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McCann At The Double For Posh

30 March 2013

Two penalty kicks from Grant McCann complete remarkable Posh turnaround.

Substitute Grant McCann scored two penalty kicks to earn Peterborough United a remarkable 2-1 victory over league leaders Cardiff City at London Road.

Dwight Gayle tested goalkeeper Marshall in the opening seven minutes, but his low shot was straight at the Bluebirds skipper after a good link with Lee Tomlin.

Peter Whittingham fired straight at Olejnik after a throw-in from Gunnarsson was only half cleared, while Gayle arrowed a shot wide with his left-foot from long range at the other end.

The deadlock was broken on 23 minutes as a corner was only half cleared and GUNNARSSON poked home from close-range past Olejnik.

Tomlin tested Marshall with a shot on the turn after a Rowe throw in as Posh tried to get back into the game, which had became scrappy in difficult conditions.

Posh had appeals for a spot-kick turned down as Ferdinand appeared to be pushed in the box, but referee Mr Ilderton waved away the protests.

Zakuani glanced a header wide of the far post from a Tomlin free-kick as Posh ended the half well.

Ferdinand headed straight at Marshall from a Newell centre on 50 minutes as Ferguson sent substitutes to warm up.

Mendez-Laing replaced Newell on 54 minutes. The substitute headed wide on 64 minutes, but Posh were struggling to break down a stubborn Cardiff defence.

Grant McCANN replaced Ferdinand in midfield and moments later the Northern Irishman was on the score-sheet, converting from the spot after Little had been upended by Cowie.

Conway flashed a shot right across goal after Barnett's long-range struck Alcock as the action immediately switched to the other end.

Posh were awarded a second spot kick on 79 minutes as Gayle was felled by Connolly and up stepped McCANN again to send the keeper the wrong way and make it 2-1 to the hosts.

In the dying seconds, Gestede headed over before the referee brought an end to proceedings with the Posh fans providing a standing ovation for a monumental effort against the league leaders.

Final Score: Posh 2-1 Cardiff City

Posh: Olejnik, Little, Rowe, Alcock, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Payne, Newell (sub Mendez-Laing 54min), Ferdinand, Gayle, Tomlin (sub Barnett 90min). Unused subs: Day, Brisley, Swanson, Cuvelier.

Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Turner, Whittingham (sub Conway 67min), Cowie, Connolly, Smith, Gunnarsson, Helguson (sub Mason 77min), Barnett, Campbell (sub Gestede 58min). Unused subs: Lewis, McNaughton, Bo-Kyung, Mutch.

Attendance: 9,236 (2,171 Cardiff fans)

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