Another brace for Billy
• Rowe 86'
• Hooiveld 5′ • Sharp 10′,56'
Tuesday, 17th April 2012
London Road Stadium
Match Report :
How quickly things change in this division. After Reading slightly denting the feelgood factor of Saints fans on Friday night (well, it was Friday 13th after all), Saints bounced back with a thoroughly professional performance at Peterborough.
Added to which, after thrashing Brighton 6-0 last Saturday West Ham were held 1-1 at Bristol City. So, if they do anything other than win their last two games against Leicester away on Monday, or at home to Hull on the last day, then Saints will go up.
Of course, if Saints were to win at Middlesbrough tomorrow, then the whole thing becomes academic and we can all breathe again.
For this game it was very much 'as you were' on the personnel front. If you look at the match stats the team had nowhere near as many shots on goal as against Reading, but in truth were never really in danger of doing anything other than winning.
Saints won a corner on the right within the first five minutes and from Danny Fox's cross Jos Hooiveld rose majestically above the Peterborough defence and headed home. that settled any nerves there may have been coming into the game so soon after Friday night's game and the team never really looked back.
Five minutes later Billy Sharp scored from a Chaplow lay-off after receiving an exquisite cross by Lallana from the byline.
Sharp was on the mark again in the second half when, just short of the 60th minute, Lallana cleverly laid off to the completely unmarked Saints striker to his left in the penalty area and the ball was duly thumped into the net.
That was effectively that, although Peterborough did have their chances, with Davis pulling off a couple of good saves. Eventually, in the dying minutes of the game, Rowe managed to latch on to a ball bouncing around the Saints penalty area and poke it past Davis for a consolation goal.
Nigel Adkins was understandably pleased after the game :
"It was a thoroughly professional display and an excellent response to the defeat against Reading on Friday.
We are not concerning ourselves with results elsewhere or the amount of points we may need to secure promotion.
We have two matches left and we want to put six more points on the board. Our aim has always been to be champions and that hasn't changed."
Attendance : 9,478
17 Newell (McCann - 72' )
23 Frecklington (Little - 76' )
26 Hooiveld (Martin - 63' )
11 Sharp (Guly - 87' )
33 De Ridder