Peterborough maintain pace at League One summit by beating Bristol Rovers

Dan Butler (right) scored a stunner for Peterborough
Dan Butler (right) scored a stunner for Peterborough (PA Wire)
21:22pm, Tue 03 Nov 2020
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Long-range strikes from Jack Taylor and Dan Butler gave Sky Bet League One pacesetters Peterborough a 2-0 win at Bristol Rovers

Three minutes before the break, midfielder Taylor strode onto a square ball from Siriki Dembele and fired an unstoppable right-footed shot into the roof of the net from 25 yards.

Fireworks were exploding in the sky near the ground on 64 minutes when Butler produced a rocket of his own, finding the top corner with a sweet left-footed strike from just outside the box.

Both sides had first-half chances, Rovers midfielder Sam Nicholson being denied by a goal-saving Butler block and a smart save from Christy Pym.

At the other end, the dangerous Dembele mishit his shot when through and Sammie Szmodics had a shot deflected wide.

Posh were good value for the points, Szmodics having two second-half shots tipped onto a post by Rovers goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola.

Brandon Hanlan forced a save from Pym with a low shot from a narrow angle and had another effort deflected wide at the death, but the hosts could have no complaints.

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