Burnley boss Sean Dyche was left to reflect on an inspired substitution after Martin Paterson came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw at rock-bottom Peterborough.

Paterson levelled with five minutes remaining at London Road to move the Clarets to within four points of the Championship play-off places. And only a terrific stoppage-time save from Posh keeper Bobby Olejnik denied Paterson a dramatic winner as his glancing header from point-blank range was clawed to safety.

Burnley had earlier hit the front after just 65 seconds through fit-again top-scorer Charlie Austin, but they were staring at a shock defeat after two goals in the space of five minutes from Posh skipper Tommy Rowe midway through the second period.

Paterson's leveller ensured a share of the spoils that did neither side any favours.

Dyche said: "It's a pleasing point in one respect as it takes us closer to the play-off places, but it's also a frustrating result as we felt this was a game we could have won.

"We enjoyed a fantastic start and controlled the first half of the game on a very awkward surface.

"Peterborough had a real go in the second half, as you would expect from a team fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table.

"We conceded a poor goal to be pegged back and then found ourselves behind, but our boys always keep going right to the bitter end."

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson said: "Under some circumstances a draw against Burnley would be viewed as a decent result, but we've put ourselves in a position where we have to win games so we can't be happy with a point.

"The lads gave me a great reaction in the second half as we got ourselves ahead and I fancied us to see it out, but it wasn't to be."