Peterborough United kept up their promotion assault in League One with a 2-0 victory this afternoon against Lincoln City.
After an evenly-fought first half, Posh upped the ante in the second period. A rasping drive by Louis Reed gave them the lead before Ivan Toney’s slick finish made it 2-0.
Reed was sent off in the dying stages but the home side hung on for all three points. Lincoln, who beat Sunderland last weekend, were matching their hosts in the first half, but some fans felt the game turned on an incident immediately after the restart.
Michael O’Connor had been the Imps’ best performer in the first half, but after a seemingly innocuous collision with Toney immediately after the restart, he was taken off. It appeared to be a head or neck injury and losing him upset the rhythm of the game.
With the benefit of hindsight, a few Lincoln fans are not happy with the challenge. Toney appears to jump into O’Connor after the ball has gone, leading with an elbow into the back of the midfielder’s neck.
Was it a foul, or is it an innocent collision which changed the game? You decide.
Referee can you please explain how you missed this please ?? pic.twitter.com/Uq7YGCcDn5
— GB1973 (@gordon_burnley) October 12, 2019
These Lincoln fans certainly have their opinions on the incident, which you can read below.
That's shocking. Straight red
— 2 club wanker (@xLepebble) October 12, 2019
That's no collision. That's deliberate.
O'Connor was our best player in the 1st half
— Rob Stainton (@Rob23go) October 12, 2019
— Si N Neat Tomlinson (@vinceandpen) October 12, 2019
That's not an entirely innocent challenge is it? Changed the game as well. I know some think that it's part of the game, but it's a pretty nasty little incident.
— The Stacey West (@Staceywestblog) October 12, 2019
Oh, I agree it was a foul. It's all well and good saying performances merit us being in the division, but it's results. Look at Blackpool in the Premier League in 2011, great, entertaining performances and most people's second Prem team, but results weren't there
— Kate Jackson (@kjackson1984) October 12, 2019