Jan 21, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​London Road Stadium
PeterboroughPeterborough United
4-3
Notts County
Ajose (30', 74', 85'), Assombalonga (54')
Swanson (17'), McCann (33'), Brisley (55')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Showunmi (4'), Murray (7'), Grealish (76')
Sheehan (20'), Grealish (45')
Murray (16')

Result: Peterborough see off Notts County in seven-goal thriller

Result: Posh see off Magpies in thriller
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Nicky Ajose's hat-trick gives Peterborough all three points against Notts County in a seven-goal thriller at London Road.

A Nicky Ajose hat-trick was enough to see off a battling Notts County in a thrilling match at London Road.

In what was a topsy-turvy contest that contained seven goals, County took the lead through Enoch Showunmi's strike, after the forward managed to get on the end of Alan Sheehan's cross.

The Magpies doubled their advantage in similar fashion when Kieron Freeman crossed the ball for Ronan Murray to flick into the back of the net.

Then came the game's turning point, as goalscorer Murray was sent off for an off-the-ball incident, which the Posh took advantage of.

Following a few attempts on goal through the returning Lee Tomlin, Perterborough finally got their first courtesy of Ajose, who controlled the ball well before firing past Bartosz Bialkowski to give the hosts a lifeline.

Britt Assombalonga headed home Posh's second to level the contest, before Ajose added his second and his side's third with a strike from outside the box to give the hosts the lead for the first time on the night.

10-man County battled on and levelled the match through Jack Grealish's left-footed shot just two minutes after going behind.

The game didn't end there though, as Ajose completed his hat-trick after heading in from close range past a helpless Bialkowski to signal the end of a hugely entertaining game.

Lee Tomlin of Peterborough United runs with the ball during the pre season friendly match between Peterborough United and Hull City at London Road Stadium on July 29, 2013
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