Sky Bet League One
18/08/2018 3:00 pm
Referee: Graham Salisbury
|Peterborough United||Luton Town|
|Cummings (17 pen, 36), Dembele (19)||Hylton (78)|
For the second home League match running, Posh hit three unanswered goals in the first half before putting in a defensive second-half display.
All three goals were results of counter-attacks although the first was via the penalty spot was twice fouled in the penalty area before the disappointing referee Graham Salisbury eventually pointed for a penalty.
Loanee striker Jason Cummings earned that penalty and duly converted it. Posh made it a quickfire double this time via the new assist king, Siriki Dembele. Despite being brought down on the edge of the area, Salisbury failed to get a free kick which was to Posh’s advantage as the winger quickly got off the ground to stride forward before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.
Cummings made all three points safe with nine minutes of the half remaining when finishing off a delightful build up with Dembele assisting once more.
Salisbury was the centre of the attention moments later when he awarded the visitors a penalty following what looked like a good challenge from left-back Colin Daniel. Before the penalty was taken, he was persuaded to talk to his assistant who confirmed it should be a corner and not a penalty!
Posh boss Steve Evans once again employed a containment tactic in the second-half which worked a treat until twelve minutes from time when a deep cross was somehow converted at the back post by Jack Stacey.
Luton came desperately close to a second goal but were denied by good defending, woeful shooting or shooting directly at keeper Aaron Chapman.
The win saw Posh move to the top of League One after three matches and have a better goal difference of one goal compared to Portsmouth who are the only other team to have won all three matches.
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