'Superb' Posh battle past Boro on Boyd return

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Peterborough United won a Carling Cup classic at Broadhall Way on Tuesday night, with Lee Tomlin's 120th minute penalty sending Posh through 4-3 after extra time.

The game marked George Boyd's competitive return to Stevenage, and the playmaker produced a match-winning display for the visitors, to remind Boro just why he used to be called 'superman'.

Darren Ferguson was delighted with his side's performance, and whilst the tenacious hosts continued to claw their way back into the match, the Posh boss couldn't argue with his side's efforts.

"It would have been a lottery if we hadn't won it," said Ferguson post-match.

"Some of the football we played was absolutely superb, but we couldn't get that second goal ahead. Credit to Steveange because they kept going and are hard to play against, but some of our football was magnificent and a joy to watch."

David Ball struck twice for Peterborough with two completely different finishes, adding to his winner against Crysyal Palace at London Road on the opening day of the season.


Craig Mackail-Smith's departure has left the onus on Ball to score the goals for Posh this season, and the former Manchester City youngster has made a fine start to the campaign.

"He got two, a poacher's goal and the second one was a great goal. He's a great player, and he's going to score goals," the boss continued.

"Footballing wise we were a far better team, and I felt overall we deserved to win the game."

Tipped by many to be relegation candidates this season, Ferguson believes his side have moved up a gear since their promotion from Npower League One through the play-offs last term.

Focus instantly turned to the weekend clash against Blackpool, and the re-arranged Sunday fixture will give the players an extra 24 hours for the clash.

"I just think we've kicked on from last season and we're on another level really. I think some of our football, passing and rotation is great and the fans really enjoy watching it," Ferguson concluded.

"We're creating chances, but I've obviously got to look at the other side of it and the goals conceeded, I'm not too pleased about them. Overall a good win, and it's a good habit to get into. Nobody's getting carried away but at least we've won our first two."

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