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Posh sneak nine-goal thriller: Match Review

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A last-gasp own goal from Kevin Amankwaah gifted Peterborough a stunning 5-4 victory in a thriller against Swindon.

Posh raced into a three-goal lead by the halfway point of the first half - but incredibly found themselves pegged back at 3-3 three minutes before half-time on a day for defences to forget.

And it was a similar scenario in the second period as Swindon again fell behind only to hit back when substitute Charlie Austin struck from the penalty spot 17 minutes from time.

But the Robins had no response to the final dramatic twist when Amankwaah sent a low cross from Posh substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing into his own net in the third minute of stoppage time to hand the high-flying hosts victory.

Posh produced a rip-roaring start with leading scorer Craig Mackail-Smith striking twice in the opening five minutes.

He opened his account with a fine header from Mark Little's third minute cross and quickly doubled his tally when slotting under David Lucas after being freed by a fifth-minute Grant McCann pass.

Lee Frecklington celebrated his first league start of the season by adding a third goal after Aaron Mclean had touched the ball into his path, but Swindon did not take long to launch their comeback.

Manchester City loanee David Ball reduced their arrears in the 24th minute with a neat left-footed finish from 12 yards and on the half-hour Matt Ritchie made it 3-2 with a 25-yard blast that left Posh keeper Joe Lewis with egg on his face.

And the Robins completed their rousing revival two minutes before the break when Ball pounced on a Tommy Rowe error, raced into the box, darted round Lewis and slotted into the empty net.

Posh restored their advantage in the 58th minute when George Boyd collected a Rowe cut-back and drilled past substitute Swindon keeper Phil Smith and a defender on the line from six yards.

Once more their lead did not last as referee Jock Waugh pointed to the spot after a handball from substitute Charlie Lee in the 73rd minute and Austin made no mistake.

But there was still time for the 33rd goal in just six League One matches at London Road this season - and it proved to be a happy one for Posh.

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Peterborough United
David Lucas
Matt Ritchie
Mark Little
Football
Charlie Austin
Charlie Lee
League One
Lucas
Lee Frecklington
Aaron Mclean
Tommy Rowe
Phil Smith
George Boyd
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
Joe Lewis
Craig Mackail-Smith
Grant McCann
Kevin Amankwaah
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