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Peterborough United 0 - 0 Notts County

Joe Jones

Notts County have secured a valuable point away from home against arguably one of the toughest teams to play so far this season, Peterborough United.

The Magpies made four changes to the side that beaten Mansfield Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last week, with Roy Carroll returning in goal, new loan signing Louis Laing coming in for the injured Hayden Mullins, and Alan Smith and Zeli Ismail returning in place of Mike Edwards and Ronan Murray.

The first few minutes of the game were fairly even, but the Posh turned on the screw soon enough, with stand-in captain Alan Smith having to make a timely intervention to thwart what could have been a dangerous attack.

The first concrete chance of the game came in the ninth minute, when Marcus Maddison's shot rumbled the side netting, while on the quarter-hour mark, the same man fell in the Notts box, but was given a yellow card for his troubles.

Zeli Ismail showed flashes of intent when he rounded the keeper in the 18th minute, only for the move to be called offside, while just a minute later beat off two men before firing his shot wide.

On the half-hour mark, the Magpies enjoyed a lively spell when Liam Noble blasted an effort just wide, before setting up Jake Cassidy on two occasions. The Wolves man was just off target with his chances.

Controversy ensued a few minutes later when Reece Brown's shot appeared to be handled in the box, but nothing was given.

Both sides kept plugging away at each other right into first-half injury time and until the whistle, with a draw at the break a fair enough assessment of their respective performances.


The second half saw more of the same, albeit with fewer clear-cut chances.

Peterborough were appealing for a penalty against Haydn Hollis in the 77th minute when Kyle Vassell went to ground, but nothing was given by the referee.

The Posh had arguably the best chance of the game right in the final few seconds when a slip by Gary Jones allowed Maddison to maraud in on goal, but the former Gateshead man couldn't capitalise with the last kick of the game, and so the spoils were shared.

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