Peterborough United 3 - Bury 0...
Chris Lucketti made three changes to the side which faced Portsmouth last Saturday, with Chris Maguire, Danny Mayor, and Josh Laurent coming in for Andrew Tutte, Michael Smith and Callum Reilly.
Grant McCann made two changes to the side that won at Fleetwood on Sunday. Welsh winger Gwion Edwards was forced out due to an ankle injury and Leo Da Silva Lopes was dropped to the bench with Jermaine Anderson and Danny Lloyd coming in in their places.
It wasn't a great start for the Shakers when they found themselves behind after just two minutes. A corner from the Bury left found Danny Lloyd, who headed home from 6 yards at the near post to give the home side an early advantage.
Bury's first chance came shortly afterward when Jay O'Shea found himself with plenty of space with the option to play Phil Edwards in, but he chose to have a go himself – but his effort was just over the left corner of the goal.
The Shakers came close to grabbing an equaliser in the 10th minute, with Danny Mayor fancying his chances from around 25 yards after being afforded too much time and space. He struck the ball with some real power but 'keeper Jonathan Bond reacted well and managed to claw the ball around the post and out for a corner.
Bury had managed to get forward and looked dangerous during the first half. After some good movement from the Shakers, Josh Laurent found himself deep in the Peterborough half and drove the ball forward into the box - he managed to put in a good cross that was well stopped by Bond but the ref saw a push in the move and awarded Posh a free kick.
After being on the front foot for most of the first half, the Shakers were unlucky not to go into half time on level terms after a series of good chances, with Rohan Ince coming closest. He fancied his chances with a volley from around 40 yards out, which almost caught Bond out, but he just about managed to get a hand to it to tip it over the bar.
Half Time: Peterborough United 1 - Bury 0
Grant McCann made a change at half time with Jermaine Anderson making way for Chris Forrester.
It was a positive start to the second half for the Shakers as they maintained the standard which they had displayed in the first half. Jay O'Shea came close in the 51st minute with a low effort from just outside of the box after the Posh had failed to clear the ball, but his sharp shot hit the base of the post and bounced away.
Eoghan O’Connell was cautioned moments later when the referee claimed handball.
Bury found themselves under pressure on 56 minutes when O'Connell was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Maddison – something that went on to change the game.
Shortly after the sending off the Posh were given the opportunity to double their lead, and they wasted no time in doing so. A sublime through ball from Marcus Maddison found Jack Marriott who placed his well-taken header past Fasan at his near post.
Bury went on to replace Rohan Ince for Stephen Dawson who was returning for the first time since his injury, which had seen him sidelined since August, and Danny Mayor was replaced by Harry Bunn who was also coming back from injury.
Unlike the scoreline suggests, it wasn't a stroll in the park for Peterborough, as Bury had been threatening up until the sending off which subsequently changed the game, with the home side being able to exploit the space. Danny Lloyd soon secured his brace and made it 3-0 to the Posh with a superb effort from 30 yards with his fierce shot flying straight into the top corner of the net.
Full-Time: Peterborough United 3 – Bury 0
Peterborough United: Bond, Hughes, Tafazolli, Taylor, Penny, Grant (sub Kanu 80min), Doughty (sub Da Silva Lopes 63min), Anderson (sub Forrester 46min), Maddison, Lloyd, Marriott. Unused subs: O’Malley, Shephard, Morias, Freestone.
Bury: Fasan, Leigh, O’Connell, Maguire, Mayor (sub Bunn 67min), Ajose, Edwards, Laurent, O’Shea, Cameron, Ince (sub Dawson 67min). Unused subs: Moloney, Williams, Reilly, Aldred, Smith.
Attendance: 4,640 (184 Bury fans)