After recent results at Meadow Lane there was not much optimism amongst the fans for the 2nd round FA cup tie against Peterborough United and after just 15 minutes it seemed that the fans fears were justified as the Posh took a commanding two goal lead and the odds were stacked against the Magpies reaching round 3.
As early as the 2nd minute some slick passing and poor defending from Notts gave Posh an early lead, there seemed little danger as an unwarranted corner was given to Posh and they made the most of it with Maddison putting a delightful pass to the unmarked Da Silva Lopes who had acres of space and time to send a brilliant shot past Collin into the far corner of the goal, with so many defenders on hand it looked bemusing how Da Silva Lopes was left unmarked, Notts should have been level on 8 minutes when Adam Campbell found himself totally unmarked at the far post after a brilliant cross from the right but he put his shot wide from 2 yards, that livened up the posh forwards who went close on two occasions before increasing their lead on 15 minutes, it was like a comedy of errors as Milson and Tootle both left the ball for each other and the classy Paul Taylor took advantage and laid the ball to Edwards who could not believe how much space and time he had to drive the ball past the unprotected Adam Collin, the Notts defence were in a total flap and could not cope with the quick and accurate passing of the visitors. John Sheridan was furious with his side and made an astute tactical change to try and bring Notts back into the game, Campbell dropped behind Oliver and Forte and it gave Notts a far better balance, the lively Adam Campbell was getting in some great positions and spreading the ball intelligently to his team mates and it was no surprise when Campbell fired in a beautiful strike from the edge of the box on 42 minutes to reduce the arrears, the fans were now behind their team and cheering them on, just before half time the game exploded when The Peterborough striker Lee Angol was shown a straight red card for pushing Matt Tootle in the face after a tenacious tackle from the Notts defender, as all footballers should know you cannot raise your hands towards an opponents face, so this gave the Magpies a numerical advantage for the second half.,
Notts continued the second half on the front foot and pushed Peterborough deeper and deeper into their own half, anticipation was growing on the terraces as Notts had almost all the possession and were playing with added zest and belief, playing against 10 men is never easy especially against a well organised team like Peterborough, they had two banks of four that were making it difficult for Notts to break them down and with the skilful players they have they were always dangerous on the break, on 72 minutes Notts introduced Jon Stead for Graham Burke, after being out since October with an ankle injury it was great just to have the big man back on the field even if he was a little ring rusty then on 77 minutes Aaron Collins replaced the tiring Vadaine Oliver who had given his all and causing numerous problems for the big Peterborough defenders, using his strength and power to unsettle them.
Time was running out for the spirited Magpies and after Collins had a shot crash off the crossbar it seemed that lady luck was not on our side, with a few minutes to go Notts should have had a penalty as Ryan Tafozoli had both hands around Stead’s body and did everything but pull his shirt off but the referee waved away Notts appeals for a penalty.
When all the fans were thinking it was a bridge to far and the Notts players had given their all up popped Louis Laing to force the ball home for a much deserved equalizer in the 4th minute of added time, the crowd were ecstatic and showed their appreciation, but in the dying seconds Peterborough thought they should have had a penalty when the ball appeared to hit laings hand but the referee deemed it accidental, that was the last of the action in an enthralling exciting cup match, it was great to see the fans applauding the players off and the players applauding the fans. Most fans will accept any result as long as the players give their all and today they did just that.
Bring on the replay, we fans cannot wait as long as Notts put as much effort into that game as they did into this one. COYPs