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20:33 8th March 2011

Harsh Defeat

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Notts County were harshly defeated by Peterborough United this evening at Meadow Lane in a 1-0 scoreline.

Both sides had chances to go in front in the opening 45 but the scores were tied at the break. It wasn't until 58 minutes that Charlie Lee gave the visitors the lead and that ultimately proved to be the winning strike.

The Tuesday night fixture with Darren Ferguson's high flyers gave Notts the perfect chance to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Leyton Orient at the weekend. Paul Ince was boosted by the return of several key figures, ahead of what was set to be a stern test for his side.

Stephen Darby was named in the starting line-up, following his comeback from an ankle injury, and Mike Edwards and Jon Harley joined him in the backline, after serving their one-match bans. Njogu Demba-Nyren, who made his debut on Saturday, was handed a start but there was no place in the squad for Krystian Pearce, due to a head injury picked up in training.

In an even start to the match, Notts had the better of the half chances. Demba's hit was blocked by the face of Charlie Lee, Edwards threatened with a header and Kevin McDonald volleyed over from range.

At the other end, Stuart Nelson was troubled by a looping ball into the box, which forced him into a trio of stops, as he rushed around his area. With the help of his rearguard, the danger was cleared and the scores remained level.

Demba was impressing the home faithful with some tidy footwork and hold-up play and he might have added his name to the scoresheet early on. Stephen Darby's deep cross was just too high for him but he tested Posh stopper Joe Lewis with a low strike from the edge of the box, rounding off a quick passing move down the left flank.

Peterborough captain Grant McCann came closest to breaking the deadlock, when Neal Bishop gave away a free kick 25 yards out. The midfielder beat the wall with his effort but was denied by the woodwork.

During their best spell of the game to this point, Posh had two more attempts. Boyd, drifting inside from the left, forced Nelson into a low save with his shot towards the bottom corner and Craig Mackail-Smith's inventive flick had to be watched closely by the in-form goalkeeper.

On the break, Alan Gow almost set Demba free, though the better option appeared to be Ricky Ravenhill, who had galloped into space down the right. However, Demba almost sent the Magpies in at the interval ahead, when he struck inches over the bar.

Notts opened the second period looking bright and a sharp series of link ups in the opposing box almost led to a goal. Gow was eventually presented with the ball eight yards out and he forced Lewis to grip well with a powerful drive towards the bottom corner.

Despite the early dominance, Posh went one up via a counter attack. Carrying the ball deep into the Notts half without being challenged, Lee's hopeful punt dipped into the top corner.

Notts were forced into one change and opted to make another. Ravenhill limped off injured, leading to the introduction of Ivan Sproule, and Febian Brandy was handed his debut at the expense of Craig Westcarr.

Sproule almost made an impact from the right with an ambitious drive but only managed to find the stands. Brandy's trickery and running created an opening for Bishop, only McCann's challenge took the power out of his attempt.

With eight minutes left on the clock, Kevin McDonald thought he'd dragged the Magpies level. Cross-field build-up allowed the midfielder room to shoot but his strike was somehow turned away by Lewis.

As the fixture inched towards added time, Demba had another unsuccessful attempt, as he volleyed wide from Gow's corner. And, it proved to be one defensive lapse that cost Notts on an evening where they matched their promotion chasing opponents.


Attendance: 5,714 (1,412 Peterborough United supporters)

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