Saints Ease Past Posh
• Chaplow 14 • Hooiveld 17
• Sinclair 76
Tuesday, 1st November 2011
Match Report :
What at one stage looked a breeze, when Saints were 2-0 up after 16 minutes, turned out to be a bit laboured after Posh had a player sent off and decided for much of the match to just not play. Saints took that as a sign that it was fine to have a rest themselves.
The biggest disappointment was the crowd of only 21,350, but I suppose it was no real surprise, given that the match was midweek, against a less than fashionable side and followed hot on the heels of the Middlesbrough game.
Statistically, this game was never going to be 0-0, but Saints looked threatening from the off. The first goal came rather easily following a lovely weighted pass from Guly, which split the defence and left Chaplow with a relatively simple tap-in. The Posh fans are apparently quite used to conceding early goals, so this would have come as no surprise to them.
Very shortly after the second Saints goal duly arrived. rickie Lambert took a free kick a short distance outside the penalty area and right in front of goal. Instead of blasting it, there followed a passage of play right off the pitch at Staplewood and it ended with Hooiveld putting the ball in the net.
Just over a quarter of an hour gone and Posh looked demoralised and well beaten. They were second best in every department. Was this going to be a repeat of Saturday, or could we score even more goals?
Shortly after they were unlucky not to be three up with a fine strike from Rickie Lambert drawing an equally fine save from the Posh keeper, Jones.
That was as good as it got though. Posh's Lee Fracklington had been running around like the proverbial headless chicken and had been shown a yellow card for his efforts very early on. He then committed a really clumsy challenge on Schneiderlin, right in front of the ref. The inevitable happened and a second yellow was shown, followed by a red. Idiotic.
Ferguson clearly decided on damage limitation and the Posh's tactics for the majority of the rest of the game was to have everyone behind the ball in a row of five and a second row of four. Chances still came for Saints and Jones saved from Lambert on at least two further occasions, but the Saints passing after the break became slower and slower, as they failed to break down Posh's desperate rearguard action.
They were not quite showboating, but some said that it wasn't only Fox and Butterfield that were being rested, the whole team were.
Eventually the almost inevitable happened and Posh saw a gap and broke with pace, ending with Sinclair putting the ball past Davis. After this Posh felt encouraged to take the game to Saints and the last fifteen minutes, or so became a little tense.
Even so, almost at the death Saints could have scored again, with a shot from Steve De Ridder going millimetres wide of the far post.
The final whistle came almost as a relief in a match which they should have won at a canter, but was ruined by Frecklington's sending off.
Referee : Ward
Attendance : 21,350
06 Fonte (yellow card)
10 Guly (De Ridder 46)
18 Chaplow (Cork 89)
20 Lallana (Connolly 63)
21 Bialkowski, 16 Martin, 08 Cork, 33 De Ridder, 22 Connolly
14 Rowe (Ball 80)
16 Tunnicliffe (Sinclair 51)
23 Frecklington (two yellow cards, red card)
10 Boyd (yellow card)
26 Taylor (Kearns 66)
01 Lewis, 20 Thompson, 21 Kearns, 09 Ball, 12 Sinclair