncing ball that hit the post off a header from Asprilla.  No changes for the 2nd half.

54'- A corner is taken short and flighted to the near post by Valois... and it goes in!  An own goal for Watford, and we finally get the benefit of a fluke!  1-1.  Asprilla out, Aaritalo in.  Asprilla was pulling down a 4 until that goal, so he comes out.

61'- Valois centers the ball to Monkhouse, who lets go a bending ball from 20 yards that the keeper just gets a palm to.  Hammond tries for the rebound, but he can't get there.

82'- Monkhouse gets slightly injured, and we sub in Eriksson for him.

84'- Yates with a throw to Navarro.  Navarro near the byline, turns and beats one man, then gets his long cross in from the right.  It comes at Aaritalo, a defender AND the keeper... and Aaritalo wins it and heads it in!!!!  Great goal and Mika Aaritalo has provided the game winner (I hope)!  Ireland on for Hammond, and we go to a 5 man backline.

87'- A scare cross into the six, and we almost gave up the leveler.

The final whistle goes, and we take the points!  Boy, we looked like crap most of the game, but that own goal breathed some life into us.  And Mika Aaritalo showed some impressive aerial ability by winning that headball to win the game.

Our only 8 goes to Jean-Louis Valois, who wins yet another MoM.

Win, 2-1, up 1 to 15th place
Shots/on target: Posh 9/4, Hornets 2/1
Poss: 50-50
A: 6,792


Both Pritchard and Monkhouse are expected to miss about a week with their minor injuries obtained during this match.  The injuries are starting to pile up, as Sagi Burton continues to be out with his dislocated shoulder, and Ferdinand is just now getting back into match shape after his knee strain.
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« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2005, 03:25:17 PM »

Mika Aaritalo gets some notice by getting called up to the Finnish squad.  With Aaritalo's strength in the air, I'm thinking of starting him alongside Hammond, and calling for some long balls to Mika's head.  We'll see what happens with Ferdinand's return.

Aaritalo will get the start, as Ferdinand could probably use one more day off.  Bradford City is a curious squad, scoring just 10 goals (2nd to worst) and yielding only 11 (2nd best) in 14 fixtures.  Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Legg, Plummer, Yates, Dakinah
DM: Navarro
Mid: Valois, Devlin
AM: Eriksson
Str: Hammond, Aaritalo

Nov. 9, Match 15
5-4-5, 15th pl., 19 pts.
@ Bradford City (4-5-5, 17th pl., 17 pts.)
Series: Posh, 1-1-0
Fav: Bantams, 6:4


14'- Eriksson gets some space near the arc, and shoots.  He nearly gets it in, but a nice save forces a corner.

31'- Another fluke goal, as a Bradford shot from near the spot is going wide, but it hits Kofi Dakinah in the back and goes in.  1-0, Bantams.

42'- Elvis Hammond with a great effort, as he holds off 2 men for 45 yards all the way into the box, but his shot is tipped just wide.

We switch Ferdinand in for Hammond at the half, who is turning in a rather pedestrian effort.  We also up the attack for half number two.

56'- Dakinah with a great pass to Devlin down the right, and we somehow get a 2 on 1.  Devlin attacks the keeper, and draws the defender, then lays it back to a wide open Ferdinand who applies the finish!  1-1!

70'- The Bantams with a prolonged series of pressure that finally ends when Kruse is out of position to try and take down a corner, but a Bantam striker gets there first... but Yates heads it off the line and Aaritalo cannons it away!

74'- Good buildup, as Devlin slips a ball to Aaritalo, who attacks the keeper, but can't beat him.

78'- Another good pass by Devlin, this time to Ferdinand who has a wonderful chance from 10 yards, but a good save keeps it from sneaking inside the near post.

81'- A manic scramble in front of our net, and a lot of bodies are there, and Kruse is able to get his body in front of a toe-poked shot and another shot is tackled away by Plummer... we keep the score at 1's.

86'- Navarro with a great switch of play to Valois, who has tons of space... he slides one to Ferdinand who picks out the corner, but shoots it high!  Another great chance!

An amazing final 20 minutes here, as both sides have just gone back and forth trying to get the game winner.

90'- Eriksson finds Ferdinand, who was marginally offside, but it's not called... he beats a defender, then tries to left foot one inside the near post but just misses!

The final whistle goes, and we take a point.  For once, our defense is highly rated.  Lukas Kruse wins MoM with a 10, standing up well to some quality chances.  Plummer picks up a 9, Dakinah, Yates, and of course Valois earn 8's.  Can't help but wonder if Hammond might've finished one or two of those chances.  Ferdinand got the easy one, but missed 4 or 5 of the tougher ones.

Draw, 1-1, remain in 15th
Shots/on target: Bantams 11/7, Posh 18/6
Poss: 55-45, Bradford City
A: 10,003


Tobias Eriksson is called up to the Swedish U-21 club, as our players are starting to get noticed.
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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2005, 03:58:41 PM »

The First Round of the FA Cup rolls around, and Eriksson and Aaritalo are gone on international duty.  Monkhouse, Devlin, Burton, and Pritchard are still hurt.  So, we're a bit thin, but try to start our best in hopes of another Cup run this year.

We've only lost 2 out of our last 11, but it still feels like we're not playing well.

Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Ireland, Plummer, Yates, Dakinah
DM: Nicolas
Mid: Valois, Martin
AM: Shaw
Str: Ferdinand, Hammond

Nov. 12, FA Cup First Round
@ Boston United (10th in League Two)
Fav: Posh, 1:2


15'- First chance of the match, and Valois tries to slip a ball to Ferdinand in the box, but Ferdinand is run over and the referee points at the spot!  Les Ferdinand strides up to the ball... and it's saved!  Not hit very well by Ferdinand, who almost hit it straight down the middle.

28'- Valois gets in to nearly point blank range, but his angled shot is blocked back out by the keeper.

44'- Shaw with a terrific through ball to Valois, who is unable to get a good shot away.

We absolutely dominate the Pilgrims, but we're still scoreless at the break.  No changes.

53'- Hammond is free in the middle, but can't get his shot past the keeper.

57'- Pilgrims with their first good chance of the game, but luckily the shot from the spot at the far post is high and wide.

61'- A great cross into the six for BU, but Kruse tips it over the bar, as Lukas picks up his first save of the match.  We switch in Jess and Navarro for Valois and Martin... Valois is having his worst game with the Posh, rating just a 6.

75'- Eoin Jess lines up a 20 yard free kick, but the keeper just beats the ball to the far post and grabs it.

86'- Another Jess free kick is deflected by the wall and out for a corner.  Jess' corner kick is cleared.

93'- Navarro is pulled down just a foot from the box, right at the endline.  Jess with the free kick, but it's not a good one, and the whistle blows after the Pilgrim clearance.

A typically scrappy game against teams with 2 different talent levels, and Boston Utd. did what they had to to force the replay.  Aboslutely magical game by their keeper, as he rates a 10 and wins the man of the match.  Yates and Shaw pick up 8's for us.  Ferdinand's missed penalty was absolutely huge.

Draw, 0-0, replay in 11 days at London Road
Shots/on target: Pilgrims 6/1, Posh 22/14
Poss: 54-46, Posh
A: 6,113


FA Cup First Round Upsets
Hartlepool (L1) 0:1 Histon (non-league)
Hyde (non-league) 2:1 Yeovil (L2)
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« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2005, 04:42:00 PM »

Kruse, Plummer, and Valois all get picked to the League One Team of the Week.  That's 7 of the last 9 weeks Valois has made this team.

If we can win the replay over Boston, we'll get a road trip to another League 2 side, this time Kidderminster.

Chris Plummer hurts his calf in training and will be out 2 weeks... so that's 3 defensive starters out now.  We bring up good looking young defender Phil Cave from the reserves for our next match.

Lineup for our next match:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Yates, Cave, Dakinah
DM: Navarro
Mid: Valois, Devlin
AM: Monkhouse
Str: Hammond, Ferdinand

Nov. 19, Match 16
5-5-5, 15th pl., 20 pts.
@ Grimsby (3-3-9, 22nd pl., 12 pts.)
Series: Mariners 1:0 Posh (2004 Carling Cup First Round)
Fav: Posh, 5:4


3'- Valois with all sorts of room advances to within 3 yards of the keeper, but puts it over.

Very few chances early, as we go to the half scoreless.  Valois and Devlin are both struggling.  No changes.

54'- Good throw from Yates to Hammond in the arc... Hammond leaves it for Phil Cave who has a go from 20 yards, but it's well over.

74'- Aaritalo in for Hammond, who is slightly injured, and Shaw in for a struggling Valois.

87'- Monkhouse is hauled down in the arc.  Navarro bends in the free kick and hits the post!  The rebound is cleared to Navarro, who sends another ball in to Aaritalo, who jinks around the keeper and scores... but I don't get too excited because it looked like he was offsides and indeed the flag goes up late and calls it back.

93'- Shaw attacks the goal and puts in a perfectly placed bending shot, but the Grimsby keeper is able to dive and keep it out.

Grimsby with one last shot off a corner, and it's a glorious chance from 5 yards but absolutely messed up by the striker who chunks it 5 yards wide.

Yates, Navarro, Dakinah, Kruse, and Pritchard all pick up 8's for their defensive effort, but our offense was silent today.  Everyone else picks up 7's, except Valois who nets a 6.  Youngster Phil Cave played very well, making at least 2 quality plays that I witnessed.

Draw, 0-0, remain in 15th
Shots/on target: Mariners 9/4, Posh 8/4
Poss: 51-49, Posh
A: 3,687


Man, we just cannot put together a run of victories and move to the top!
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« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2005, 12:51:36 PM »

Champions League, Match Day 5
Group E
Porto 2:4 Chelsea
Shakhtar 0:4 Inter


Group F
Juventus 3:0 Fenerbahce
Lyon 5:3 Celtic


Group G
Barcelona 0:1 Man Utd.
Basel 1:1 Bayern Munich


Group H
Ajax 4:0 Banik Ostrava
Leverkusen 1:0 Deportivo


Group A
Real Madrid 0:0 AC Milan
Rosenborg 1:1 Paris


Group B
Monaco 0:4 Roma
Tottenham 3:0 Panathinaikos


Group C
PSV 2:0 Sparta Prague
Valencia 0:1 Arsenal


Group D
Anderlecht 2:1 Benfica
Werder Bremen 3:0 Red Star


So, now comes our replay against Boston Utd.  Hopefully we can have a bit easier of a time of it at London Road.
Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Yates, Cave, Dakinah
DM: Navarro
Mid: Valois, Devlin
AM: Monkhouse
Str: Hammond, Ferdinand

Nov. 23, FA Cup First Round Replay
v. Boston United
Fav: Posh, 2:5


7'- The Pilgrims with the first shot, but it's well high.

11'- Monkhouse with a steal, and he plays it back to Dakinah.  Dakinah to Cave in the center circle.  Cave plays it up to Hammond, who nods it down to Valois at the top of the box.  Valois is open and advances... he shoots, but it's deflected wide... Elvis Hammond is there for the rebound and taps it in!  1-0, Posh.

17'- The Pilgrims with a decent chance, but a 15 yard shot is weak and wide.

21'- Hammond plays it wide to Valois, then runs into the box.  Valois charges and takes the short cross... and Elvis is there to finish again!  2-0, Posh!

26'- BU with a corner kick, and Cave hoofs it away to Devlin, who is waiting down the right.  Devlin charges forward and skips past a challenge... he storms to the endline and crosses to the near post... where Hammond is waiting.  Elvis sticks his foot out and flicks it home!  Elvis with a hat trick and we lead 3-0!

And of course, my plan being to sub out 3 players at the break... but Elvis Hammond has to go and pick up a knock 2 minutes before halftime.  Dammit.  Ireland in for Ferdinand, Aaritalo in for Hammond, and Eriksson replaces Valois.  We kick things down to a very slow tempo and short passing to attempt to hold the ball and conserve our energy.

We hold the ball such that there are only 2 highlights of action in half 2... both Pilgrim buildups that end in long, hopeless shots.  Unfortunately, both Aaritalo and Pritchard pick up knocks in the 2nd half and are forced to play through them.

Elvis Hammond picks up MoM honors with his hat trick, and a 10 rating.  Valois picks up an 8, and everyone else rates a 7.

Win, 3-0, move on to round 2
Shots/on target: Posh 7/7, Pilgrims 7/1
Poss: 54-46, Posh
A: 6,163
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« Reply #37 on: February 22, 2005, 01:32:58 PM »

Luckily, neither Hammond nor Pritchard have any ill effects of their knocks from the last match.  Just Aaritalo, who will miss a week with a sprained wrist.

We pick up $24,000 for our 1st round win.

We pick up some extra defensive insurance as well, as Arsenal reserve defender Ryan Garry agrees to join us on a 3 month loan.  Garry is 22, and we pick him up for just $8k for 3 months.  Garry is very good in the air, and quite quick.  Speed is lacking a bit in our back line.  He can play on the left and in the center, and will likely move into our starting lineup.

As you may remember, Kevin Keegan was fired from Manchester City a month or two ago.  Well, Fulham has decided to hire the well-traveled one.  And Manchester City decided to poach from the Championship, hiring away Hull boss Peter Taylor.

The Boston Utd. win has done wonders for our morale, improving nearly everyone to superb.

This next match will show where we are, as we host 3rd place Barnsley.  Barnsley was a mid-table club last year, finishing even with us at 52 points.  I'm starting a young backline today, as Cave has been acquitting himself well, and Garry is quite talented.
Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Garry, Cave, Dakinah
DM: Navarro
Mid: Valois, Devlin
AM: Monkhouse
Str: Hammond, Ferdinand

Nov. 26, Match 17
5-6-5, 15th pl., 21 pts.
v. Barnsley (9-5-2, 3rd pl., 32 pts.)
Series: Posh, 1-1-0
Fav: Posh, 6:4


12'- First chance of the game, Valois slides it to Monkhouse.  Monkhouse with a strong cross to Devlin, who is charging into the right side of the box.  Devlin switches feet, and fools one defender.  Then he shoots with his left back into the near post, and beats the keeper!  1-0, Peterborough!

28'- Garry with a bad giveaway, that leads to a header from 8 yards, but Kruse is able to pounce on it.

33'- Cave is injured and leaves for treatment... but doesn't improve much beyond 50 for the next several minutes.

40'- Devlin is also injured.  

Neither Cave nor Devlin improve at the break, so we sub them out.  Yates for Cave, Eriksson for Devlin, and Monkhouse moves out to the right wing and Eriksson will play in the attack.

Barnsley with a good attack early, but they can't beat Kruse.  One shot off the crossbar, and two more deflected by bodies in front.

61'- Eriksson keys a break, finding Monkhouse down the right.  Andy crosses to Valois at the near post, and he heads it at the keeper... but the keeper misplays it and it's in!  2-0, Peterborough!  Not sure what happened, but the keeper is credited with an own goal.

66'- Barnsley with a corner, and it is hammered goalward, and cleared off the line by Pritchard's boot!  The rebound shot is defended by Kruse, and Garry clears it behind!  Good defensive series there.

80'- The Reds with a breakaway down the middle, but Kruse gets good position and saves the shot!

Nicolas in for Monkhouse, who is hobbling a bit.  We turn the tempo down and call for short passes, and get the win!

Andy Monkhouse is the MoM, with a 10!  He assisted on both goals, and played well both in the middle and on the right.  Kruse picks up a 9, and Valois, Garry, and Dakinah pick up 8's.  Good defensive effort all around.

Win, 2-0, up 3 spots to 12th
Shots/on target: Posh 7/4, Reds 17/9
Poss: 54-46, Reds
A: 7,327


Sadly, Valois picks up his 5th yellow card in this match, and will miss our 2nd Round FA Cup tie in one week.
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« Reply #38 on: February 23, 2005, 10:04:31 AM »

Well, we're on 4 straight shutouts now, but that does include 2 games against a League 2 opponent.  But hopefully we can keep this momentum up and ride it to the top 6.

Lukas Kruse and Andy Monkhouse get selected to the Team of the Week.  It seems Valois has cooled off a bit.

Dag & Red attempt to trade me a mediocre defender for Andre Boucaud.  I reject the offer and counter-offer for $24k in cash and 25% of his next sale.  They counter with a flat $24k, and I accept.  Boucaud has promise, but with this formation he is a man without a spot.

As we begin December, the board have moved from "very pleased" to "delighted" with my management of the club.  The supporters are delighted as well, which gives me even more wiggle room to have a bad patch, I hope.

Andy Monkhouse finishes 3rd in the Player of the Month voting.  

We also bring in a young goalkeeper that we had signed last June.  An 18 year old player named Markus Eskilsson, he is Swedish and signs on a free transfer for $6k per year over 3 seasons.  He's a bit raw, but has impressive physical talent.  He'll play in the reserves for now.  

Our lineup for the 2nd round FA Cup tie with Kidderminster:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Garry, Cave, Dakinah
DM: Nicolas
Mid: Monkhouse, Devlin
AM: Shaw
Str: Hammond, Asprilla

Dec. 3, FA Cup Second Round
@ Kidderminster (19th in League Two)
Fav: Posh, 1:2


6'- Shaw attempts to challenge a pass at the top of the box, but ends up deflecting it right into the path of a Harrier striker, who scores past a surprised Kruse.  1-0, Kidderminster.  We switch from defensive tactics to attacking.

13'- Pritchard spots the run of Asprilla down the left, and finds him.  Faustino attacks the keeper, and his shot is deflected... Shaw attacks the rebound, but the keeper recovers and smothers it.

17'- Monkhouse breaks loose, but his shot is skied.

22'- Pritchard clears again to Asprilla.  Asprilla to Hammond, who finds Shaw on the left.  Shaw with a through ball to Monkhouse, who attacks the goal from the left, and slides it past the keeper and just inside the near post!  1-1!

31'- Asprilla is free on the left after a nice ball from Shaw, but cannot finish.

34'- Shaw plays the give-and-go with Hammond, and gets the ball back right in the spot with only the keeper to beat... but the keeper is able to tip it away, and the Harriers put it behind for a corner.  The corner is laid back for Asprilla who narrowly misses the upper corner.

36'- Dakinah with a steal and a long ball down the right to Hammond.  Elvis attacks from the right, and shoots a cross to Monkhouse at the back post, but his volley is denied.

We go into the break knotted at 1.  Kruse is rating just a 5 at the half, so we sub in Masalin.

49'- Devlin with a corner, and he finds Nicolas alone at the left of the six... Nicolas has time to turn and shoot, and it goes off the keeper's glove and in!  2-1, Posh as Nicolas tallies his first P'boro goal!

52'- Devlin with a corner from the other side.  He plays it short to Monkhouse, who sets it up for Devlin.  Devlin plays a square ball to Garry in the arc, then back to Devlin who is inside the box now.  Devlin floats a ball into traffic, and Alexis Nicolas dives onto it and puts it in!  2 in 3 minutes for Nicolas as we take a big 2 goal lead!

Yates in for Hammond as we go with a 5 man back and 1 striker.

The Harriers control the next 20 minutes, but the 2 shots they are able to create are off target.

75'- Shaw with a free kick on the left from about 25 yards.  He strikes a strong pass to Devlin, who heads it from 8 yards and beats the keeper!  It's a rout at 4-1 for the Posh!

Eriksson enters for Monkhouse to finish out our subs and attempt to avoid injury.

The rest of the time ticks away harmlessly, and we move on to round 3!

Paul Shaw with his best game of the year, with a 9 and winning man of the match honors.  Our entire backline picked up 8's, and Nicolas, Devlin, and Monkhouse also picked up 9's to go along with Shaw.  Shaw is making a push for increased playing time here.

Win, 1-4, move on to round 3
Shots/on target: Harriers 6/1, Posh 16/9
Poss: 52-48, Harriers
A: 5,594


We pick up another $28k for our victory here.  The draw for the 3rd round is held though... and you might as well stick a fork in us now, as we're slotted to travel to Goodison Park and face recently demoted Everton from the Championship.
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« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2005, 10:42:52 AM »

Boucaud signs with Dag & Red, and we're $24k richer and rid ourselves of another $52k in salary.

A key match here, as we have a home game against a side battling against relegation.  We cannot afford to lose these types of matches.  We keep Cave, Nicolas, and Shaw in the lineup after their magical performances against Kidderminster.  Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Garry, Cave, Dakinah
DM: Nicolas
Mid: Valois, Monkhouse
AM: Shaw
Str: Hammond, Ferdinand

Dec. 7, Match 18
6-6-5, 13th pl., 24 pts.
v. Hartlepool (3-5-9, 22nd pl., 14 pts.)
Series: Pools, 1-1-0
Fav: Posh, Evens


5'- Pritchard with a deep throw-in, finds Nicolas, who is dispossessed.  The ball finds its way to Valois, who sends a great ball to an open Les Ferdinand at 6 yards.  Ferdinand's strike is saved, but he finds the rebound and is tripped on his way to it... and we get a PK!  Alexis Nicolas is the choice to take it... and he scores!  1-0, Posh.

26'- Pools have a striker through on goal, but Phil Cave makes up the ground and tackles the ball away.

We get a couple of more chances from distance, but are unable to convert.  But we didn't allow Hartlepool a look at the goal at all in the first half.  No changes for the second half, although Elvis Hammond is limping around a bit, so we'll keep our eye on him.

50'- With a 60 yard free kick, I see why we've had the ball over 30% in the Pools attacking third of the field... they have 6 men deep in the box, and our attackers all lurk unmarked at the top of the box.  Nicolas plays it to Valois, who has lots of room to launch a 20 yard shot, but it's well high.

63'- After another long series of possession in the Hartlepool half, Pritchard takes a throw-in to Monkhouse.  Andy crosses it to Hammond, who comes back to the ball at 6 yards, then flicks it at goal with his head, and scores!  Hammond's 11th of the year, and we take a 2 goal lead.

Aaritalo in for Hammond, Yates in for Ferdinand as we go back to a 5-4-1 diamond to try and hold the lead.

83'- No action for a long while, then Nicolas with a steal of a long free kick, and he knocks it 70 yards down the left to Valois... Valois has 5 yards on his man, and crosses to the back post to a charging Andy Monkhouse... and the diving header is in!  3-0, Peterborough!

86'- Sadly, Monkhouse is injured and has to leave.  Devlin replaces him for the final minutes.

Monkhouse picks up a 10 and MoM honors, but an injury as well.  Hopefully not a long term one.  Valois picks up a 9, and Pritchard and Hammond both rate 8's.

Win, 3-0, up 2 spots to 11th
Shots/on target: Posh 13/7, Pools 1/0
Poss: 55-45, Posh
A: 5,290


Sadly, Andy Monkhouse broke his wrist on that fall late in the match, and will likely miss a month of action.

On a positive note, the board comes out with a comment about how pleased they are with the win, and the media comment how impressive our form has been of late, and how pleased the supporters are with the progress we've made this year.

Champions League, Match Day 6

Group A
-Milan and Real Madrid have already clinched the top 2 spots in this group.
Milan 2:0 Rosenborg
Paris 1:0 Real Madrid


Group B
-Roma and Monaco have already clinched the top 2 spots in this group.
Panathinaikos 0:0 Monaco
Roma 2:1 Tottenham


Group C
-PSV can advance with a win and a Valencia loss to Sparta Prague... but Arsenal has already clinched a berth in the knockout stage.
Arsenal 1:2 PSV
Sparta Prague 1:4 Valencia

-So much for that, as Arsenal and Valencia move on.

Group D
-Benfica and Werder Bremen play each other, but they each have more than 3 points on the next 2 clubs and will move on.
Benfica 1:0 Werder Bremen
Red Star 2:0 Anderlecht


Group E
-Chelsea can advance with a win, but a draw or loss and a Porto win over Inter would send the Portuguese side through.
Chelsea 3:1 Shakhtar
Inter 2:0 Porto

-Neither scenario comes true for Porto, and Chelsea and Inter advance.

Group F
-Juventus is a lock to move on, but Fenerbahce and Celtic are locked at 7, with Celtic holding the 3 goal diff. advantage.  So, Celtic needs a result against Juve, or to have Fenerbahce fall to Lyon to move on.
Juventus 1:0 Celtic
Fenerbahce 3:1 Lyon

-So, the Turkish side move on along with Juventus after a good match for them.

Group G
-Man Utd. and Barcelona have already clinched advancement.
Bayern Munich 3:0 Barcelona
Man Utd. 0:3 Basel


Group H
-Bayer Leverkusen and Deportivo have already clinched the top 2 spots in this group.
Banik Ostrava 0:1 Leverkusen
Deportivo 2:0 Ajax
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« Reply #40 on: February 23, 2005, 11:18:53 AM »

Sagi Burton finally returns to full training to soften the loss of Monkhouse a bit.  My defense has been playing so well, it'll be tough to put Burton back in for Dakinah, but we'll do it.

Another road game against a relegation battler up next.  We go with normal tactics and a counter attacking style.  Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Garry, Plummer, Yates, Dakinah
DM: Nicolas
Mid: Valois, Devlin
AM: Eriksson
Str: Hammond, Ferdinand

Dec. 10, Match 19
7-6-5, 11th pl., 27 pts.
@ Huddersfield (6-3-9, 18th pl., 21 pts.)
Series: Tied, 0-2-0
Fav: Posh, 6:4


1'- Hammond gets a shot away from distance in just 11 seconds, but it's high and wide.

9'- Terriers take a corner short, and the ensuing cross to the near post is headed in.  1-0, Huddersfield.

19'- Garry with a throw in deep in our own end.  He picks out Nicolas, who sends a 70 yard ball to Hammond, who is just onside.  The Terrier keeper is indecisive in coming out to get it, and Hammond attacks and pokes it around the keeper, and is left with a tap in! 1-1!

36'- Nicolas again to Hammond, who is through... a tough angled shot just misses and is into the side netting.

No changes at the break, as we controlled the last half hour of that first half.

56'- 2nd good Terrier chance of the half, but another header is put wide of the post off a left side cross.  Garry toe pokes the rebound away to Hammond, who holds off a defender, and finds Eriksson at the center circle.  Eriksson has time to scan the field, and finds Devlin ahead of his man down the right.  Devlin takes it into the box, and draws the keeper... then chips a short cross to Hammond, who is left with another easy finish!  2-1, Peterborough!

63'- A couple of scary chances for the Terriers, as a cross is chipped from the left onto a head, but it hits the crossbar and Yates clears... but a midfielder is there again for the Terriers and crosses into the six, but Kruse is there to grab it.

78'- A long distance shot is held by Kruse.  Ireland on for Ferdinand, as we go to a 5-4-1 again.

87'- Garry with a steal on the left, and he finds Hammond who is played onside by a right sided defender who had dropped too far.  Hammond is one on one with the keeper, but his shot is deflected wide... but Valois gets there first at a tough angle, and unselfishly plays it to a wide open Devlin who heads in the clincher!

Another great team effort!  We are on fire right now.  Paul Devlin wins MoM honors, and a 10 rating.  Someone lit a fire under Alexis Nicolas, as he is playing great lately, picking up a 9 here.  Kruse, Dakinah, Valois, Eriksson, and Hammond all pick up 8's and everyone else gets a 7.

We move up another 2 spots, and are now just 2 points out of the playoff zone, and 7 points off the league lead.

Win, 1-3, up 2 spots to 9th
Shots/on target: Terriers 8/4, Posh 14/8
Poss: 51-49, Terriers
A: 8,303


Andy Monkhouse makes the Team of the Week despite breaking his wrist.
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« Reply #41 on: February 23, 2005, 11:53:24 AM »

Another road game at a team lower than us.  We put youngster Cave back in for Yates, and Pritchard comes back from a rest to put Garry on the bench.  Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Cave, Plummer, Dakinah
DM: Nicolas
Mid: Valois, Devlin
AM: Eriksson
Str: Ferdinand, Hammond

Dec. 13, Match 20
8-6-5, 9th pl., 30 pts.
@ Notts County (7-6-6, 12th pl., 27 pts.)
Series: The Magpies were promoted from League Two through the playoffs last year.
Fav: Posh, Evens


7'- Ferdinand lines up a free kick on the edge of the area after Devlin was pushed down... He strikes it straight into the corner through a gap in the wall!  1-0, Posh!  Ferdinand's 5th of the season gives us an early lead!

11'- Devlin with a foul that gives Notts Co a free kick from 45 yards away near the left sideline.  It is taken straight to a winger down the left, who crosses into the six... Kruse attempts to play it, but a striker's head meets it first and we're tied at 1.

33'- Next significant chance falls to the Magpies, a fierce cross onto a head at 8 yards, but luckily Kruse watches it go over the bar.

45'- Another cross into the six for Notts County, and Kruse punches it away but also pushed over the Magpie striker, and they are awarded a penalty.  The Magpie striker strides up to take it, and puts it inside the left post for a 2-1 lead.

The first half was fairly even, we just got a bit unlucky with that last goal.  We up the attack for the second half.

49'- Devlin takes a corner... it's a beautifully struck ball floating just outside the six... Hammond comes back a bit to meet the ball with his head, and beats the keeper to the post!  2-2!

51'- A 30 yard free kick is driven innocuously in, right at Kruse... but Lukas somehow misplays it into a goal!  Instant reply by Notts County, and we're behind again, 3-2.

66'- Devlin with a good cross into the six, but it's taken by the keeper.  The keeper shoots it ahead a long way, and the defense falls asleep and allows a breakaway... but luckily the shot goes high and wide.

Aaritalo enters for Pritchard as we go to a 3 man backline, and we go to long balls to Aaritalo to try and equalize.

74'- Devlin with a good cross onto the head of Ferdinand, who strikes it with force, but the Magpie keeper tips it over.

79'- Shaw in for Nicolas, and Navarro on for Dakinah, as we push even more into the attack.

83'- A breakaway for Notts County, and our backline can't keep them out... a nice cross and a header finish things off, 4-2 Magpies.

We do a good job getting shots on target late, but the Magpie keeper is not letting any more in today.  We finally drop one.

Fairly good effort by all except the defense.  Plummer, Cave, and Kruse all turn in pedestrian efforts.  Devlin picks up our only 8.

Loss, 4-2, drop 2 to 11th
Shots/on target: Magpies 13/7, Posh 17/10
Poss: 50-50
A: 7,207


Pritchard and Devlin both pick up their 5th yellow of the season and will miss our next match.

Navarro injures his ankle in training and will be out for 2 weeks.
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« Reply #42 on: February 23, 2005, 12:35:27 PM »

Kruse has been mediocre of late, and I look around for some loaners to come in and possibly challenge him a bit.

Steve Yates sprains his wrist in training, and will be out about a week.

Injuries and suspensions warrant a bit of a different lineup today:
GK: Kruse
Def: Garry, Plummer, Cave, Dakinah
DM: Nicolas
Mid: Valois, Martin
AM: Eriksson
Str: Ferdinand, Hammond

Dec. 17, Match 21
8-6-6, 11th pl., 30 pts. (3 behind playoff zone)
v. Stockport (9-5-6, 8th pl., 32 pts.)
Series: Tied, 0-2-0
Fav: Posh, Evens


10'- Good attack by the Hatters, as a striker gets a shot off that looks like it's beaten Kruse to the post, but Lukas dives at it and turns it aside for the corner.

20'- Valois intercepts a pass and plays it back to Kruse, apparently off his head... but Kruse tries to play it upfield first time, but instead kicks it right to a Stockport striker, who has a wide open goal to shoot at, and he finishes.  1-0, Hatters.

A fairly pedestrian first half effort, as Stockport had the better of the chances.  

47'- Valois with a bending free kick from 25 yards, but it's just a bit too high.

53'- Martin chases down a ball and fires a cross to Eriksson, who makes some space for himself, and strikes a fierce shot at net, but the keeper beats it away.

68'- Dakinah with a throw to Martin.  Dean Edward Martin crosses into the center for Ferdinand... Sir Les flicks it effortlessly with his head, and it goes in off the near post!  1-1!

74'- Nicolas with an interception in midfield, and he fires one down the right to Hammond.  Hammond runs onto it, then advances at the keeper... he bluffs a cross to the middle and shoots himself... and it squeezes inside the near post for Hammond's 15th goal of the year!  2-1, Posh!  What a comeback!

Burton on for Ferdinand as we go to the 5-4-1 again.

88'- Stockport steal a throw in and march down the field... a ball is played through just past Burton, and the striker takes it first time and scores past Kruse.  2-2.  Shaw on for Martin, and Aaritalo in for Dakinah as we go back to the 4-4-2.

92'- Burton with a steal, and he finds Hammond... Hammond plays Valois through down the left, and crosses into the six... and the keeper just snatches it away before Eriksson could run onto it.

A tough loss after coming back from 1 down to go 1 up and then blowing the lead.  Nicolas and Plummer pick up our only 8's of the game.

Draw, 2-2, drop 1 to 12th
Shots/on target: Posh 10/6, Hatters 12/5
Poss: 51-49, Posh
A: 6,177
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« Reply #43 on: February 23, 2005, 01:12:52 PM »

We go into the Christmas break we get from Dec. 17-26 in 12th place, pretty much exactly mid-table.  A bit disappointing, but we're not too far off from breaking into the top 6, trailing Plymouth, Torquay, and Luton (4th-6th place) by just 4 points.  

Valois and Monkhouse are 1-2 in the league in average rating, both just under an 8 for all games this season.  Hammond leads the league with 12 league goals in 21 matches this year, and he has 15 in 25 starts for the season, quite impressive.  We practically stole the guy away from Fulham, so I am quite impressed with his form this season.  Ferdinand has 6 goals in his appearances, which is also quite good.

Another trip to a side in the relegation zone lingers for us on Boxing Day.  Chesterfield are struggling after finishing 10th last year.  Lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Pritchard, Garry, Plummer, Burton
DM: Nicolas
Mid: Valois, Devlin
AM: Shaw
Str: Ferdinand, Hammond

Dec. 26, Match 22
8-7-6, 12th pl., 31 pts.
@ Chesterfield (4-5-12, 22nd pl., 17 pts.)
Series: Spireites lead 1-1-0
Fav: Posh, Evens


9'- Valois is played through by Hammond, and he is wide open against the keeper, but the Spireite netminder turns it aside.

13'- Pritchard is challenged hard, and has to leave injured.  Dakinah on for him... we move Garry to the left, Burton to the middle, and Dakinah to the right.

26'- Garry is yellow carded for a two-footed tackle... but he recovers to steal the free kick and loft it to Valois.  Valois with a diagonal ball onto the run of Hammond, who has beaten the trap... Elvis is in free, and slots it home inside the right post!  1-0, Peterborough!

Frankly, we didn't play well in the first half, but we kept Chesterfield out of our end mostly, and have a 1 goal lead.  No changes at the break.

62'- A long ball catches Plummer napping, but Garry is there to tackle the ball away before the striker can get one on one with Kruse.

67'- An odd series of events, as Garry plays a ball to Valois.  Valois to Ferdinand in the middle, who plays it back to Valois down the left... who finds Ferdinand again running into the box.  Les shoots it powerfully off the crossbar, but Paul Shaw is there to collect the rebound and finish!  2-0!

Eriksson in for a tiring Ferdinand, as we go to a 4-1-3-1-1.

79'- A good cross misses the target in the middle of the six for Chesterfield, but a striker is unmarked near the back post, and fires a volley across the goal mouth that sails just wide.

88'- Another good Spireite cross off a corner, and the ball is laid back for a 15 yard strike that hits the crossbar and bounces free... Garry heads it behind for another corner.

The whistle goes and we get a nice road win.  Valois picks up another MoM award, with a 9 rating.  Kruse, Garry, and Dakinah all get 8's in defense as well.

Win, 0-2, up 2 spots to 10th
Shots/on target: Spireites 9/2, Posh 13/6
Poss: 50-50
A: 2,753


Luke Pritchard is out for a month with strained knee ligaments.  Thank goodness we picked up Garry, who will start for us on the left in his absence.

Another interesting note, as Middlesbrough, Fulham, and Liverpool all sack their managers within a week of each other.  'Tis the season.
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« Reply #44 on: February 24, 2005, 12:40:19 PM »

We've now gone 8 straight matches of scoring 2 goals or more, which is a good way to win more often than not.  Our defense has been shaky, but with Burton back in the lineup, I'm more confident than ever despite losing Pritchard... we did pick up Garry for the left.

We're not done any favors by the schedule makers in having to play Tranmere just 2 days after our last game, with pretty much no training in between.  Nearly the entire starting lineup is sub-90%, so we have to play nearly all backups...but, Rovers are in the same boat, so here's our lineup:
GK: Kruse
Def: Yates, Ireland, Cave, Dakinah
DM: Hunt
Mid: Eriksson, Martin
AM: Jess
Str: Aaritalo, Asprilla

We are fortunate enough to get this match at home, so we go with attacking tactics and set Aaritalo as the target man with long balls played to his head.  Tranmere have dominated us in this series, so hopefully we can save face and avoid a 4th straight loss.

Dec. 28, Match 23
9-7-6, 10th pl., 34 pts.
v. Tranmere (10-6-6, 7th pl., 36 pts.)
Series: Rovers, 3-0-0
Fav: Posh, 5:4


11'- A cross to the near post for Tranmere, and the header is put about a foot wide... but Tranmere is controlling early play, as always.

14'- A long series of midfield possession for us ends when Eriksson plays a diagonal ball onto the cutting run of Asprilla into the arc... Asprilla with space, he turns, advances and shoots from about 15 yards... and scores!  Asprilla with maybe his most impressive move of the year, and we take the early lead!

38'- The next significant chance comes, with a chip from a Rover midfielder right onto the head of a striker at 5 yards, but the angle of the pass causes the header to bounce over the bar... but still a good play.

Possession ends up even in the first half, but Rovers had the better of the chances, but we have the better of the scoreboard, leading 1-0.  No changes for the 2nd half, although Hunt is struggling with a 5 rating in defensive midfield.

47'- Jess nods down an errant clearance to Aaritalo's foot, and he shoots from 18 yards but it goes over.

54'- Rovers send a pacey cross inside the six, but nobody can get a head to it.

57'- Jess takes a free kick from about 50 yards, and sends it to Eriksson down the left.  Eriksson holds it, then plays it back onto Jess' diagonal run.  Jess strikes a nice pass to Martin, who has a tiny window from 10 yards, and lets it rip... and it's in!  Shot into the far corner, Dean Edward Martin with a terrific strike puts us up 2!

Legg on for Asprilla, as we go to 2 defensive midfielders.  And Spicer in for Eriksson to preserve his legs.

60'- A cross finds a Tranmere striker at 8 yards... he's open and has space, but fires it right at Kruse, who pounds it away.

77'- Another Rovers header off a corner kick comes back off the crossbar, and the rebound attempt is stuffed by Kruse... Ireland eventually clears after several players fail to control it.

81'- Spicer chases down a long ball on the left, and feeds a good cross to Martin, who strikes it with power, but just misses the corner.

The final minutes tick away, and we take the win!  An impressive outing by Lukas Kruse, who picks up a 9 and MoM honors.  I'm quite excited that we were able to beat most of Tranmere's first squad with what is essentially our second team.  Kruse had a big part of that, however.  Dakinah, Eriksson, and Jess all picked up 8's, as Hunt finished with a 5.  Quite rare I'll leave someone out there an entire match with a 5, but I really didn't have many options in this one.

Win, 2-0, up 2 spots to 8th
Shots/on target: Posh 6/2, Rovers 16/8
Poss: 51-49, Posh
A: 7,260
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