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Port Vale 0-2 Peterborough United: Darren Ferguson makes winning return as Posh boss

Ephron Mason-Clark heads Peterborough's opening goal
Ephron Mason-Clark has now scored seven goals this season for Peterborough

Ephron Mason-Clark struck a quickfire second-half double to hand Darren Ferguson a winning start to his fourth spell as Peterborough manager at Port Vale.

The victory lifts Posh two places to seventh in League One, while Port Vale remain 11th.

Mason-Clark fired narrowly wide when presented with the clearest opening of the first half.

But the 23-year-old found his range after 56 minutes as Jonson Clarke-Harris headed Joe Ward’s deep delivery back across goal for Mason-Clark to stoop and convert into an empty net.

Clarke-Harris was fractionally off target with a header on the hour, but Mason-Clark bundled home from Ward’s square ball soon after and only a full-length stop from Jack Stevens prevented Kwame Poku from adding a third for the visitors.

Will Norris was rarely tested after an eighth-minute save at the feet of Mal Benning and the Peterborough goalkeeper, on loan from Burnley, marked his first senior appearance for 20 months with a clean sheet.

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson guided Peterborough to four promotions in previous spells in charge

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 25Stevens
  • 2Cass
  • 6Smith
  • 3JonesSubstituted forForresterat 81′minutes
  • 7WorrallSubstituted forRobinsonat 65′minutes
  • 8Garrity
  • 23PettSubstituted forOjoat 81′minutes
  • 11Benning
  • 26ButterworthSubstituted forPoliticat 65′minutes
  • 21Odubeko
  • 19Massey

Substitutes

  • 1Stone
  • 14Ojo
  • 15Forrester
  • 17Holden
  • 24Agyakwa
  • 27Robinson
  • 33Politic

Peterborough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Norris
  • 12Thompson
  • 6Kent
  • 4Edwards
  • 3Butler
  • 8Taylor
  • 22Kyprianou
  • 23Ward
  • 11PokuBooked at 77minsSubstituted forBurrowsat 81′minutes
  • 10Mason-Clark
  • 9Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 5Knight
  • 14Marriott
  • 15Ogbeta
  • 16Burrows
  • 17Jones
  • 24Thompson
  • 28Blackmore

Referee:
Peter Wright

Attendance:
5,109

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