LIVE: FULL-TIME: FLEETWOOD TOWN 2, PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1: Posh winning streak ends in frustrating fashion at Fleetwood
Peterborough United’s League One winning streak came to a frustrating, but deserved, end at Fleetwood Town today (February 15).
Posh badly missed suspended top scorer Ivan Toney as they went down 2-1, the winning goal arriving 14 minutes from time from Wes Burns after Dan Butler had equalised for Posh early in the second-half with his first goal for the club.
Posh had missed a great chance to open the scoring in the seventh minute when Mo Eisa failed miserably to convert a penalty. Eight minutes later and Callum Connolly had fired the home side in front.
Eisa missed the golden opportunity from the spot after home ‘keeper Alex Cairns had fouled Siriki Dembele. It was a shock to see a striker without a goal since early December step up to take the spot-kick when more confident players were on the pitch and his attempt was weak and easily saved by Cairns.
Of course Toney is the regular Posh penalty taker and Eisa follows Marcus Maddison and Michael Bostwick as Posh men to miss penalties on this ground in recent seasons.
And Posh were punished further in the 15th minute when Danny Andrew’s simple pass found Connelly in the clear and he finished emphatically.
The first goal is always crucial in Posh games. Posh have yet to win a match after falling behind this season and the home side just sat back and watched their visitors overhit numerous passes straight to Cairns as Posh failed to utilise a very strong wind at their backs.
Fleetwood, who were superbly disciplined and organised defensively, did much better with far less possession. Crosses from the right from Paddy Madden and Wes Burns caused problems and one astute pass from Barrie McKay sent Burns scuttling through on goal, but he shot high and wide.
Posh changed formation 10 minutes before the break with Nathan Thompson joining Mark Beevers at the heart of a 4-4-1-1 with Szmodics tasked to support Eisa and Dembele moving to the wing.
Dembele dribbled well in the final minute to enable Joe Ward to send over a cross that was met by Eisa, but blocked behind for a corner.
It was a game between two in-form teams at Highbury. Posh had won their last six League One matches, while Fleetwood were unbeaten in their last six, having won their last three.
Fleetwood enjoyed the benefit of the elements after the break. If anything the wind had grown stronger, and Andrew came close to scoring a second with a cracking strike from 20 yards which hit the inside of the post and rebounded to safety.
But it was Posh who found the second goal of the game and from a most unlikely source.
There seemed little for Fleetwood to worry about when Butler accepted Jack Taylor’s short pass, but he advanced before unleasing a fierce low 25 yarder which fizzed into the corner of the net in the 55th minute.
Posh, who resorted to their starting formation for the second-half, were playing better into the wind and wanted a second penalty when lively substitute Idris Kanu went down after slipping the ball between two defenders, but nothing was given to the annoyance of Posh boss Darren Ferguson.
And that became a costly non-decision 15 minutes from time when home forward Burns burst past Butler and Mason into the penalty area before drilling a fine finish past Christy Pym. Pym had earlied done well to hold a well-struck Madden shot.
The game drifted to an inevitable conclusion after that with only a tame Kanu shot troubling Cairns.
Ferguson’s frustration boiled over late on when he was cautioned for contesting a throw-in which clearly should have been Posh’s.
Fleetwood deserved their victory through, a second over Posh this season.
Posh: Christy Pym, Nathan Thompson, Mark Beevers, Niall Mason (sub Ricky-Jade Jones, 83 mins); Joe Ward, Josh Knight, Jack Taylor, Dan Butler: Sammie Szmodics, Siriki Dembele, Mo Eisa (sub Idris Kanu, 64 mins).
Unused substitutes: Aaron Chapman, George Boyd, Rhys Bennett, Louis Reed, Serhat Tasdemir.
Fleetwood: Alex Cairns, Lewie Coyle (sub Isak Thorvaldsson, 84 mins), Danny Andrew, Harry Soutter, Callum Connelly (sub, Jack Sowerby, 64 mins), Lewis Gibson, Glenn Whelan, Paul Coutts, Barrie McKay (sub Josh Morris, 72 mins), Wes Burns, Paddy Madden.
Unused substitutes: Billy Crelling, Harrison Biggins, Harvey Saunders, James Hill.
Goals: Posh - Butler (55 mins)
Fleetwood Connolly (15 mins), Burns (76 mins).
Cautions: Posh - Thompson (foul), Ferguson (manager, dissent).
Fleetwood - McKay (foul), Cairns (foul).
Referee: Martin Coy 6
Attendance: 2,801 (273 Posh).