Peterborough United brought their run of eight games without a home win to an end on Tuesday night, as Rhys Bennett’s header sealed a 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town.
Steve Evans made four changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Accrington Stanley on Saturday. Matty Godden, Jason Cummings, Mark O’Hara and Jason Naismith made way for Jamie Walker, Louis Reed, Marcus Maddison and Ivan Toney.
The game started slowly at London Road, with long shots from Jamie Walker and Kyle Dempsey the only efforts in the opening stages of the game.
Posh’s exciting winger Siriki Dembele made himself a nuisance for Fleetwood defender Lewie Coyle, and curled an effort just wide with just over 30 minutes gone, after some good link up play with striker Toney.
The second half got off to a faster start, with The Posh breaking the deadlock just six minutes into the half. Louis Reed’s brilliant corner was powered beyond the ‘keeper, with several blue shirts queuing up to get their head to Reed’s delivery.
Peterborough United had a goal ruled offside, after Marcus Maddison’s delivery was turned in on the volley by striker Ivan Toney. However, replays show that the former Newcastle United striker was in an onside position as Maddison’s cross came in.
Joey Barton subbed on striker Chris Long and Jason Holt to try and turn the game around, but his side were restricted to limited chances as Posh held on. Peterborough ‘keeper Aaron Chapman – who has come under fire for some of his performances in recent weeks – pulled off a brilliant save, tipping Wes Burns’ effort past the post after some good play from Barton’s side.
Barton will be disappointed his side couldn’t take advantage of Posh’s poor home form, but Steve Evans’ much changed side managed to seal three points at home for the first time since their 3-1 win over Luton Town on August 18th.