25 May 2022 | 08:23 | Football
Peterborough made a sensational comeback with a 2-1 win over 10-man Blackburn to retain their title for longer.
Grant McCann’s men were all but relegated when they trailed Ben Breton Diaz’s opener at Weston Home Stadium.
But before substitute Jack Mariot finished turning to lift them off the bottom of the table, Bosh roared back to level through Sami Smodic.
All the drama came 10 minutes late and had a major impact on both ends of the table, with Bosh still fighting for his survival and the Rangers’ playoff bid taking a serious hit.
Tony Mowbray’s side were against it from the moment midfielder Tayo Eden was sacked late in the first half.
Eden endured a painful two-and-a-half-month return from an ankle problem as his first appearance for Rangers since January 29 lasted just 41 minutes.
The midfielder gave Josh Knight an unnecessary warning midway through the opening before receiving a marching order from referee Chris Kavanagh to withdraw Jeando Fuchs.
Posh should really have taken the lead by then, and the Szmodics saw Thomas Kaminski’s early effort dragged another shot through the goal after picking up Darragh Lenihan’s pocket.
Kaminski also blocked Kwame Poku’s shot before he made the best stop to overturn an acrobatic Jonson Clarke-Harris volley after some of the best first-half action from Fuchs, Harrison Burrows and Ricky-Jade Jones. volley.
Although Breton Diaz’s celebrations were quickly interrupted by Kavanagh’s whistle, Rangers did manage to find the net in the opening stages.
The 20-ball hitman thought he was hitting his first at-bat in 2022 with an injury hiatus but was ruled fouling Knight on his way up to header past Day Cornell’s Ryan Nyambe.
Chile international Breton Diaz finally managed to end his own drought and break the deadlock in the 77th minute when he deftly controlled Jan Paul van Hecke’s ball into the penalty area and made it close The post goes past Cornell.
However, any notion of Rangers ignoring their numerical disadvantage to be a huge success in the promotion was quickly dispelled.
Their lead lasted just six minutes before the Szmodics caught a clever Burrows pass and got past Kaminski, with Rovers unhappy that Brereton Diaz’s apparent foul in the build-up went unpunished.
Even better, Marriott followed, finishing off a fine game in the far corner after accepting a suspension from Clark Harris to spark wild celebrations from the hosts and stun the Rangers.
blackburn Tony Mowbray: “Honestly, I don’t see Peterborough’s goal, we have to look at how we got those two in. After playing so long with 10 men, it’s really hard to get the lead so hard. Frustrating. It’s been a disappointing day. The manager has to be able to trust the players, maybe Eden worked too hard because he was out for a long time with an injury. I think he should have known better, but it’s done now. Of course I’m not going to be a coach The guy who hammers the referee every week. Today we have a Premier League referee. Good luck to him.
“The lads are on the dressing room floor right now and we have to try and pick them up in the next few days. We are a very, very young team and young players find it difficult. Sometimes they have to feel the change. Better pain, I think our young lads feel that way now. I’ve been in the locker room and people are fighting and hitting each other now, but our lads are quiet and they can’t find answers. We’ll go on Try to help them and see where this season takes us.”
Peterborough Grant McCann“We had a great first half, when we had a really good Blackburn team and so on. A lot of people thought it was easy to play with 10, but in many ways it became more difficult. They defended and batted in the low post. The counterattack of your Blackburn goal. But we showed real grit and determination to keep going, keep fighting, keep pushing and I’m very happy with the two goals that won the game. Despite having to play in an unfamiliar position Ball, Jack once again proved he’s a proven shooter when he’s fit.
“We have four big games coming up between now and the end of the season. The reality is we need to win all four and hope others give us a little luck in the process, but all we can do is worry about ourselves .”