Recently relegated Peterborough United kicked off their League One campaign with a narrow victory over Mark Cooper's Swindon Town, thanks to a superb strike from new summer signing Britt Assombalonga.

The Posh were left heartbroken at the end of last season after a final day defeat to Crystal Palace ended their two-year stay in the Championship, but after going seven games last season without a single point, they started their campaign a lot better this time around.

With the game just 10 minutes old, record fee signing Assombalonga was set through the heart of Swindon's defence by a long-ball from centre-back Michael Bostwick, and after shrugging off the Robins' defender, Assombalonga thumped the ball home past Wesley Foderingham.

Despite the positive start from the hosts, it was the visitors that enjoyed most of the possession in the first half, but Cooper's men lacked the killer touch in the final third - and after Assombalonga missed a couple of chances to double his tally, the half-time interval was upon us.

The second half was not much different with the Robins enjoying a lot of possession but not producing anything from it.

In fact it was Peterborough that came the closest to scoring the second goal of the game, but a long-range Tommy Rowe shot rebounded off the post and out for a throw-in.

With the game nearing it's end, Swindon piled men forward in search of the equaliser, but late efforts from Tijane Reis and Massimo Luongo were saved well by Posh number-one Robert Olejnik.

The first-half strike from the former Watford striker was enough for Darren Ferguson's men to pick up all three points on the opening day of the season and his side will travel to Colchester on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup before facing Notts County away in the league next weekend.

As for Swindon, they host Torquay on Tuesday in the cup before facing Stevenage in a week's time.

After the game, Ferguson spoke to the local media and admitted that a lot more is to come from his side.

Ferguson said: “The opening day of the season is like the first day back at school - you just want to get through it and I’m delighted to end up with three points.

“We always knew this would be a tricky test and that is exactly how it turned out.

“My lads were very good in the first half but I wasn’t so pleased with what I saw in the second period when I felt we tried to go forward too quickly.

“It wasn’t a perfect performance full of flowing football by any stretch of the imagination, but it was an adequate one to win the game.

“It was very solid and we worked our socks off. We know there is loads of improvement to come.”

As for the Swindon boss, who made his return to London Road for the first time since being sacked back in 2010, he believes a stunning goal was the only difference between the two sides.

Cooper said: “A fantastic goal settled the game and if that is anything to go by, it looks to be money well spent by Peterborough. That said we didn’t defend the situation particularly well.

“I enjoyed coming back to Peterborough and I definitely feel we deserved something out of the game.

“I’m probably biased but I thought we were the better team in the second half.”

 

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