Ipswich 3-2 Peterboro: Sunday Mirror match report
Published 21:30 17/03/12 By Dave Smith
Aaron Cresswell’s first Ipswich goal settled a thrilling encounter as the Tractor Boys paid Posh back for their early season embarrassment.
Grant Leadbitter and Daryl Murphy were also on target as Town made it four home wins on the bounce.
There was more than a hint of revenge in the air at Portman Road as Ipswich were still smarting from a 7-1 defeat against a rampant Peterborough in August.
Ipswich, in their defence, had two players sent off that day so it was important Paul Jewell’s men kept their discipline this time – which they did to allow Cresswell to grab the glory five minutes from time.
Boss Jewell said: “It was an entertaining game and credit to Peterborough for playing their part.
“We showed great character to come back after their late equaliser and I think, overall, we just about deserved it
“We are scoring goals but we need to tighten up defensively if we are going to push on up the table.
“I thought Grant Leadbitter was excellent today and, over the 90 minutes, was the best player on the pitch.”
Posh boss Darren Ferguson felt his men were not clinical enough with their opportunities.
He said: “We were certainly unlucky and I don’t think that was a game we deserved to lose.
“But this has happened too many times and we have not been ruthless enough to see the opposition off.”
The lively Leadbitter opened the scoring from close range on 17 minutes after a poor header from Tyrone Barnett.
The Peterborough striker, a record £1million signing, made amends after 34 minutes with a delicate chip over the keeper to restore parity.
Then a cross from Lee Martin was headed into the box by Murphy but Michael Chopra’s glancing header failed to find its intended target.
After the break, Ipswich continued to threaten and finally got their rewards after 77 minutes.
Peterborough keeper Paul Jones did brilliantly to keep out a header from Damien Delaney but Murphy was first to react to nod in the rebound.
Emile Sinclair levelled for the visitors against the run of play after 83 minutes with a neat finish into the bottom left corner.
But two minutes later Cresswell grabbed the winner, after good work from Lee Bowyer, to finally banish memories of the mauling at London Road.