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Boring Boring Boro Peterborough United 5

A thriller at London Road, not for the first time this season, saw Posh run out 5-3 winners against Sheffield Wednesday in a game that had everything.Darren Ferguson started with the same personnel and diamond formation that he had chosen to use for the last three games. Paul Jones, signed on deadline day, took his place on the bench but David Ball, also a late deadline day signing, mi sed out as the paper-work for his transfer was not completed in time.Alan Irvine, who is under big pre sure at Hillsborough, has chosen to rotate his squad on a regular basis, choosing to select teams that will best suit against the opposition that Wednesday are facing, and the former Preston bo s made five changes to his line-up once again for this fixture, setting up in a 4-1-3-2 formation.Peterborough United fans had seen their side capitulate Jason Zucker Jersey against sides who were also challengers for promotion this season on a regular basis; nonethele s, with Ferguson at the helm, an appointment which seems to have brought a new energy to the club, many fans were quietly optimistic for the fixture. Wednesday, however, started the better of the two sides. Neil Mellor wasted a good chance in the early stages, from a cheaply conceded corner but the away side continued to threaten as Posh struggled to deal with the width being provided by Jermaine Johnson on the left-hand side. And, indeed, this width was the cause of Posh conceding. When the ball was played out to the skilful winger he had far too much space to run into, with James Wesolowski playing on the right-hand prong of the diamond failing to track back and completely exposing Chris Whelpdale at right back. Immediately as JERMAINE JOHNSON picked the ball up his natural instinct was to try to capitalise on this one-on-one situation and he rounded Whelpdale far too easily, as the defender seemed insistent on backing-off, cut inside and struck a low shot beyond Lewis. Posh were behind after 5 minutes and after losing heavily to Charlton and Brighton already at London Road the warning signs were that this could be repeat performance from Posh. The goal had highlighted the defensive weakne ses that had plagued the side this season and that had left many fans questioning why the club hadnt brought in at least one defender during the transfer window.This time, though, Posh reacted well to the Jonas Brodin Jersey goal. Boyd, Tomlin and Mackail-Smith were all threatening in the attacking stages of the pitch and Nicky Weaver, in the Sheffield Wednesday goal, was called into the action for the first time in the match as Boyd, whos form has not been up to his own phenomenal standards of late, unleashed a long-range effort which the former Manchester City keeper could only parry.Johnson had clearly spotted that by staying out wide, on the left hand-side, he was causing Posh problems and as the hosts continued to push men forward to try to find an elusive equaliser he was proving a valuable outlet on the counter attack. By utilising the space he was being granted Wednesday always had a potent option and Whelpdale was struggling to deal with the evasive winger. And because of this Wednesday should have extended their advantage but Neil Mellor, once a Liverpool Champions League hero, could not finish after a good cro s from Johnson.Posh continued to threaten and some of the movement going forward was as good as it had been all season. When Lee Tomlin picked up the ball 30 yards out and was allowed to run at the Wednesday defence Andrew Hammond Women Jersey , with Giles Coke out of his protective role in front of the back four, it was clear to everyone who had been at London Road this season what his intentions would be. A quick touch out of his feet and a rasping effort was saved well from Nicky Weaver but he could only push the ball back into play and CRAIG MACKAIL-SMITH simply followed up the rebound for an easy finish.There was a definite sense of relief around London Road now but the game still hung in the balance. Johnson was continuing to be the influential player in Sheffield Wednesday offensive play and when he found space again, with the London Road crowd screaming at Whelpdale to stop drifting inside, he capitalised. Slotting the ball back inside for Giles Coke who tried Gabriel Dumont Jersey an audacious shot from distance, which was spectacularly blocked by Charlie Lee, but the deflection took the ball straight into the feet of GARY MADINE who was composed and slotted the ball beyond Lewis reach to give the visitors an advantage.Just as quickly as Wednesday had seized the advantage for the second time in the match, after Posh had scored, the hosts had equalised again. This time Posh broke quickly and when Lee Tomlin slotted GEORGE BOYD through on goal, with the visitors defence out of position, the White Pele smashed his shot beyond Nicky Weaver and into the back of the net. In-truth the Wednesday stopper arguably should have done better with the effort but the defending in-front of him had been poor to allow Boyd so much room to fire his shot on target.Amazingly only 25 minutes had been played and already this game had had as much action as most games have in an entire ninety minutes. Surely, then there couldnt be any more goals before half-time? However this was being played at London Road, a stadium that has now seen 69 goals scored in just 14 games, so it shouldnt have been too much of a surprise when Wednesday took the lead for a third time in the match. Posh again were to blame for their own downfall. This time James Wesolowski tried to play a pa s to switch play but it was under-hit and easy to intercept, leaving CHRIS SEDGEWICK room to run at the Peterborough defence, instead he chose to exchange pa ses with Neil Mellor before finding himself in a dangerous position and he duly obliged; smashing a finish into the far corner of Lewis net.Even now both sides were still attacking and could have had more goals before the half-time whistle. Lee Tomlin, who seemed determined to get on the score-sheet, went close with a typically powerful long-range drive; this time the ball flew just over the cro s-bar. Before Jermaine Johnson again rounded Whelpdale to create space for himself but this time he dragged his shot wide.As the half-time whistle blew it had been an all too familiar first half display by Posh this season. Again, going forward the side had looked fantastic but now the side knew they would have to score four goals to win the match; a tough ask against anyteam but one made even harder by the fact that Mike Reilly Women Jersey Sheffield Wednesday are also aiming for an immediate return to the Championship themselves. Posh had been overly reliant on their attacking force this season and again they were going to have to hope that the potency of the offensive play could dig them out of a hole that they had dug for themselves.It was a relief to Posh to see that Jermaine Johnson did

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