Posh v Carlisle Utd 1st Rd 8 Nov 2014

Venue: London Road, Peterborough

Attendance: 3,168

Score: Peterborough Utd 2 v Carlisle Utd 1

Officials: Scott Mathieson, David Plowright, David Rock and Adam Crysell

What looked on paper an easy game turned out to be a rather more difficult fixture for the Posh.

In fact Posh fell behind after just eight minutes and it was a terrible goal for Darren Ferguson’s men to concede. Christian Burgess’s initial poor header was compounded when Michael Bostwick and Michael Smith both failed to clear and Derek Asamoah hooked a volley over keeper Ben Alnwick and into the back of the net.

Posh appealed in vain for a spot-kick on 14 minutes as Taylor’s cross appeared to strike the arm of Robson, but nothing was given.

Vassell then hooked a shot wide of the near post from another Taylor delivery. Bostwick was denied by a superb stop from Hanford on 19 minutes, the Cumbrian’s shot-stopper pushing the effort around the post.

Meppen-Walter fired wide after a free-kick was allowed to reach the centre back 10-yards from goal.

Washington saw a shot blocked after a good turn on the edge of the box on 31 minutes.

Bostwick fired wide after a good pull back from Taylor moments later.

On 42 minutes, Posh levelled the scores as a deep corner from Newell was met by Christian Burgess who powered home a header into the corner for his first goal for the club.

A deflected free-kick from Grainger was tipped over by Alnwick as the first half moved into stoppage time. Alnwick made another excellent stop to deny Robson moments after the re-start after he had beaten Smith in the build-up.

A jinking run from Taylor saw him make his way into the penalty box on 53 minutes, but his shot went into the side-netting.

Mendez-Laing was denied by Hanford by his near post before Robson whistled a cross-shot across the six-yard box.

Posh made a change on 65 minutes with Erhun Oztumer replacing Mendez-Laing. Bostwick fired wide on 71 minutes after a patient Posh build-up.

On 78 minutes a snap-shot from Taylor was beaten away by Hanford as Posh pressed.

The Posh finally secured their spot in round two of the FA Cup with a late winner from Christian Burgess who netted a winner a minute into stoppage time to send Darren Ferguson’s men into the hat.

Teams:

The Posh: Ben Alnwick, Michael Smith, Michael Bostwick, Jon Taylor, Jack Payne, Kyle Vassell, Conor Washington, Joe Newell, Nathan Mendez-Laing (sub Erhun Oztumer 64min), Christian Burgess, Ricardo Almeida Santos.

Unused subs: Dion Henry, Luke James, Grant McCann, Jermaine Anderson, Kane Ferdinand, Kenneth McEvoy.

Carlisle United: Hanford, Grainger, Robson (sub Amoo 75min), Sweeney (sub Beck 90min), Dicker, Meppen-Walter, Potts, Dempsey, Derek Asamoah (sub Kearns 87min), Brown, Anderson.

Unused subs: Eccles,  Paynter,  Brough, Illiev.

Bookings: Kyle Vassell (Posh)

Goal Scorers: The Posh – Christian Burgess (2) 42 & 91 mins, Carlisle – Derek Asamoah 8 mins