Notts County 2 Peterborough 2

Last updated : 05 October 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Notts County simply cannot win at home and Peterborough United have never won a League match at Meadow Lane - so the result was entirely as anticipated.

The Posh arrived on the back of a four-match unbeaten sequence - two wins and two draws - and though they stretched this further, manager Barry Fry felt they had thrown away a great chance of their first ever three points at the ground.

With less than an hour played the Posh had a two-goal advantage and seemed, without playing particularly well, to have an edge over the Magpies, whose loss of points at home is clearly affecting the team's confidence.

Peterborough survived some good early pressure from County in which the early chances twice fell to midfielder Paul Bolland who failed to convert both.

Then Peterborough keeper Mark Tyler made his one distinguished save of the match, turning over the angle a lovely chip by County's Mark Stallard.

When Posh took the lead, moments before half time, it was from a set piece and should have been avoided. However, Kevin Nicholson somehow failed to clear his lines and Bradley Allen made him pay with a shot inside Stuart Garden's left-hand post.

With Notts desperate to get back on terms early in the second half, they were plunged further into arrears again from a set-piece - another concession the nature of which left Notts manager Billy Dearden fuming.

This time Jimmy Bullard lifted a free-kick into the Notts County area and burly defender Simon Rea was given a free header from which he gratefully scored.

Notts lost their composure for a while and revived when they were gifted a goal with just over an hour played.

Tyler's attempted clearance struck a defender, and the loose ball was turned into the net by Stallard.

The equaliser was right out of the top drawer as the goals by flying winger Marcel Cas usually are.

Cas had been introduced for the injured Bolland at half time and his spectacular left-foot volley positively flew into the back of the net.

The game was nearly won by Peterborough in the closing moments.

Posh attacked down the left flank and Rae was up with his forwards again to get the ball over the line only for an eagle-eyed assistant referee to spot a pushing offence and disallow the effort.

So it is now 14 visits by Peterborough to Notts in the League which have resulted in seven defeats and seven draws. More worryingly for Notts they remain the only second division side without a home win