Blackburn Rovers FC
Peterborough United FC

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet Championship action on Wednesday evening with a trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers (7.45pm) with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to build on a positive performance at Stoke City on Saturday.

Posh were beaten 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium, but played well for large periods with just the composure in the final third lacking from a positive performance. Blackburn, who were recently beaten 7-0 at home by a ruthless Fulham, picked up a point from a 1-1 draw at Bristol City in their last fixture.

Posh are without the services of Joel Randall and Ricky-Jade Jones due to injury, but both are back in training and Randall has now completed 45 minutes and close to 70 minutes in under 23 fixtures and could be in the squad for the home clash with Barnsley on Saturday. Jones is due to feature in an under 23 fixture at Everton next Wednesday.

Jack Marriott will undergo a scan on Wednesday to hopefully get the green light to move to the next phase of his recovery from a serious hamstring injury. Manager Darren Ferguson is reporting no fresh injury worries from the weekend.

Blackburn are without the services of influential on-loan Leeds United attacking midfielder Ian Poveda who suffered a possible season-ending injury at Ashton Gate. The in-form Ben Brereton-Diaz is expected to lead the line, but Sam Gallagher could remain side-lined.

“Blackburn are a good team. That defeat to Fulham was very much in isolation, they have some good players and they have some real threats, but to be honest, in every pre-match chat with the media, we would be talking about good players and excellent strikers in the opposition team. We know we can deal with that, we have shown we can, we just need to put in a good performance, but most importantly we need points now,” Ferguson said.

"We just need to put in a good performance, but most importantly we need points now."

“Sam Gallagher’s agonisingly close to returning, but he’s a few days away. He’s that close, he could play on Saturday but do we leave him until the following Saturday? Whether you risk him to potentially have him breaking down again, the medical department are conscious of that and they don’t want another break down. We’ll give them every opportunity to get the strengthening done and to make him robust for the team, that’s what we need,” Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray said.

Tickets are on sale for the trip to Ewood Park at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Tickets will be on sale until 12pm on Wednesday from Peterborough. The game is not all-ticket and Posh fans can pay at the stadium. As at 9am on Wednesday, over 200 tickets had been sold.

Posh will be in the away kit for the game.

The match referee is John Brooks.

Siriki Dembele in action against Blackburn Rovers

Posh beaten 4-0 at Blackburn Rovers in latest Sky Bet Championship fixture.

Peterborough United were beaten 4-0 by Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park as the club’s disappointing away run of form continued with the home side racing into a 3-0 lead before the break and adding a fourth midway through the second half.

Harry Pickering curled a free-kick over the crossbar inside the opening three minutes after referee John Brooks spotted a foul by Oliver Norburn. Goalkeeper Dai Cornell was well placed to keep out a low effort from Joe Rothwell as the midfielder let fly from just outside the penalty area.

On 16 minutes, the home side opened the scoring as a cross from the right was met by a powerful looping header by left-wing back PICKERING who got in front of Kent to execute a fine effort over Cornell.

Clarke-Harris sent a free-kick over the bar from 30-yards moments later after Dembele was once again felled by an opponent. The home side made a change on 26 minutes with Ayala replaced by the experienced Bradley Johnson.

Szmodics saw a goal-bound shot blocked by a brave defender on 33 minutes after an intelligent cut back from Joe Ward on the right. The home side doubled the lead on 35 minutes and it was a disaster for Thompson who was dispossessed in the area and the ball was squared to BRERETON-DIAZ to tap into an empty net.

Beevers was cautioned on 43 minutes for winning the ball as Blackburn won a free-kick in a dangerous area. As the game entered two minutes of stoppage time, the home side added a third as LENINHAN headed home the resulting free-kick.

Darren Ferguson made a double change at the break with Ronnie Edwards and Harrison Burrows replacing Kent and Beevers. Clarke-Harris diverted a Taylor cross wide of the target with his right-foot on 47 minutes.

Szmodics should have reduced the arrears moments later as Clarke-Harris and Dembele combined, but his shot was parried by Kaminski. Blackburn made it 4-0 on the hour mark as another poor pass, this time from Norburn was intercepted and played quickly to BRERETON-DIAZ who made no mistake.

Posh immediately made a change with Norburn replaced and Conor Coventry introduced. Kaminski was perfectly placed to deny Clarke-Harris on 65 minutes after a dinked cross by Dembele as Posh went in search of a consolation.

Cornell beat away a Butterworth effort as Rovers again skipped into a shooting position with plenty of ease.

Blackburn: Kaminski, Nyambe, Pickering, Ayala (sub Johnson 25min), Rothwell, Wharton, Dolan, Buckley (sub Butterworth 68min), Lenihan, Travis, Brereton Diaz. Unused subs: Pears, Davenport, Khadra, Clarkson, Edun.

Posh: Cornell, Butler, Thompson, Beevers (sub Edwards 46min), Kent (sub Burrows 46min), Szmodics, Taylor, Clarke-Harris, Dembele, Norburn (sub Coventry 62min), Ward. Unused subs: Blackmore, Grant, Knight, Poku.

Half-time: Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Blackburn Rovers 4-0 Peterborough United
Attendance: 9,038 (267 Posh fans)
Referee: John Brooks



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