Peterborough Utd 1 Swindon Town 0
 

Basic Information

Date 3rd August 2013.
Stadium London Road, Peterborough, England
Competition League One.
Attendance 7,178 (741 away).
Officials James Linington.
Saša Ihringová.
Mark Jones.
Wayne Porter.

Record signing Britt Assombalonga scores a spectacular winner on his debut as Posh make hard work of their return to League One. The visitors had a disruptive summer following Kevin MacDonald’s late resignation: Mark Cooper takes over on his first return to London Road. Alex Pritchard, having not been allowed to return to London Road by parent club Tottenham, starts the game brightly, though within the opening 10 minutes Assombalonga latches on to Michael Bostwick’s long ball, holds off a defender then fires the ball past Wes Foderingham. Minutes later he misses a chance to double his tally, firing over from Tyrone Barnett’s knock-down. Nathan Thompson escapes a second yellow card having felled Barnett on the edge of the area. Early in the second half Tommy Rowe hits the post from 20 years following good work by Barnett. The visitors have chances late in the match: first Bobby Olejnik makes a smart save to stop Ryan Mason’s low free kick, then the same player sends a long-range effort crashing into the bar. After the game, Darren Ferguson says “The opening day of the season is like the first day back at school - you just want to get it over with. It wasn't a great performance by any means, but it was solid and that is what is needed at this level.”

Teams

Peterborough Utd
Management
Darren Ferguson
Kevin Russell (assistant)
Starting line-up
1 Robert Olejnik
2 Craig Alcock
3 Kgosi Ntlhe
5 Gabriel Zakuani
6 Michael Bostwick Yellow Card
9 Britt Assombalonga Goal
10 Lee Tomlin (-82')
11 Grant McCann Yellow Card (-73')
14 Tommy Rowe (captain)
16 Daniel Kearns
23 Tyrone Barnett
Substitutes
7 Danny Swanson (+82')
8 Jack Payne (+73')
12 Emile Sinclair
13 Joe Day
20 Nathaniel Knight-Percival
28 Jaanai Gordon
33 Mark Little
Swindon Town
Management
Mark Cooper (caretaker)
Starting line-up
1 Wes Foderingham
2 Nathan Thompson Yellow Card
4 Massimo Luongo Yellow Card (loaned from Tottenham Hotspur)
5 Grant Hall (loaned from Tottenham Hotspur)
6 Tijane Reis Yellow Card (-74')
7 Ryan Harley (-64')
8 Ryan Mason (loaned from Tottenham Hotspur)
10 Andy Williams
11 Alex Pritchard Yellow Card (loaned from Tottenham Hotspur)
21 Alex Smith
22 Darren Ward (captain)
Substitutes
14 Jay McEveley
15 Yaser Kasim (+64')
19 Louis Thompson
20 Miles Storey (+74')
23 Jack Barthram
30 Leigh Bedwell
41 Troy Archibald-Henville