Posh edge thriller

  • Last Updated: January 21 2014, 23:07 GMT

A review of Tuesday night's action in Sky Bet League One, including wins for Peterborough and Crewe.

Chuks Aneke: Opened the scoring for Crewe
Chuks Aneke: Opened the scoring for Crewe

Man-of-the-moment Nicky Ajose hit a hat-trick to spare Peterborough's blushes in a 4-3 success over 10-man Notts County at London Road.

Darren Ferguson's side received a huge helping hand as they recovered from a nightmare start following the dismissal of County's Ronan Murray for throwing a punch at Danny Swanson after just 15 minutes.

By then Enoch Showunmi and Murray had fired the in-form visitors into a two-goal lead but Posh's numerical advantage eventually told.

Ajose halved their arrears on the half-hour with a fine low finish before top-scorer Britt Assombalonga headed them level nine minutes into the second period with his 21st goal of the season.

Ajose completed the turnaround with 16 minutes to go with a spectacular 25-yard rocket but County stunned the home faithful as Jack Grealish drilled in a leveller from an acute angle two minutes later.

But Ajose got Posh out of jail when pouncing on a rebound in the 85th minute after Nathaniel Knight-Percival's header from a Swanson corner had been brilliantly saved by unfortunate keeper Bartosz Bialkowski as County's three-match winning run came to an end.

Meanwhile, Crewe grabbed a vital 2-0 win over MK Dons to drag themselves out of the relegation zone.

Chuks Aneke gave the Railwaymen the lead after 35 minutes when he curled a 20-yard free-kick past Dons goalkeeper Dave Martin.

Ajay Leitch-Smith them settled the game as a contest with a calm finish after being released by Anthony Grant in the 69th minute.

MK Dons had the chance to level the scores at 1-1 when they were awarded a penalty when Matt Tootle handled.

However, Ben Garratt produced an excellent save to tip Darren Potter's attempt wide of the post.

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