Peterborough United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0 match report: Strong finish leaves Posh with chance of survival

london road

Darren Ferguson had his own distinct – but still familiar – take on it: "twitchy bum time".

Undeniably, after a frantic penultimate day in the Championship, only two things are clear about the relegation battle.

The first is the quality of Grant McCann's winning free-kick here, which just about keeps Peterborough above water. The second is the fact that seven clubs will be involved, with the defeated Sheffield Wednesday now sucked into the whirlpool.

At the very least, both these teams have their fates in their own hands, with Peterborough at Crystal Palace on the final day and Wednesday at home to Middlesbrough. For the Owls' manager, Dave Jones, that was the only source of consolation from a frustrating defeat.

"It's in our hands and that's the biggest thing we want," he said. "We know what we've got to do, we've got to roll our sleeves up and get into it now."

Ferguson struck a similar note. "We've done our jobs in terms of this week. We move on to next week. It's in our hands. It's one game of football – if you win it you're safe. You know what you've got to do. Just like today, I didn't want to know [about other results]. I watched TV for 10 minutes and turned it off."

Peterborough certainly look switched on. This victory represented an immediate response to last week's 3-1 defeat to Derby and ensures they have still only lost one of their last 12. Ferguson described it as "top three" form. They would certainly be well clear of the bottom three had they not opened the season with a run of seven straight defeats. But, just as in this game, a strong finish might prove enough.

Peterborough did actually begin this game well. The only problem was that Wednesday did too, as both exchanged frantic opportunities in a surprisingly open first half.

Tension gradually started to grip in the second half, only for McCann to provide the ultimate release in the 64th minute. After Alex Pritchard had been felled on the edge of the box, the Northern Ireland international curled a supreme free-kick that went in off the post.

A tense final day now awaits. And this time a man who uttered a similar phrase to Ferguson Jnr may be in attendance.

"Last time he came we got beat so he got superstitious," the Peterborough manager said of his famous father, Sir Alex. "If he wants to come on Saturday then I'm not going to tell him to stay away."

Peterborough (4-4-2): Olejnik; Alcock, Bostwick, Zakuani, Rowe; Mendez-Laing (Newell, 81), Payne, McCann (Ferdinand, 83), Pritchard (Barnett, 82); Gayle, Tomlin.

Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Kirkland; Buxton, Llera, Gardner, Pugh; Maguire, Coke, Olofinjana, Helan (Lita, 67); Howard (Madine, 73), McCabe (Lee, 46).

Referee Nigel Miller.

News
The slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake and the original box from 29 July 1981
newsPiece of Charles and Diana's wedding cake sold at auction in US
News
James Argent from Towie is missing, police say
newsTV star had been reported missing
Arts and Entertainment
Gregg Wallace in Summer's Supermarket Secrets
tv All of this year's 15 contestants have now been named
Arts and Entertainment
Inside the gallery at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow
tvSimon Usborne goes behind the scenes to watch the latest series
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
A picture taken on January 12, 2011 shows sex shops at the Paris district of Pigalle.
newsThe industry's trade body issued the moratorium on Friday
News
Winchester College Football (universally known as Winkies) is designed to make athletic skill all but irrelevant
Life...arcane public school games explained
Arts and Entertainment
Could we see Iain back in the Bake Off tent next week?
tv Contestant teased Newsnight viewers on potential reappearance
Life and Style
Silvia says of her famous creation: 'I never stopped wearing it. Because I like to wear things when they are off the radar'
fashionThe fashion house celebrated fifteen years of the punchy pouch with a weighty tome
News
i100(and it's got nothing to do with the Great British Bake Off)
News
Angelina Jolie with her father Jon Voight
peopleAsked whether he was upset not to be invited, he responded by saying he was busy with the Emmy Awards
News
Bill Kerr has died aged 92
peopleBill Kerr appeared in Hancock’s Half Hour and later worked alongside Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers
News
news It's not just the world that's a mess at the moment...
Sport
footballPremiership preview: All the talking points ahead of this weekend's matches
News
Keira Knightley poses topless for a special September The Photographer's issue of Interview Magazine, out now
people
Voices
The Ukip leader has consistently refused to be drawn on where he would mount an attempt to secure a parliamentary seat
voicesNigel Farage: Those who predicted we would lose momentum heading into the 2015 election are going to have to think again
Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne made her acting debut in Anna Karenina in 2012
film Cara Delevingne 'in talks' to star in Zoolander sequel
News
i100
Sport
Mario Balotelli pictured in his Liverpool shirt for the first time
football
Life and Style
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone