Stoke City v Posh Nationwide League Division 2 – 16 March 2002
Venue: The Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent
Score: Peterborough Utd 0 v Stoke City 1
Referee: Roger Furnandiz
A solitary goal from Arnar Gunnlaugsson ensured that Stoke City completed the “double” over the Posh at the Britannia Stadium, but Barry Fry’s side only had themselves to blame with Jimmy Bullard sending a penalty wide with little under 20 minutes remaining.
Mark Tyler was called into action after just two minutes when he needed to be at full stretch to tip a Chris Iwelumo snapshot onto the post, and the Posh goalkeeper was relieved to see Gunnlaugsson send the rebound rippling into the side netting when well placed.
Bjarni Gudjonsson robbed debutant Alan Kimble of the ball on the right flank with 10 minutes on the clock, before delivering a sizzling cross to the far post where Gunnlaugsson volleyed powerfully into the corner to redeem his earlier Scupper.
Posh looked for a quick reply and it took a reflex save from Neil Cutler to tip a Helgi Danielsson half volley over the bar, after Leon McKenzie had headed on another Alan Kimble flag-kick.
Kimble produced a superb challenge to thwart Iwelumo’s run on goal after Clive Clarke had pumped a long ball forward on 34 minutes, and moments later David Oldfield directed a low shot just wide of the goal as the action switched to the other end.
The Potters pressurised the visiting defence in the early stages of the second period and saw skipper Brynjar Gunnarsson drag a shot wide, before Goodfellow weaved his way through the rearguard only to fire tamely at Tyler.
Posh had penalty appeals rejected by referee Roger Furnandiz when McKenzie appeared to be brought down by Gunnarsson in the 57th minute and Stoke had similar claims also turned down five minutes later when Wayne Thomas collided with Andy Edwards.
Barry Fry’s men were presented with a golden opportunity to equalise on 71 minutes after Thomas had hacked down McKenzie inside the penalty box, but Bullard scuffed the resultant spot-kick wide of the upright.
That error gave Stoke the lift they needed to attack the visiting rearguard and Goodfellow brought a fine stop out of Tyler.
Stefan Thordarson saw an ambitious long range volley fly well wayward of the goal in the 76th minute, and Iwelumo saw a point blank header palmed away by Tyler with the final whistle approaching but there was no more goals and Stoke claimed an important 1-0 victory.
Posh: Mark Tyler, Matthew Gill, Andy Edwards, Simon Rea, Alan Kimble, David Oldfield, Jimmy Bullard, Helgi Danielsson, David Farrell, Francis Green and Leon McKenzie (sub Howard Forinton).
Unused subs: Gary MacDonald, Richard Forsyth, Neale Fenn and Dan Connor.
Stoke: Neil Cutler, David Rowson (sub Karl Henry), Brynjar Gunnarsson, Wayne Thomas, Clive Clarke, Bjarni Gudjonsson, James O’Connor, Jurgen Vandeurzen, Arnar Gunnlaugsson (sub Stefan Thordarson), Chris Iwelumo and Deon Burton (sub Marc Goodfellew).
Unused subs: Jani Viander and Brian Wilson.
Goal scorer: Arnar Gunnlaugsson (Stoke).
Bookings: Simon Rea, Francis Green and Leon McKenzie (Posh).