Peterborough Utd 2 Crystal Palace 1

Basic Information

Date 6th August 2011.
Stadium London Road, Peterborough, England
Competition Championship.
Attendance 11,604 (3,291 away).
Officials James Linington.

Posh return to the Championship with an accomplished opening-day performance. Sean Scannell has the first chance, with Paul Jones happy to concede a corner. Lee Tomlin and Grant McCann have efforts from distance; débutant Nicky Ajose is forced off with a hamstring injury. Scannell opens the scoring, beating Ryan Bennett to the ball and lifting it over Jones. Posh come close to a quick equaliser, as Julián Speroni saves Tommy Rowe’s effort, then David Ball’s follow-up is stopped on the line by Jonathan Parr. In the second half Tomlin twice goes close with headers; on 58 minutes he then sets up McCann for the equaliser with a clever free kick. Darren Ferguson’s side go in search of the winner, which comes as Mark Little’s cross is headed home by David Ball. The match closes with Speroni pushing Ryan Tunnicliffe’s fierce shot around the post. Ferguson is pleased with the points: “It took us far too long to get a victory in our last season at this level so to manage it first time up is really pleasing.”

Teams

Peterborough Utd
Management
Darren Ferguson
Kevin Russell (assistant)
Starting line-up
28 Paul Jones
2 Mark Little
3 Grant Basey
4 Ryan Bennett
5 Gabriel Zakuani
7 Nicky Ajose (-27')
8 Lee Tomlin
10 George Boyd
11 Grant McCann (captain) Goal
14 Tommy Rowe
23 Lee Frecklington (-87')
Substitutes
6 Scott Wootton (loaned from Manchester Utd)
9 David Ball Goal (+27')
13 Joe Day
16 Ryan Tunnicliffe (+87') (loaned from Manchester Utd)
27 Craig Alcock
Crystal Palace
Management
Dougie Freedman
Lennie Lawrence (assistant)
Starting line-up
1 Julián Speroni
3 David Wright
4 Jonathan Parr
5 Paddy McCarthy Yellow Card
7 Darren Ambrose
8 Kagisho Dikgacoi Yellow Card
11 Sean Scannell Goal (-70')
17 Glenn Murray Yellow Card (-77')
35 Andrew Davies (loaned from Stoke City)
36 Ryan McGivern (-79') (loaned from Manchester City)
38 Peter Ramage Yellow Card (loaned from Queens Park Rangers)
Substitutes
10 Owen Garvan (+79')
16 Wilfried Zaha (+70')
19 Jermaine Easter (+77')
34 Lewis Price
37 Aleksandur Tunchev (loaned from Leicester City)