Palace 3-2 Posh
Mile Jedinak sent Peterborough tumbling out of the Championship with an 89th minute goal after Posh had led twice. Tomlin gave the relegation threatened away team the lead with a great run and strike only for Murray to level from the spot with the last kick of the first half.
Posh regained the lead as a speculative 63rd minute Mendez-Laing shot bounced over Speroni's hands and into the corner of the goal. Peterborough look set to retain their Championship status until the game turned on its head in a devastating seven minute period. “Seven minutes of hell” according to the Peterborough Chairman.
Kevin Phillips climbed off the bench to level the game with a goal that only he could have scored. Touch, strength, awareness and a pin point finish into the top corner of the goal levelled the scores again and as it stood both sides were achieving their goals as Barnsley were being held at Huddersfield.
Jedinak ends the Eagles demoralising winless run just at the right time.
Williams is then fouled by Gayle, I say foul edit in reality it was a great tackle, and Dobbie floated the ball into the six yard box where Jedinak's attempted header hit his shoulder and squirmed into the bottom corner to end the Eagles demoralising winless run just at the right time.
The scoreline and the fashion in which Palace won suggests a game that was a lot closer than it actually was. On another day Murray would have had four goals and that is no exaggeration. Only two epic goal line clearances, one in the first half by McCann and one in the second half by Rowe, and a shocking finish from six yards out prevented what would have been a rout.
There have been signs in the last few games that some form has been returning and we have been creating chances but just not taking them. This is world away from where we were before this when we could string two passes together, let alone create chances of any note. Saturday we took our chances and we couldn't have picked a better time to find the back of the net.
One defeat in twelve.
Sure Posh have gone down but they are no mugs at the moment. They arrived with only one defeat in twelve games seeing them in considerably better form than Palace so to get a result is a very good sign. Especially with you know who around the corner, who are in blistering form.
I don't like relegating teams and I would expect some serious bad karma if I revelled in a team’s misfortune (Brighton, Millwall and Clowns aside). I am not going to revel in Posh's demise. They have kindly given us six points this season and London Road is always a great away day. I will, however, revel in a person's demise.
Step forward Adrian Durham. His ludicrous campaign on Palace penalties has all backfired and I just cannot stop laughing about it. I have no idea how Posh fans actually feel about having him as a famous supporter but the man is a clown and fully had to eat humble pie as Zakuani made a hilariously stupid tackle on Gabbidon is the penalty area giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. "Stonewall" he said on air as he tried to choke back the tears. Then to relegate his beloved team by beating them from behind in the last ten minutes for the second time this season was just perfect. Forget 'heads gone', your team’s gone mate.
Man of the Match: Glenn Murray
I was surprised to see that Mile Jedinak won the official man of the match award in what was probably his worst performance of the season. Glenn was my man of the match. His hold play was back to its best and his nose for goal has returned. Only heroics from the away team prevented a hat-trick. This could bode very well for the Play Offs!
Scoring with the last kick of the first half has happened once already this season and the atmosphere as the players went off for half time was incredible. This game was no different. The noise was deafening after Murray scored from the spot and the decibels created, by both sets of fans, in this up and down encounter were impressive to say the least.
That being said. If we score first past the Weed on Friday night, the noise will probably be heard in Brighton.