London Road is still seeing bags full of goals as Posh stunned everyone including themselves to claim their biggest ever result at Championship level
The East Anglian derby is always an entertaining one and this game proved to be no different. Posh have a good record against Ipswich when they visit London Road with the boys in blue winning 3-1 to claim one of their few wins in The Championship last time the two sides met. Although I doubt anyone would have predicted such an outstanding result at the start of the day.
Ipswich were named as one of the favourites for promotion at the start of the season after splashing the cash and adding stars such as Micheal Chopra, Lee Bowyer and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to their ranks however their results hadn’t really gone to plan so far. The Tractor Boys had topped the league on week one after beating Bristol City 3-0 but things have gone downhill since then after losing to Northampton 2-1 in the Carling Cup and being thrashed by Southampton 5-2 in midweek. Posh on the other hand were on a high after fighting back from 2-0 down at The Den in the week.
There were few changes in the Posh squad who had made a surprising impact on The Championship already. Paul Taylor impressed everyone when he turned the game around for Posh against Millwall in midweek and was rewarded by being given his first start for the squad. Gabriel Zakuani remained sidelined with a toe injury so Scott Wootton continued to partner Ryan Bennett in the back-line and despite rumours new signing Ben Gordon would be handed a debut he started on the bench.
Like normal when at home it was Posh who came out of the blocks the strongest with Grant McCann having a free-kick tipped over the bar and Ryan Bennett having a goal bound header cleared off the line. Yet this was a closely battled start with Ipswich having their own chances when Micheal Chopra and Lee Martin both had shots at goal which went slightly wide. It was 23 minutes before the deadlock was broken when a volley by Keith Andrews was sent flying into the back of the net with a little help from the inside of the post. But the lead only lasted for seven minutes as Taylor hit a stunning 25-yard strike into the top corner of the Ipswich goal.
This goal spurred on both the Posh fans and squad and they had more to cheer about 39 minutes minutes into the game when Lee Tomlin curled yet another stunning goal into the net. Two minutes later it was Taylor finding the net again sprinting past his defender and chipping the ball over David Stockdale. Ipswich had completely broken down by this point and almost from kick-off it was 4-1 as Tomlin added to his tally by coolly slotting home on 42 minutes. No one could believe what was happening before their eyes Posh had come from a goal down to completely obliterate Ipswich and their fate went from bad to worse as Martin was shown what seemed to be a harsh red card for a late tackle on Mark Little. The break couldn’t come quick enough for the Ipswich side who needed to drastically pull themselves together again.
Ipswich made a sub at the start of the second half as Tommy Smith came on to replace Josh Carson however Smith only stayed on the pitch for a minute as he was shown a red card for bringing down Lee Tomlin on the edge of the box although to add to Peterborough’s luck referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot. Captain McCann stepped up and held his composure as he drilled the ball home to make it 5-1. And McCann made more of an impact of the game on 56 minutes as he hit a low shot which was deflected into the net.
Ipswich were completely outnumbered and just weren’t seeing the ball anymore as the pace of the game turned more into a pre-season friendly with Posh passing the ball all over the field and practising their shooting form every angle. If it wasn’t for the remarked Stockdale in goal Posh’s tally could have easily been in double figures by now. Posh were becoming ever frustrated that they were no longer putting the goals away and seemed to be running out of ideas as they continuously passed the ball down the flanks only for their runs to be foiled by the eight-man strong Ipswich defence. Finally in the last minute of the game the lucky seventh goal came when Tomlin slotted home from close range to destroy the heart of Stockdale who spent the last few seconds of the match with his head in his hands after taking as much as he could handle.
Final whistle, 7-1! That’s not something you read about every week, especially not at this level. To be fair although the scoreline was huge the match was definately not fun to watch, Ipswich didn’t even show up in the second half. Credit to their fans they stayed until the final whistle however Ipswich have now let in 12 goals in two games the pressure is most certainly on Paul Jewell. For Posh this was a great result which pushed them up to fifth and greatly increased their goal difference which could really come in handy in the months to come. Brighton are up next, that will definitely be a toughie.
Paul Jones – Stood no chance of saving the Ipswich goal and unsurprisingly had little to do all game apart enjoy the view of the game.
Craig Alcock – Really got involved in the attacking side of the game as the match went on. Made some powerful runs down the wing and added some much needed width to the side.
Mark Little – Was as impressive as ever. Not only did he do his job at defending magnificently he also created many of the chances today and was rewarded with a break when the game was in the bag.
Ryan Bennett – Didn’t really have much to do at the back and was unlucky not to score in the first half. Forming a strong partnership at the back with Wootton.
Scott Wootton – Enjoyed quite a laid back game as he manned the back on his own mist of the game. Made some important tackles when called upon.
Tommy Rowe – Didn’t really stand out. Seemed quite quiet throughout the game and was rarely seen on the ball.
Grant McCann – Great leader of the team. Commanded midfield and made sure Ipswich had no chance of getting through. Great free-kicks and corners as always.
Lee Frecklington – Stood strong in the centre of misfield and pushed the game forward. Forming a strong partnership with McCann.
George Boyd – Seemed frustrated to not get on the score sheet but was instrumental in creating the chances. Was back to his normal self today although still likes to dive.
Lee Tomlin – Made up for his poor games previous by not only scoring but creating goals. Had his speed and confidence back today as he was racing towards defenders effortlessly.
Paul Taylor – Had an amazing game. Is really making a name for himself, is quick, strong, creative and not scared to get stuck in. Very promising player.
Ben Gordon (sub for Little, 60mins) – A dream debut for him. Followed in Little’s footsteps by racing down the wing and pinged in some great crosses.
Josh Thompson (sub for Bennett, 60mins) – Wasn’t needed when he came on. Was able to push forward and playfully pass the ball around without any trouble.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (sub for Frecklington, 62mins) – Looked very creative when he came on. Has some serious pace and was unlucky not to score.
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