Date: 31st January 2007 at 1:06am
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A late goal by Blair Sturrock ensures Town get a share of the points at London Road. Elsewhere, Walsall beat Macclesfield 2-0 this evening, taking them 3 points clear of Swindon Town at the top of League 2.

Peterborough United V. Swindon Town

It wasn’t the happiest night to be a Swindon Town fan but going into the game, most Swindon fans would have happily taken the 1-1 draw which ended up being the final result.

Peterborough saw the best of the play in the first half and did not look like a team that had lost their last 8 games.


Player Ratings

Phil Smith – 7
Typical Phil Smith performance. Was solid in goal and pulled off some decent saves.

Jerel Ifil – 7
Done his part at the back and couldn’t be faulted for the goal. Played very well and proved why he is a key player at the heart of Town’s defence.

Jack Smith – 7
Much like Ifil, If it wasn’t for Smith we would be mid table or below. With the lack of goals coming from Swindon, the defenders have to be solid, and they were.

Sofiene Zaaboub – 6
A bit of trickery but fairly quiet on the night. Did get stuck in with some decent runs and put in some decent crosses.

Andy Nicholas – 6
Did ok before leaving the game concussed. Has been solid replacing Jamie Vincent who is suffering from a broken cheekbone.

*Ady Williams – 8
Kept the defence solid at the back. Jerel Ifil also did his bit to help the cause.

Michael Timlin – 6
Has been very quiet the last few games and looks to have slowed his game down a bit. Hopefully he finds the form he had shortly after his arrival to Swindon.

Michael Pook – 5
Threw himself around and managed to clear the ball a few times, Was very quiet on the night and spent a fair portion of the match on the ground.

Ricky Shakes – 6
Made some runs down the wings and his crossing looked pretty good again. He lacked the spark he had Saturday though.

Lee Peacock – 7
Typical hard working performance from Town’s number 10, Ran his socks off, was unlucky not to score.

Christian Roberts – 6
Worked hard but didn’t ever really looked like scoring.

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Manager Rating
Paul Sturrock (7) – Sturrock tried several system changes during the match to counter attack against an impressive looking Peterborough side. Town at one stage had 4 strikers on the pitch. A lack of goals appears to still be Swindon’s downfall. Sturrock has noted he is looking to bring in another forward.

Opponent Rating
Darren Ferguson (8) – It was always going to happen. Normally when a new manager takes charge their is a new sense of optomism in the dressing room and you could sense it. The Posh certainly did not look like a side who have lost 8 on the bounce. The Posh have managed to hold their own against Lincoln and Swindon, 2 promotion chasing teams. I would not be surprised if Peterborough finish in the Top 10 of the League 2 table.

Paul Sturrock Match Reaction
We have tried about four different system changes in that second half but the problem was when we scored we had about six forwards on the pitch. The training ground hasn’t been good enough for us to get out there and work our systems properly.

“I thought Peterborough did very well. They went out to impress the new manager and the squad that they have belies their league possession.

“We lost Andy Nicholas with concussion at half-time so the back four was a little unsettled in the second period. It looked weird and wonderful shape wise at times, but the key is to get the ball in the box and we managed that.

“Our final cross let us down because we got in some great positions in the first half. My team are learning how to grind out results and we did that in the end.”

“Hopefully we will be able to add to the squad. There maybe one permanent addition and one loan move coming in – but we shall see what comes by the end of tomorrow. One of them is very close to a move and the other will be touch and go whether we make it by the deadline,”

Darren Ferguson Match Reaction
‘We have to win our home games if we are to challenge this season, so a 1-1 draw is not a good result. However, I have to praise the players for their effort, commitment and also for their performance. The first 25 minutes we were very slow and that was not good and Swindon were on top, but for the rest of the first half and certainly in the second period, I felt we were the better side.

‘We have played Lincoln and Swindon over the last few days, sides that are in the automatic promotion places and held our own and we should really have collected four points from those matches. The lads are starting to get their self-belief back and we just need a bit of good fortune.

‘I know I keep going on about it, but we just need that bit of luck and a win and when that happens, I am confident we can go on a good run of results. The lads remain confident and we now look forward to travelling to Bristol Rovers this weekend,’ Ferguson said. Guy Branston missed the game due to a calf strain, but is expected to be fit for the trip to the Memorial Stadium.

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