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Match Preview | Posh v Southampton (U21)

The Checkatrade Trophy group stage gets underway on Tuesday night.

28 August 2017

Posh host young Saints at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Peterborough United kick-off their Checkatrade Trophy campaign on Tuesday night as Grant McCann’s men entertain Southampton (u21) at the ABAX Stadium (7.45pm) and the Posh boss has confirmed that he is desperate to improve on last season’s performance in the competition.

Posh were beaten by an experienced Norwich City side and followed that up by losing to Milton Keynes Dons before beating Barnet at the Hive in a dead rubber group game. The Saints are arguably the best Academy in the Premier League with a whole raft of talented youngsters coming through the ranks at St. Marys.

TEAM NEWS

While Posh are expected to field a strong side against the Saints, manager McCann confirmed that midfielder Jermaine Anderson is expected to get more minutes under his belt. Anderson came on as a late substitute in the 4-1 rout of local rivals Northampton Town on Saturday and although he is ahead of schedule, he isn’t expected to start.

Ricky Miller remains suspended while Callum Chettle is out with a muscle strain. Chris Forrester, Danny Lloyd and Andrew Hughes are pushing for starts. Southampton have sent across a squad list for the clash and no first team players are included, however, the Saints are desperate to go far in the competition.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Part of my remit is to win the Checkatrade Trophy so it goes without saying that I want to win the game on Tuesday night. We were beaten heavily by Norwich City in the first group game last year and that left us chasing the group. We want to start well but know it will be difficult because Southampton have a strong crop of youngsters.

“Jermaine is ahead of schedule and it was great to get him some minutes on Saturday. He will get some more minutes against Southampton. He is a good player, you know he can bring a lot of energy into midfield. We are looking forward to the game.”

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale from www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster Hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and at the Box Office in person. Season ticket holders' seats are reserved until 5pm on Monday 28th August. The Motorpoint and Upper Tier of the BGL Family Stand will be closed for this match.

Tickets purchased in advance

£5 for adults

£3 for seniors 60+/U22s

£1 for under 18s

On the night (from 5pm)

£10 for adults

£7 for seniors 60+/U22s

£1 for under 18s

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Match Reports

Saints Youngsters Swept Aside By Posh

Junior Morias and Marcus Maddison condemn Saints to defeat.

29 August 2017

Marcus Maddison scores against Southampton Under 21s from the penalty spot Joe Dent / theposh.com
Marcus Maddison scores against Southampton Under 21s from the penalty spot

Young Southampton side swept aside by in-form Posh at the

Peterborough United began their Checkatrade Trophy group stage campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Southampton at the ABAX Stadium with Junior Morias and Marcus Maddison on target for the second successive fixture.

It didn’t take long for Grant McCann’s men to nudge themselves ahead, two minutes on the clock when Junior MORIAS fired home from close-range after Marcus Maddison’s corner kick caused panic in the Saints six-yard box.

Conor O’Malley was called upon to make a fine stop moments later to deny Jonathan Afolabi after the striker had tricked his way past Hughes. Edwards fired wide of the target on eight minutes after being picked out by Maddison as Posh pushed for an early second in the driving rain.

Morias was denied a second by a fine fingertip stop from goalkeeper McCarthy, the only experienced member of the Saints starting line-up. On 21 minutes, Posh made it 2-0 as Cook upended the lively Kanu in the box and Marcus MADDISON stepped up and coolly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot to make it two in two for the talented attacking midfielder.

O’Malley was well positioned to deny Callum Slattery’s powerful free-kick on 34 minutes after Baldwin had upended the strong Afolabi. Maddison tested McCarthy with a low right-footed strike on 41 minutes after good build-up involving Morias and Doughty.

O’Malley had to be at his athletic best to tip over a well-struck volley from Alfie Jones on 47 minutes as the visitors made a bright start to the second period. Morias was denied by the legs of McCarthy on 55 minutes after a wonderful through ball by Da Silva Lopes before Posh prepared to make a couple of changes.

Tafazolli planted a header wide of the target from a driven Maddison corner kick on 58 minutes. Jack Marriott and Jermaine Anderson were introduced on the hour mark with Doughty and Morias the men withdrawn.

Goalkeeper McCarthy did well to push a glancing header from Tafazolli around the post on 66 minutes after another excellent Maddison set-piece. Marriott should have made it 3-0 after charging down a clearance from Wood, but after taking a decent touch, he fired wide with his left-foot.

Marriott fired over from close-range before Liam Shephard was introduced for Da Silva Lopes. Edwards had the ball in the back of the net on 81 minutes from a deep Marriott cross, but the assistant referee ruled it out for offside.

Posh: O’Malley, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin, Edwards, Forrester, Maddison, Morias (sub Marriott 60min), Da Silva Lopes (sub Shephard 75min), Kanu, Doughty (sub Anderson 60min). Unused subs: Tibbetts, Lloyd, Penny,, Burrows.

Southampton: McCarthy, Wood, Jones, Bakary, Cook, Johnson (sub Tella 76min), Slattery, O’Driscoll, Afolabi (sub Smallbone 90min), Barnes (sub Obafemi 61min), Little. Unused subs: Rose, O’Connor, Rowthorn, Klarer.

Half time: Peterborough United 2-0 Southampton
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-0 Southampton
Attendance: 2,282 (48 Southampton fans)

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