Er, this is the Blackburn site? Yeah, well, they just had a friendly, which wasn't very, they could only score through Zurab Khizanishvili, and that was an own goal, adding to Dundee Utd's first-half lead of 1-0. More injuries to Chris Samba, Paul Gallagher and Ryan Nelsen made the coming clash with Man City look like an uphill climb. At least Robinson saved a penalty, but Di Santo dragged a decent chance wide. ROVERS: Paul Robinson (Jason Brown 46), Phil Jones, Martin Olsson, Chris Samba (David Hoilett 35), Ryan Nelsen (Zurab Khizanishvili 17), Stephen Warnock (Jonathan Flynn 69), Elrio Van Heerden (Marcus Marshall 78), Paul Gallagher (Aaron Doran 17), Franco Di Santo (Nick Blackman 72), El-Hadji Diouf (Jason Lowe 78), Benni McCarthy (Jason Roberts 80) DUNDEE UNITED: Nicky Weaver, Andy Webster (Johnny Russell 46), Darren Dods, Scott Robertson (Ryan McCord 80), Danny Swanson (David Robertson 69), Prince Buaben, Morgaro Gomis (Craig Conway 63), Mihael Kovacevic, Andis Shala (Jennison Myrie-Williams 74), Paul Dixon (Sean Dillon 63), David Goodwillie (Garry Kenneth 46) SUBS: Stevie Banks
Sam, you've lost 8 of your squad to international friendlies? "That is the most diabolical thing we all have to put up with. It gets more and more bizarre when things like this happen, but there is little us managers can do about it. Apart from keep telling them we are the experts and not them and to listen to us. We will help the Premier League be the best and continue to be the best in the world. But in terms of playing friendlies and then having three fixtures the week after â€“ they are trying to ruin it for me. But we will have to cope with it. I know everyone is going to say we are all in the same boat but that is not the answer. Two wrongs donâ€™t make a right.â€ť
Enough of that, two great managers and sons of great managers met at Pride Park:
The ref.'s whistle blows and away we go, with Posh in green-and-white kicking off. At last, we can put the friendlies and the cricket behind us, and with three minutes gone, we have the first corner. Bobbling around, Buxton in there, out it goes to Teale, who puts it back in, Green then Buxton back across goal, and it's Miles Addison GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!
1-0 after 4 minutes, headed in by Miles, crept in to finish off at the far post, now hobbling a little after a collision with their goalie, but he's shaking it off. The first goal in the Championship, as the first game last night finished 0-0, Middlesbrough - Blades a point each.
Pearson surges through, passes to Steve Davies, just away from him in a goal-scoring position. Steve - not Stephen Pearson - is the only striker on paper, as we play 4:3:2:1, but it's clear there are plenty of players who fancy their chances in front of the woodwork. Plymouth get the 2nd goal of the Championship a minute later, at Crystal Palace.
A 2nd corner, and we're looking dominant right now, a phrase I hardly dare use after last season, never mind the one before. Teale through to Davies, who heads wide. Bywater Connolly Moxey Buxton Addison Croft Teale Green Pearson Davies subs Deeney McEveley Commons Varney Pringle Mendy O'Brien - yes, 7 subs now allowed.
Peterborough looking nervous at the back, we're looking dangerous in the best sense. As I sit back satisfied, Posh score, but it's ruled out for offside. Back up and Davies cracks one over the top. Meanwhile, in the might-have-beens, Norwich, not us, are already 3-0 down in League One, home to Colchester. Scunthorpe, next week's opponents away, are 1-0 down to Cardiff. Croft has a shot, gets a corner.
Posh: Lewis Williams Morgan Zakauni Lee Coutts Keates Rowe McLean Boyd Mackail-Smith. A free kick for them, Zakauni heads wide. 10 minutes to half-time, they're coming through again, Boyd shoots wide fortunately. Morgan hits one minutes later from 45 yards out, wide. First booking, Dean Keates.
Croft & Green trying to find a scoring chance, and get our 4th corner, a poor one from Croft. Norwich 0 Colchester 5. What's the recipe today, Delia? Leicester are 0-1 home to Swansea.
3 minutes extra time. Zakauni puts out for our 5th corner, a better one from Croft, Davies heads it to their big goalie, Joe Lewis. One last corner, no.6 from Teale, Green shoots over the top, half-time 1-0. Posh are only one goal down, but not dead yet, 'tho they're only ahead in terms of fouls so far, 7-4, and one booking to nil. They've not yet had a shot on target, we've had three, yet confidence in our beloved Rams with Nigel Clough in charge is not yet so high that it's celebration time. Three points to start would be the best start in years. '01/02 we beat Blackburn 2-1 in the Premier on August 18th, '02/03 we beat Reading 3-0 in the Championship, August 10th, since then it's been all defeats except for Brighton, a draw 1-1 on August 6th in '05/06, Saints 2-2 August 6th (Sunday) '06/07, Portsmouth 2-2 August 11th in the Premier '07/08. Last year back down we lost to Doncaster 0-1, Sat'dy 9th.
Anyway, a nice hot pie, and it's Kris Commons on for Paul Green in the 2nd half, earning our 7th corner. An 8th follows shortly, the pressure's still on, especially down the left.
Posh are putting on Frecklington for Keates. Their other subs are McKeown Martin Pearce Diagouraga Day Batt. It turns out Green is suffering from a bruised foot, and just played the first half. Coutts shoots, Bywater watches it go wide. Commons in the area, bundled off. Corner number 9 for us.
Buxton booked for a challenge on Mackail-Smith. Batt's Posh's 2nd sub coming on for Rowe.
Davies put in by Kris Commons, hits the side netting from an acute angle. Mackail-Smith robbed of a shooting chance by Moxey. McLean gets his shot in, and Bywater has to save. Mackail-Smith has the next one, fairly easy for Bywater. 1-0 still looks somewhat shaky.
Free-kick in by Commons comes to nothing. Captain is Connolly. Another great save needed from Bywater, Frecklington close. Coutts takes Posh's first corner, well wide the final shot. Nasty tackle from Batt, Pearson takes the free kick, it fizzles out. Batt booked.
Commons brought down in the penalty area, but nothing given as the majority of the 33,010 yell for it. Leicester equalise, then go ahead of Swansea 2-1 [through Steve Howard? Well no, he missed a penalty, but at least made the final pass for N'Guessan to score the winner].
10 minutes left.The Reading Forest game is the only goal-less game so far today. Ben Pringle on for Lee Croft, and has an early shot, cleared by their defender. Oh no, Bywater's out of his area, and brings down their player - it's Batt - for a penalty, Boyd the white PelĂ© left-footed into the corner of the net, 1-1. No need for that, Paul Connolly could have dealt with it. Batt & Boyd.
We have another corner, our 10th I believe, a lovely one from Commons, it's not cleared yet, Teale GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
4 minutes from the end, sweetly symmetrical in summer sunshine with the first goal, 2-1.
Another corner for Posh, once Jay McEvelley is on for Steve Davies, who comes off puffing his cheeks out after playing his heart out, doing the job instead of Hulse, and Moxey heads away. 5 minutes extra time. Forest are down to 10 men, hanging on grimly to 0-0. Yet another corner for Peterborough.
Kris Commons in the area, shoots, Lewis scrambles it away, back up the other end, they're getting close, "Get Out" shouts a strident supporter, and Bywater claims. Whistles to invite the ref to blow, less than a minute, Posh still attacking, Boyd passes, Buxton clears. Mackail Smith, Moxey puts it out for another corner. Addison clears, back in, and finally the whistle, 2-1 3 points. UP THE RAMS! We'll be playing the bottom club next Sat'dy after Scunthorpe lose at Cardiff 4-0. Leicester have also won 2-1, Bristol will finish above us, winning away 2-0 at Preston, no wait, it's 1-2, and Preston get a very late penalty, 6 minutes of extra time, draw 2-2 and we're top 6 already, with West Brom Newcastle still to come.
Rotherham on Tuesday in the League Cup, first of 3 aways, Scunthorpe and Blackpool also in the next 10 days.
Jake Livermore, mid-fielder from Spurs will be here on loan, and we may bring in a few more yet, as the Premier season gets closer.
Down in League 2, Rotherham have played a goalless draw home to Accrington Stanley, then scored in the last 5 minutes, we'll have to sort them out earlier than that, while Sven's Notts County have beaten Bradford 5-0, Shrewsbury 3-1 over Burton Albion and Torquay 2-0 over Chesterfield.
"We've come back, after getting a kick in the teeth" says the Savage, and that's the summary - once again, the Rams can't do it the easy way, but this time we got all the points. There's only 3 teams with 3 points, so we're 2nd equal with Leicester. COME ON YOU RAMS!