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Posted Saturday, October 2nd 2021

📝 Report: Peterborough United 2-3 Bristol City

Chris Martin's 84th-minute winner sent 1,200 City fans home signing in the rain with a 3-2 win over The Posh.

A Sammie Szmodics brace threatened to dampen City’s spirits at a rain-soaked Weston Homes Stadium, but we battled through the treacherous conditions

It rained goals almost as much as it did from the skies above in this five-goal thriller where former City player Szmodics opened the scoring with a sumptuous finish, before the Robins fought from behind.

The equaliser would go down as an own goal as Posh captain Nathan Thompson put the ball into his own net from a Matty James corner, under pressure from both Rob Atkinson and Joe Williams.

George Tanner went on to score his first goal for the club when he latched on to a rebound to put the Robins in front but with minutes of the first half remaining, the hosts fought back through a Szmodics header.

The Robins defended well in the second half, particularly dealing with pressure from the wide areas with the Posh feeling the wind in their sails.

However, Martin would have the final say when his well-struck finish from the edge of the area beat Dai Cornell to put the visitors ahead late on.

It was a result which sees City head into the international break with all three points and rise to ninth.

The background

City made three changes from the team that started the midweek defeat at Millwall with Cameron Pring, Andy King and Callum O’Dowda replacing Nathan Baker, Tyreeq Bakinson and Jay Dasilva. This was a first start for O’Dowda since the opening match of the season against Blackpool.

From midweek, the Robins were without Nathan Baker, who aggravated a heel problem, Dasilva after he injured an ankle blocking a cross and Nahki Wells, who suffered a tight groin in the warm-up at The Den.

What happened

City worked the ball forward with an attack which led to an effort from the edge of the area by James but the midfielder couldn’t keep his shot down.

However, the hosts would open the scoring and Szmodics was the man to make it happen. He was perfectly placed to receive Harrison Burrows’ cutback and Szmodics set himself before curling the ball into the far corner.

The goal seemed to fuel City’s fire as they soon put the Posh under the cosh. A strong run from Callum O’Dowda opened Peterborough’s defence and he close to finding Martin with a cross but he was well marked.

Pring then made a strong charge into the box but the referee was uninterested in awarding penalty when Pring was bundled to the ground.

Another chance fell City's way when O’Dowda won the ball high up the pitch, he advanced into the box but another cross was blocked, this time by Frankie Kent.

However, City’s pressure told 12 minutes after they conceded with a James corner converted by what appeared to be a Rob Atkinson header, though the goal officially went down as an own goal from Thompson.

City soon added another when Martin had ac lose-range effort blocked but the ball fell kindly for Tanner who rolled the ball into the unguarded net.

That looked as though City would go in at half-time with the lead, but just two minutes later the hosts were level.

The Posh had threatened down the left, teasing City before eventually a cross came in which was headed goalwards by Szmodics’ whose looping header sailed beyond Bentley.

It was a much wetter affair after the break as the rain poured down in Cambridgeshire.

Cornell was kept alert, pulling off saves to deny headers from Williams and Martin, but the Posh always had a presence about themselves, and Oliver Norburn lashed a shot inches wide.

They would see a penalty appeal dismissed but City broke quickly and from the resulting attack they found the decisive goal.

Williams did ever so well under pressure to stay on his feet and he slipped a ball into Martin who supplied the finish beyond Cornell.

City still had to defend in latter stages and a fine stop from Bentley kept out substitute Jorge Grant well-place free kick and the final whistle would soon follow to confirm victory.

The team

City v Peterborough: Bentley, Pring, Atkinson, Kalas, Tanner, O’Dowda (Scott, 62), James, Williams, King, Weimann, Martin. Subs not used: O’Leary, Simpson, Bakinson, Vyner, Bell, Palmer.

Up next

There are no matches next week due to the international break, which involves a handful of City’s players across the age groups.

The Robins will then host AFC Bournemouth in two weeks’ time, with tickets on sale now (October 16th, 3pm).

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🎥Post-match reaction

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📸 Match Action

📊 Bristol City in numbers

  • Possession: 40.6%
  • Shots: 16
  • Passes: 352
  • Pass success rate: 77%
  • Tackles: 11
  • Clearances: 22
  • Interceptions: 10
  • Aerial duels won: 21
  • Best Opta rating: Chris Martin 8.6

ON THE BALL

  • Most passes: Andy King 44
  • Best pass accuracy: King 84.1%
  • Most touches: Matty James 62

DEFENSIVE DUTIES

  • Most tackles: George Tanner 4
  • Most interceptions: Rob Atkinson 4
  • Most clearances: Atkinson 7

City's next game after the international break is against AFC Bournemouth at Ashton Gate on Saturday, October 16th (3pm).

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