Walsall dent Posh's hopes

Walsall put a further dent into 10-man Peterborough's League One promotion hopes with a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win at the Banks's Stadium.

Last Updated: 19/11/13 at 08:53

Milan Lalkovic: Neat first-half strike

Milan Lalkovic: Neat first-half strike

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

On-loan Chelsea forward Milan Lalkovic put the Saddlers ahead midway through the first half with an intelligent run and smart finish and Romaine Sawyers doubled the home side's advantage with an equally impressive strike in the second half.

To make matters worse for Peterborough, who have now gone four games without a league win, they had Shaun Brisley sent off with 14 minutes to go for his second bookable offence - a lunge on Lalkovic.

Richard O'Donnell tipped Craig Alcock's thumping right-foot effort on to the crossbar with just seven minutes on the clock as the visitors threatened early on.

But it was the hosts who soon took over and opened the scoring 20 minutes later through a fine finish from Lalkovic. Sawyers' neat ball put Lalkovic away in the inside left channel and he got his body across Mark Little before advancing and slotting neatly past Robert Olejnik and into the far corner.

Ten minutes after the restart things could have got worse for Peterborough after Grant McCann's awful back pass was collected by Craig Westcarr, but he was superbly denied by Olejnik when one-on-one.

Britt Assombalonga threatened to level matters midway through the second half but his tame shot went straight to O'Donnell.

And moments later Sawyers made it 2-0 after collecting a square pass from Lalkovic and drifting past Michael Bostwick before firing expertly past Olejnik.

And Walsall, who moved into seventh place, could even afford to miss a last-minute penalty after Ashley Hemmings' low spot-kick was stopped by the impressive Olejnik.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 28 December 2014
15:00
Bradford 1-0 Notts Co Report
Coventry 0-0 Chesterfld Report
Crawley 0-0 Colchester Report
Crewe 1-1 Preston Report
Gillingham 1-3 Bristol C Report
MK Dons 0-3 Walsall Report
Peterboro 0-0 Doncaster Report
Rochdale 0-2 Fleetwood Report
Swindon 1-0 Port Vale Report
Friday, 26 December 2014
Bristol C 2-1 Yeovil  

Footer 365

Simon Mignolet: I'll take positives from losing Liverpool spot and come back stronger

Simon Mignolet says a recent spell out of the Liverpool side could end up having a positive effect on his career.

Premier League: Sam Allardyce accuses referee of guessing wrongly over disallowed Alex Song goal

Sam Allarydce criticised referee Neil Swarbrick for disallowing a goal after West Ham were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are showing signs of consistency after West Ham win

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal are heading in the right direction after seeing them hold on for a 2-1 win over West Ham.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property