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Match Preview | Posh v Plymouth Argyle

League One new boys visit the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

5 August 2017

Posh v Plymouth Argyle
Posh v Plymouth Argyle

We look forward to Saturday's game with Plymouth Argyle.

Peterborough United open their Sky Bet League One account against newly promoted Plymouth Argyle at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as the eagerly-anticipated new campaign gets underway.

Grant McCann’s men are in front of their own supporters for the first time in three years on opening day after a number of trips north to face Rochdale. Plymouth will provide tough opposition for Posh after securing promotion from League Two last term and enjoying a decent pre-season campaign.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of striker Ricky Miller who is serving the first of a six-match ban carried over from last season and his previous club Dover Athletic. Midfielder Jermaine Anderson is around a month away from a first team return. Anderson has re-joined light training with his team-mates and will step up his rehabilitation over the coming weeks.

Argyle are expected to line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Ryan Taylor set to lead the line, but it will be the form of influential attacking midfielder Graham Carey that will be the key to their performance. Carey signed a new deal in the summer after being linked with a host of clubs and could well be the best bit of business done by Derek Adams ahead of their first campaign at this level since 2011.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Plymouth will have a bit of momentum having been promoted from League Two and the first game of the season is always a hard one to prepare for, however, we have watched them in pre-season and know that they are a good side. We are fully focussed on ourselves, we are looking forward to the game and playing in front of our own supporters.

“We want to go out there and entertain the fans and play the Peterborough way. The fans will see the players wear their hearts on their sleeves, they will work hard for the cause and hopefully carry on our goal-scoring form from pre-season.”

OPPOSITION VIEW

“Peterborough have changed a bit over the summer. They have taken in a good number of players, like ourselves. They are a team that have been able to stabilise themselves in League One and they are looking to get back into the Championship. They are a club that signed players this summer but also moved players on as well.

"We have had them watched a good number of times and we will analyse them. We will do that for every team in the division. Yes, we have had more time than we would get for other games and I think we are prepared for what Peterborough are going to set out and play,” Plymouth manager Derek Adams said.

TICKET NEWS

Ticket sales ahead of the game have been very encouraging so supporters are urged to make sure they arrive early to avoid any queues. Plymouth have sold over 1,200 tickets for the game so they will be well backed too. Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934* and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office. The Box Office will open from 10am on Saturday. Further ticket information can be found here: https://www.theposh.com/news/2017/august/ticketing-tuesday-match-day-informationnew-page/

OTHER INFORMATION

The Posh fan park will be in operation ahead of kick-off with performances from the Mick George cheerleaders. Peter Burrow, Mick the Skip and players not involved in the action will also be present with the FootDarts, speed kick machine and target zone all available for supporters to get involved with.

There will be a minute’s applause in the 50th minute for Posh fan Graham Hill who sadly passed away in the summer. You can find out more here: https://www.theposh.com/news/2017/august/minutes-applause-to-take-place-on-saturday/

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Posh Record Opening Day Success

Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond put in a wonderful display as Posh recorded an opening day victory.

5 August 2017

Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, Gwion Edwards and Jack Marriott celebrate the opening goal Joe Dent / theposh.com
Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, Gwion Edwards and Jack Marriott celebrate the opening goal

Junior Morias on the score-sheet as Posh clinch three points in front of a packed ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United withstood some nervy moments and at times were indebted to goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, but claimed an opening day success with a deflected Leo Da Silva Lopes effort and a Junior Morias finish securing all three points over Plymouth Argyle.

Grant McCann’s men made the perfect start to the game as a cross from Leo Da SILVA LOPES took a huge deflection and squirmed past goalkeeper McCormick at his near post. Marcus Maddison had ghosted past two challenges to create the crossing opportunity for the Posh teenager, who was aided by a huge deflection off Sawyer.

Jake Jervis was denied by a smart stop from Jonathan Bond by his near post moments later as Plymouth tried to create a swift response. McCann was punching the air in appreciation on 17 minutes after a wonderful crunching tackle from Grant to win the ball in the centre of the pitch.

Edwards fired wide on the turn with his left-foot on 22 minutes after a Maddison free-kick caused a bit of panic in the Argyle back-line. Carey was cautioned for a foul on Doughty as Posh tried to counter-attack at pace on 26 minutes.

Bond got a fingertip to a cross-shot from Sawyer on 33 minutes as the visitors threatened down the left. Jervis flicked an effort over the bar from a corner kick after it was nodded back across goal at the back post by Bradley.

Bond produced a superb double stop on 39 minutes to first deny Grant and then Sarcevic before Anthony Grant hacked the ball clear. Edwards stabbed wide of the target at the near post from an in-swinging Maddison corner kick as the half entered four minutes of stoppage time.

Posh doubled their lead a minute after the re-start, Marriott made wonderful progress down the right hand side, winning a physical battle and then squaring for strike partner MORIAS who made no mistake from close-range.

Bond produced another outstanding stop on 56 minutes, this time to deny Ainsworth after Baldwin had given the ball away in a dangerous spot. Marriott was denied by McCormick on 58 minutes after a fine run from left to right as Posh pushed for a third.

Bond produced another fine stop on 64 minutes to tip over a Bradley effort and less than 60 seconds later, Doughty was denied by McCormick after a swift counter attack led by the marauding Maddison down the left hand side.

Grant McCann made his first change on 68 minutes with teenager Idris Kanu introduced for Morias who worked his socks off and bagged his first goal of the season in his display. McCormick produced a fine stop of his own on 70 minutes to deny Marriott from close-range after Edwards had nodded a deep Maddison cross back across goal.

Da Silva Lopes then flashed a shot over the bar after a clever pass from Maddison. Maddison himself fired straight at the keeper after good work from Edwards as Posh continued to create chances in front of goal.

The visitors pulled a goal back on 77 minutes following a swift counter attack of their own, Gregg WYLDE tapping home from close-range as Posh appealed in vain for a free-kick on Maddison at the other end.

Danny Lloyd replaced a limping Maddison on 80 minutes and the final 10 minutes were helter-skelter at times, but Posh clung on for three points.

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