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Sky Bet League 1

London Road Ground (ATT 6,597) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Peterboro Peterborough United vs Bradford City Bradford

Peterboro 2

K Ntlhe (18)
B Assombalonga (24)

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Bradford 1

A Gray (76)

City slump continues at Posh

Last Updated: 21/12/13 7:20pm

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Britt Assombalonga: Got the second

Britt Assombalonga: Got the second

Peterborough catapulted themselves back into the thick of the League One promotion race by beating out-of-form Bradford 2-1.

Two goals in the space of six first-half minutes set Darren Ferguson's men on the way to a vital three points - but they had to survive a late rally by the Bantams to pocket the points.

Full-back Kgosi Ntlhe opened the scoring in spectacular style with a swerving 30-yard blockbuster in the 18th minute after a Lee Tomlin corner had been cleared into his path.

Posh's leading scorer Britt Assombalonga quickly doubled the advantage with a fine turn and finish from the edge of the box to claim his 17th goal of the season, but any thoughts of a comfortable cruise to victory were dispelled when two Bradford substitutes combined to halve the visitor's arrears with 14 minutes remaining.

The impressive Kyel Reid charged down a Mark Little clearance and delivered a pass for Andy Gray to register his first goal for 15 months by steering a shot through the legs of goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik.

Bradford almost bagged a leveller moments later when a Mark Yeates shot was well saved before Nahki Wells' follow-up was blocked by Posh skipper Michael Bostwick.

Assombalonga and Tomlin fluffed glorious chances to confirm Peterborough's success in stoppage time, but two goals proved enough to extend Bradford's poor run to one win in 12 matches.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12