Peterborough United v Port Vale
Saturday 10th September 2016
At London Road
Vale left it late to pick up a well-deserved point from London Road when Alex Jones fired home from the penalty spot to level the scores with his second goal of the game.
It was Jones who had opened the scoring in the 6th minute when he slammed the ball into the roof of the net to claim his third goal in Vale colours, only for the home side to level through George Moncur two minutes later.
Moncur hit his and Peterborough’s second in the 83rd minute and the home side must have thought they had secured all three points, but Vale were having none of it and their equaliser was nothing less than they deserved from the game.
Bruno Ribeiro made three changes to the Vale side beaten comprehensively at Bury in their previous fixture, with the return of influential midfielder Anthony Grant perhaps the most welcome addition to the side.
He was joined by Paulo Tavarees, who just about made the bench against Bury after being missing through injury and Martin Paterson, starting for the first time since signing recently.
There were similarities to last week’s game at Gigg Lane, with the rain falling down quite heavily in Cambridgeshire, and we also had an opening goal in the 6th minute – fortunately, this time it was in Vale’s favour.
GOAL:A right-wing cross from Ben Purkiss was nodded down at the back post by Remie Streete and ALEX JONES steadied himself before hammering the ball into the roof of the net.
GOAL:Unfortunately, for the Vale the home side were level within two minutes, when the defence w+as cut open like a hot knife through butter, and George Moncur fired past the diving Jak Alnwick and inside his left hand upright.
The home side continued to have the better of things in terms of possession, but Vale didn’t look too troubled at the back, getting bodies in where and when it mattered.
Vale attacked sporadically, but didn’t do enough to trouble the hoe defence too often, but in the 30th minute they had the ball in the Peterborough net again, only for the referee to spot an infringement.
Jerome Thomas got hold of the ball on the left flank and sent an inviting cross into the box. Jones showed a physical side to his game when he bustled past the defender, stooping slightly to head home.
The referee’s whistle was blown immediately to rule out the ‘goal’, adjudging the slightly built Jones to have used too much force in order to get to the ball.
Vale were giving away too many free kicks twenty yards or so from goal and the home side almost capitalised on 40 minutes when Michael Bostwick received a short pass and drove the ball through a sea of bodies, but Alnwick saw it clearly and got down to his right to make the save.
Vale defender Nathan Smith almost put Vale in front when he got on the end of a right wing cross form Jones, only to see his header held under the crossbar by Posh ‘keeper Luke McGee.
Six minutes after the interval the home side should have gone in front when Moncur found space inside the Vale box and slid the ball back into the path of Hughes, whose first time shot was well saved by Alnwick.
Vale were having a lot of the ball in the second half without really threatening Peterborough, who still looked the more likely of the two to get the next goal.
The home side were playing some great football at times and only they will know how they failed to put one of the several chances they created away.
There were chances at both ends of the pitch to go on and win the match yet as the game went on it looked more and more like a stalemate.
GOAL:That all changed on 83 minutes however, when the ball was slipped into the path of Moncur, who made no mistake, drilling the ball hard and low past Alnwick from 15 yards.
There was still time for drama, however and in the fourth minute of stoppage time Vale were awarded a penalty when Smith twice went close to scoring, his send attempt handled on the line by Hughes.
GOAL:The Peterborough man was given his marching orders and ALEX JONES calmly placed the ball on the spot and blasted home the equaliser.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED: Luke McGee, Michael Smith, Andrew Hughes, Michael Bostwick, Jack Baldwin, Gwion Edwards, Chris Forrester, Marcus Madison, Jermaine Anderson, Tom Nichols, George Moncour. SUBS: Mark Tyler, Ryan Tafazolli, Paul Taylor, Leo Da Silva Lopes, Hayden White, Nathan Oduwa, Deon Moore
PORT VALE: Jak Alnwick, Ben Purkiss, Remie Streete, Kjell Knops, Paulo Tavares, Sam Foley, Martin Paterson, Jerome Thomas, Nathan Smith, Alex Jones, Anthony Grant. SUBS: Miguel Santos, Calvin Mac-Intosch, Regino Cicilia, Kiko, Quentin Pereira, Sebastien Amoros, Sam Hart