11/12/2021
11/12/2021
Peterborough United FC
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Millwall FC

Match Preview: Posh v Millwall

Weston Homes Stadium

A look ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Millwall.

Peterborough United welcome Millwall to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship with both sides looking to build some momentum ahead of the busy festive period.

Darren Ferguson’s men were beaten 2-0 by Nottingham Forest last time out with two second half goals condemning Posh to defeat, while the Lions beat Birmingham City 3-1 at the Den to move into eighth spot in a congested Championship table.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back Kwame Poku to the first team squad after some impressive displays for the under 23s. He fractured a bone in his hand in the win at Everton, but has seen a hand specialist since and been given the all-clear to play with a cast.

Joel Randall returns to the group on Friday after recovering from a spell on the side-lines with Covid-19 but won’t be considered for the game. Jack Marriott (hamstring) and Ricky-Jade Jones (hip) are both on the road to recovery.

Connor Mahoney is a doubt to be available for Millwall’s festive fixtures as he makes “slow progress” after a hamstring injury. Mahoney, 24, went off at half-time in Millwall under-23s’ 4-4 Professional Development League draw at Ipswich Town on November 22 and was expected to only miss around two weeks. However, he has yet to return to full training.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Millwall are a good side, they play with lots of energy and intensity, so we will need to be aggressive from the off in terms of how we impose ourselves on the game. They have had a lot of draws this season, but that is the nature of the Championship, it is hugely competitive. They will be backed by over 2,000 fans and that will add to the atmosphere. We are at home, generally we have been good at home,” Darren Ferguson said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Millwall will occupy the Deskgo Stand and have sold out of their allocation of just over 2,300.

HEAD TO HEAD

Posh have a mixed record against the Lions but in their last three victories, Posh have netted five goals on each occasion. A 5-1 win at Millwall in 2013 will be remembered as the final game that George Boyd represented the club in his first spell. Lee Tomlin scored twice that day.

A 5-3 win over Millwall in 2015 featured a brace from Jon Taylor while in 2016, Gwion Edwards bagged a brace in a thumping 5-1 victory.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Leigh Doughty.

Superb Posh Fight Back To Take Deserved Three Points

Jonson Clarke-Harris scoring against Millwall

Jonson Clarke-Harris netted the winner as Posh came from behind to secure three points against Millwall.

Peterborough United fought back from 1-0 down to beat Millwall 2-1 at the Weston Homes Stadium after an enthralling Sky Bet Championship encounter, but in simple terms, Darren Ferguson’s men deserved to win the game for their performance and they did just that to close the gap to two points from safety.

Posh were forced into a change on nine minutes as Joe Tomlinson replaced Dan Butler, who was left stricken after a heavy 50-50 challenge. The visitors opened the scoring on 16 minutes and it was a goal that was simple in it’s creation, a low cross from the dangerous Jed Wallace and Tom BRADSHAW was there to tap home from close-range.

Sammie Szmodics saw an effort claimed by Lions keeper Bialkowski on 18 minutes after Tomlinson’s free-kick was only half cleared to the edge of the penalty area. Szmodics glanced a header at goal from a teasing Grant centre on 21 minutes, but this time it was more routine for the Millwall shot-stopper.

Scott Malone was shown a yellow card moments later for a foul on Harrison Burrows. Murray Wallace followed him into the book for a foul on Grant. Tomlinson’s delivery was causing a few problems and an in-swinging set-piece on 23 minutes skimmed off the head of Bradshaw and forced Bialkowski into a smart stop.

Norburn was booked for a foul on Benik Afobe in a dangerous position on 24 minutes and from the resulting free-kick, the Posh wall stood tall to block an effort from Jed Wallace. Dembele saw a shot wonderfully blocked by Cooper on 31 minutes before a follow-up shot from Norburn was deflected behind for a corner kick.

McNamara was cautioned for a foul on Burrows on 37 minutes while Tomlinson whipped a free-kick inches wide after Hutchinson was cautioned for another foul. Grant tested the keeper with a stinging drive on 50 minutes, which the keeper did well to help over the crossbar.

Tomlinson tested Bialkowski with a right-footed effort from 20-yards on 53 minutes, but the keeper was well placed to keep it out. Darren Ferguson made a change just before the hour mark with Jonson Clarke-Harris replacing the hard-working Szmodics in attack.

Posh were a whisker away from levelling the scores on 59 minutes as Harrison Burrows cut inside onto his left-foot and fired towards goal, the ball rolling agonisingly wide of the near post from the edge of the box. On 64 minutes, Posh levelled the scores as a scooped pass from Taylor picked out CLARKE-HARRIS, a defender tried to squeeze him out but the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Less than three minutes later and Posh were ahead as a cross from Knight was flicked on by Thompson and there was CLARKE-HARRIS at the back stick to control a left-footed effort past the keeper from close-range.

Goalkeeper Dai Cornell produced a big save to keep out dangerman Jed Wallace on 72, before Evans curled high and wide from distance. Gary Rowett made a triple change on 73 minutes with Matt Smith, Mason Bennett and Sheyi Ojo introduced.

The towering Smith glanced a header wide of the target on 88 minutes after a chipped cross into the box from the right hand side. Cornell was booked for time wasting in stoppage time by referee Leigh Doughty.

Posh: Cornell, Edwards, Butler (sub Tomlinson 9min), Thompson, Szmodics (sub Clarke-Harris 57min), Taylor (sub Coventry 87min), Grant, Dembele, Knight, Burrows, Norburn. Unused subs: Blackmore, Kent, Poku, Corbett.

Millwall: Bialkowski, McNamara, Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, J. Wallace (sub Ojo 73min), Bradshaw, Malone (sub Bennett 73min), Afobe (sub Smith 73min), Mitchell, Evans. Unused subs: Long, Kleftenbeid, Pearce, Saville,

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-1 Milwall
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-1 Millwall
Attendance: 9,140 (2,302 Millwall fans)
Referee: Leigh Doughty

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