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Fergie: Boro win could prove vital

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was delighted to see his side round off a great week with a 1-0 win at Stevenage.

The result keeps the Posh's push for the play-offs on track and they are now five points clear of seventh-placed Walsall with a game in hand on the Saddlers after reaching the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on Monday.

However, the situation is nothing like as rosy for Stevenage who are now nine points adrift of safety.

Ferguson said: "This was a tough place to come, especially after Monday night and all the excitement from that.

"In the end it's taken a real quality goal to win it for us with a great cross from Mark Little and a great finish from Nicky.

"The goal came from something we've worked on this week because we didn't know if they would go with two centre-halves or three but we knew if we put crosses in like that we'd cause them problems.

"They're big lads and we didn't want to just lump balls into the box, we had to put them in behind and that was a fantastic example of what we've done.

"It was a good finish and we could have scored more - we should have scored more. But I'm delighted with the win.

"You get some games where you look back and you think 'that was a good one' and this is one of those."

Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day had to be at his best in the first half to keep Peterborough at bay as he first kept out Danny Swanson's shot before later twice denying former Boro midfielder Michael Bostwick.

At the other end, Bobby Olejnik saved well from Darius Charles just before the Posh finally broke through when Ajose got in front of his marker to put away Little's cross.