Port Vale 0-2 Peterborough United: Darren Ferguson makes a triumphant return as Posh boss

Ephron Mason-Clark scores Peterborough's first goal
Ephron Mason-Clark has scored seven goals for Peterborough this season

Ephron Mason-Clark hit a second-half double to give Darren Ferguson a winning start to his fourth spell as Peterborough manager at Port Vale.

The win lifted Posh up two places to seventh in League One, while Port Vale remained in 11th.

Mason-Clark fired narrowly wide when shown in the clearest opening of the first half.

But the 23-year-old found his range after 56 minutes when Jonson Clarke-Harris teed up Joe Ward with a deep shot across goal for Mason-Clark to stoop to turn into an empty net.

Clarke-Harris was partially off target with a header on the hour mark, but Mason-Clark got on top of Ward’s square ball quickly afterwards and only a full-length stop from Jack Stevens prevented Kwame Poku from adding a third for the visitors.

Will Norris was rarely tested after an eighth-minute save at the feet of Mal Benning and the Peterborough goalkeeper, on loan from Burnley, marked his first senior appearance in 20 months with a clean sheet.

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson guided Peterborough to four promotions in previous spells in charge

Match report provided by PA Media.

They set up

Port Vale

Forming 3-4-1-2

  • 25Stevens
  • 2Cass
  • 6Smith
  • 3JonesReplaced byForresteron 81′minute
  • 7WorrallReplaced byRobinsonon 65′minute
  • 8Garrity
  • 23PettReplaced byOohon 81′minute
  • 11Benning
  • 26ButterworthReplaced byPoliticalon 65′minute
  • 21Far away
  • 19Massey


  • 1Stone
  • 14Ooh
  • 15Forrester
  • 17Holden
  • 24Agyakwa
  • 27Robinson
  • 33Political


Forming 4-2-3-1

  • 1Norris
  • 12Thompson
  • 6Kent
  • 4Edwards
  • 3Butler
  • 8Taylor
  • 22Kyprianou
  • 23Ward
  • 11TryBooked in 77 minutesReplaced byBurrowson 81′minute
  • 10Mason-Clark
  • 9Clarke-Harris


  • 5Knight
  • 14Marriott
  • 15Ogbeta
  • 16Burrows
  • 17Jones
  • 24Thompson
  • 28Blackmore

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