Date:Thursday August 2 2012
Peterborough United 0 - 2 Aston Villa
Location: London Road
Date: 1st August, 2012
Peterborough United followed up their first home pre-season match at the weekend with another defeat against Premiership opposition.
Fresh from a 2-0 defeat to Norwich on Saturday, ex-Canaries boss Paul Lambert brought his new Villa outfit to London Road and walked away with a comfortable 2-0 win thanks to goals from Daniel JOHNSON on the stroke of half time before doubling their advantage 15 minutes from time from their new Aussie Brett HOLMANN.
Posh were once again looking at the match as a fitness exercise with many players getting 90 minutes under their belt for the first time in pre-season. The team was a mixture of younger players with a scattering of more senior players. Saturdays match at Stevenage will see the players that didn`t play today get 90 minutes.
The early stages of this match had a typical pre-season match feel about it as both teams played the ball about well without creating too many chances. It was Posh, who were looking comfortable against Villa, who created the first chance of the game as transfer-listed striker Paul Taylor sent a shot just wide of Shay Givens post.
The lively Daniel Johnson saw Villas first shot of the match deflected over the bar after 11 minutes as the opposition looked to grab the lead. Charles N'Zogbia's low left foot shot from the edge of the penalty area was then well held by former Villa youth keeper Bobby Olejnik.
Posh had a chance themselves with a freekick just outside the Villa penalty area, but Grant McCann looks to have started this season just as he ended last season, with a poor freekick (and it wasn`t the only poor freekick he took in the game!).
With nearly 30 minutes on the clock, Villa nearly carved out the first goal of the game but Bobby Olejnik on had to watch as the ball went wide of this goal from Weimann.
Shay Givens hands were stinging moments later after an excellent built up by Posh resulted in Paul Taylor firing a powerful shot from outside the Villa area which Given parried away. Unfortunately, Taylor was his usual selfish self when he took the shot instead of playing a simple pass to his right where Danny Swanson was free and had a clear sight of goal!
Posh had another couple of poor freekicks by McCann and Taylor while youngster Joe Newell [pictured below], who wasn`t having his best performance in a Posh shirt, fired wide of the target.
With most people expecting the half to finish goalless, Villa got their noses in front. With Villa playing the ball around the area, Posh looked reluctant to make any sort of challenge and allowed Weimann to fire in the ball from the Villa right. The ball took a slight deflection as it whizzed inside the six yard box to Daniel JOHNSON on Villas left who made no mistake when tapping the ball into the net.
Half-time: Peterborough United 0 - 1 Aston Villa
Only one change was made at half time and that saw young goalkeeper Joe Day replace Olejnik.
It was clear from the off that Villa upped the tempo and immediately started causing Posh problems. Charles N`Zogbia brought the first save from Day while other efforts went wide of his goal. The best chance Posh had of equalising came when Taylor beat his man to the ball on the by-line and just had to make a simple pass to the penalty spot for Barnett but his pass was wayward and hit behind the on-rushing forward!
Towering forward Tyrone Barnett was replaced just after the hour by the diminutive Nicky Ajose before Posh legend Dave Farrell [pictured below during the pre-match warm up] made his entrance five minutes later replacing Danny Swanson.
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