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Stevenage win could prove vital - Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson

22 February 2014

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson was delighted to see his side complete a great week with a 1-0 victory at Stevenage thanks to Nicky Ajose's winning goal.

The result keeps the Posh's push for the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs on track, and they are now five points clear of seventh-placed Walsall with a game in hand on the Saddlers, after reaching the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on Monday.

However, the situation is nothing like as rosy for Stevenage who are now nine points adrift of safety.

Ferguson said: "This was a tough place to come, especially after Monday night and all the excitement from that.

"In the end it's taken a real quality goal to win it for us with a great cross from Mark Little and a great finish from Nicky.

"The goal came from something we've worked on this week because we didn't know if they would go with two centre-halves or three but we knew if we put crosses in like that we'd cause them problems.

"They're big lads and we didn't want to just lump balls into the box, we had to put them in behind and that was a fantastic example of what we've done.

"It was a good finish and we could have scored more - we should have scored more. But I'm delighted with the win.

"You get some games where you look back and you think 'that was a good one' and this is one of those."

Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day had to be at his best in the first half to keep Peterborough at bay as he first kept out Danny Swanson's shot before later twice denying former Boro midfielder Michael Bostwick.

At the other end, Bobby Olejnik saved well from Darius Charles just before the Posh finally broke through when Ajose got in front of his marker to put away Little's cross.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley said: "Their goal came against the run of play - we'd had a very strong period of pressure where Darius had a great chance and their goalkeeper has made a good save.

"Before you know it, one long ball and they've got four attackers against our eight defenders, the ball managed to drop to one of theirs, get crossed by one of theirs and it's in the back of our net.

"You couldn't say that they had a sustained period of pressure where they took the game to us and in the second half we were by far the better team.

"If there was a side that was going to score it looked like it was going to be us.

"But it can happen when you're down there and you don't get the rub of the green with Luke (Freeman) putting the ball across an open goal and then Darius' chance."

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