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Posted Sat 24 Apr 10 at 16:53 PM

Seasiders Play-Off Dream Continues At Pe

THE Seasiders recorded their first ever league double over Peterborough to ensure their play-off dream lives on.

After just three minutes DJ Campbell squandered a great chance, a cross field ball saw the forward nip in behind debutant left back Danny Andrew but his finish flew just wide off the post.

Five minutes later Brett Ormerod fired just wide after a great ball from Taylor-Fletcher, but the deadlock was broken on eleven minutes a deep cross from Stephen Crainey to the far post was expertly headed back across goal by Gary Taylor-Fletcher to DJ CAMPEBLL who saw his acrobatic overhead kick brilliantly saved by the keeper, but the ever alert Campbell reacted the quickest to fire the rebound home.

Four minutes later Pool thought they had doubled their lead, a David Vaughan corner was met by Ian Evatt and with the big centre back just about to begin celebrating his fifth goal of the season Peterborough keeper James McKeown produced a fantastic save to somehow flick the ball away, a goalmouth scramble ensued but it was the hosts who managed to scramble clear.

It was all Pool and on seventeen minutes McKeown produced another fine save to deny Taylor-Fletcher who tested the Posh stopper with an effort from the edge of the area.

The midway point in the first half saw DJ Campbell wriggle his way through the Peterborough defence before pulling back to Ormerod who saw his shot blocked.

Peterborough's first attempt on Matt Gilks goal came on twenty-seven minutes when Liam Dickinson fired wide after latching on to a long punt forward.

Charlie Lee tested Matt Gilks with a header from a Tommy Rowe corner on the half hour.

Quite how Pool didn't double their on thirty five minutesis still one that will have left Ian Holloway scratching his head, Gary Taylor-Fletcher capitalised on some poor Peterborough defending to find himself one on one with the keeper, to his credit McKeown forced him wide but when Taylor-Fletcher rolled the ball back to DJ Campbell it look as though he would make it 2-0 but was denied by a fantastic save by McKeown.

The second half began with Pool dominating the opening exchanges Keith Southern fired just over whilst Ian Evatt tested the keeper with a strike from just inside the area.

Despite dominating proceedings Pool couldn't find an elusive second goal and on fifty two minutes, McKail-Smith weaved his way into the six yard box and saw his effort blocked, the ball fell to Dickinson who saw his finish cleared off the line by David Vaughan.

McKeown produced another fine save on sixty three minutes to deny Brett Ormerod, DJ Campbell had the ball in the net for a second time moments later but his exquisite finish was ruled out for offside.

Pool made a double change on sixty eight minutes when Stephen Dobbie replaced Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Barry Bannan replaced Brett Ormerod.

With fifteen minutes to go and the news that Swansea were losing at Sheffield United, Pool missed a fantastic opportunity DJ Campbell scampered clear of the defence but his finish could only find Bary Bannan who drilled a finish across the face of goal.

McKeown produced another save to deny Dobbie whilst Pool thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Campbell appeared to be upended inside area.

The club's leading scorer Charlie Adam curled a free kick straight at the keeper after Barry Bannan's run had been brought to an abrupt end.

Pool made their final change of the afternoon when DJ Campbell made way for Jason Euell with three minutes remaining.

Pool: Gilks, Coleman, Evatt, Baptiste, Crainey, Adam, Vaughan, Southern, Ormerod (Bannan 68), Campbell (Euell 87), Taylor-Fletcher (Dobbie 68) Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Eardley, Clarke, Edwards, Bannan, Dobbie

Peterborough: McKeown, Little, Lee, Bennett, Andrew, Green (McCrae 80), Simpson, Rowe, Koranteng (Wright 80), Smith, Dickinson(Mills Subs Not Used: Piergianni, Richardson, Adeji, Dove

Referee: Mr C H Webster (Tyne & Wear)

Attendance: 7,812 (1,866 Away)

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