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8 October 2022

VICTOR Adeboyejo's seventh goal of the season secured a valuable point on the road as Albion came from behind to grab a share of the spoils against promotion chasing Peterborough United

The in-form striker pounced inside the six-yard box to hook the ball home having seen a header cleared off the line minutes before as Albion sought an equaliser after Jonson Clarke-Harris had headed The Posh into the lead just two minutes into the second half.

It was a battling performance again from Dino Maamria's side as they ensured a positive result on the club's 600th game in the English Football League. Posh, who had scored three goals in each of their last three games in all competitions looked potent in attack but resilient defending kept them at bay for most of the game and ensured that Albion stayed in the game to get what could be an important point.

Both Terry Taylor and Joe Powell returned to the starting line-up after starting Tuesday's game on the bench. Calum Butcher and Mustapha Carayol dropped to the bench as Maamria freshened his side up again. Tom Hamer returned after suspension but was deployed on the left hand side of the defence as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also moved to the substitutes bench. A fourth change saw Albion's most recent signing, experienced defender Adrian Mariappa come straight in for his debut, Elliot Thorpe the unlucky man to miss out although having originally dropped out of the matchday eighteen the youngster from Luton Town was brought onto the bench when Sam Winnall fell ill pre-match.

A quiet opening to the game saw Peterborough boss a lot of the early possession without seriously testing the Burton defence before Albion settled and enjoyed a spell of possession themselves. The first real chance did not come until the seventeenth minute when Albion worked the ball patiently and Adeboyejo found a neat angle to get Powell in but with keeper Lucas Bergstrom advancing the Albion man dinked the ball over him but agonisingly across goal and inches wide of the far post.

Bergstrom was forced into an excellent save on 25 minutes when a free kick was scrambled clear to Keillor-Dunn twenty five yards out and the midfielder's shot was heading in until the big keeper went to his left to push the ball away.

From the resulting corner Peterborough eventually scrambled the ball away and Ricky-Jade Jones accelerated away down the left but Albion were able to avert any real danger. Jones was quickly in again down the left a couple of minutes later, this time picking out Clarke-Harris but League One's leading marksman could not keep his effort down.

A loose pass in midfield had Albion on the back foot and Jones scampering through but forced onto his left foot his rising shot bounced down off the underside of the crossbar and away from danger for a real let off.

As the game started to open up Bergstrom came from his goal to clear but only found Keillor-Dunn and the Albion man chanced his arm from distance only to send his looping shot wide.

Jones was close to breaking the deadlock in first half stoppage time, a right wing cross finding him in the middle and the winger flicking a header goalwards but unable to steer it onto the target.

Half time: Peterborough United 0-0 Burton Albion

Two minutes into the second half and Peterborough made the breakthrough. A defence splitting pass from Jack Taylor found his midfield partner Ben Thompson running through into the box. His effort was half stopped by Garratt and Hamer's clearance only found CLARKE-HARRIS who headed the ball beyond the recovering Albion keeper.

The home side grew in confidence from that and almost doubled their lead on 57 minutes. Dan Butler's left wing cross picked out Clarke-Harris but Garratt saved his header at point blank range with Hamer doing well to block Joe Ward's follow-up effort.

Albion responded by bringing Bobby Kamwa into the game in place of Keillor-Dunn.

Thompson had a great chance to put the game out of Albion's reach on 73 minutes when Kwame Poku picked Hamer's pocket on the right and found the midfielder who curled his effort wide.

It was a costly miss as Albion equalised with a quarter of an hour to go. Smith and Taylor recycled possession after a good little spell and Taylor's cross to the back post found Hughes with a towering header back into the six yard box where ADEBOYEJO swept home.

It set up an enthralling final period of the game. Peterbrough made a triple change and one of their changes, Nathan Thompson, thundered a header over the crossbar after another testing cross from Ward on the right hand side.

Butcher came on for the final five minutes to take over from Taylor in midfield and Posh pumped balls into the Burton box in an attempt to find a winner but Garratt and his defence held firm until the end.

ALBION: Garratt; Brayford, Hughes, Mariappa, Hamer; Taylor (Butcher, 85), Oshilaja, Keillor-Dunn (Kamwa, 58); Smith (Carayol, 90+2), Adeboyejo, Powell.
Substitutes: Sinisalo, Borthwick-Jackson, Thorpe, Lakin.

GOALS: PETERBOROUGH - Clarke-Harris (47) ; ALBION - Adeboyejo (75)

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Attendance: 8,033


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