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Bradford v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to the Boxing Day trip to Bradford.

24 December 2017

Bradford City v Posh
Bradford City v Posh

Tickets can be purchased on the day for the trip to Bradford City on Boxing Day.

Peterborough United make the journey to Valley Parade to face Bradford City on Boxing Day (3pm) looking to make it three wins from three in Sky Bet League One and four victories in a row in all competitions.

Grant McCann’s men moved closer to the play-off pack following a 3-0 victory over Bury at the weekend with goals from Jack Marriott and Danny Lloyd (2). Bradford suffered a 2-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon in their last outing but remain cemented in a good position as we approach the turn of the year.

TEAM NEWS

Striker Junior Morias was named on the substitute’s bench for the game with Bury and is around three weeks ahead of schedule. He is expected to travel to Bradford, but Ricky Miller could return to the squad after illness. Jack Baldwin remains a doubt with a hamstring injury that saw him miss the weekend win.

Bradford have former Posh striker Paul Taylor in their ranks and he was on target in that defeat to AFC Wimbledon. Charlie Wyke is the club’s danger-man – the former Carlisle United front man is a powerful presence in attack and provides the perfect foil for the nimble footwork of Taylor.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Bradford are a good side, but they were beaten 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon in their last game and that shows what this league is all about. They have quality, but so do we, we will prepare in the right way, travel up on Christmas Day evening and look to assert ourselves on the game. We may have to make changes to freshen things up, which we will look at.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Peterborough are a very dangerous side. I saw them in their previous away match at Fleetwood - a game they won 3-2. They have some good attacking players in their squad. Jack Marriott is the top scorer in the league and Marcus Maddison is a player who I'm sure has caught the eye of a few Championship clubs. It could be an entertaining match. We had a good game with Scunthorpe this time last year, and it will be good to be at home again on Boxing Day,” Bradford boss Stuart McCall said.

TICKET NEWS

It is likely to be a big crowd at Valley Parade with the home faithful expecting one of the largest attendances of the season. Posh fans will be accommodated in the upper tier of the TL Dallas Stand behind the goal. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game.

Adults: £25
Seniors: 60+: £15
Students: £15
U16s: £10
U11s: £5
Ambulant/Wheelchair disabled: Relevant price with carer: FOC

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Darren Handley.

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Marriott At The Double

Jack with another brace as Posh win agai

26 December 2017

Jack Marriott scores against Bradford City Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jack Marriott scores against Bradford City

Jack Marriott takes his tally to 21 with wonderful win on the road at fellow promotion hopefuls.

Peterborough United made it three Sky Bet League One wins in a row with a fine 3-1 success at fellow promotion candidates Bradford City as Posh celebrated Boxing Day with a tremendous victory on the road.

After a bright opening, it was Grant McCann’s men who had the first attempt on goal, Danny Lloyd’s left-footed effort parried by keeper Sattelmaier after an intelligent reverse pass from Marcus Maddison. Penny did well at the back post to put off the onrushing Robinson as the Bantams began to settle.

Marriott saw a shot blocked and then he was denied the breakthrough by a fine stop from the onrushing Sattelmaier after a wonderful flick from Doughty. The goal did arrive on 14 minutes though, Marriott heading into the path of the in-form LLOYD and he made no mistake, drilling low into the bottom corner with his left-foot.

Lloyd cracked the outside of the post following a fine run in the left hand channel on 25 minutes after Grant picked him out. Meanwhile at the other end, Paul Taylor saw a curling effort drift just wide of the post after a forceful run from midfield.

Posh were breaking at pace moments later after a wonderful piece of individual skill from Forrester, who then picked out Marriott on the edge of the box, his effort was blocked and Lloyd dragged his right-foot shot wide with Doughty screaming for the pass.

Vincelot planted a header wide from a McMahon free-kick on 30 minutes after Penny had been adjudged to have felled Taylor by the touchline. On 32 minutes, Posh doubled their lead and no surprise that it was Maddison and MARRIOTT working in tandem once again, Maddison with an inch-perfect cross right onto the head of the striker who buried his 20th goal of the season.

Maddison was booked for dissent on 35 minutes by referee Mr Handley. Doughty fired wide from 25-yards after a smart turn on 42 minutes. Tafazolli was cautioned for a high boot moments later on Thompson. flicked a McMahon free-kick wide of the far post from the resulting set-piece.

Bradford made a double change at the break with Dieng and McCartan introduced in place of Thompson and Hendrie. Maddison picked out Lloyd with a fine half-volley pass on 47 minutes, but keeper Sattelmaier did well to deny the former Stockport man.

Substitute McCartan saw a low shot well gathered by Bond diving to his right at the other end. Bond produced a fine stop with his leg to divert a side-footed Robinson effort over the bar after the referee failed to spot a quite obvious foul on Grant in the build-up.

Penny was cautioned for a crunching tackle by the touch-line with Dieng heading the resulting free-kick over the bar. Vincelot headed a corner from McMahon over the bar on 57 minutes after the referee had given a corner for a quite blatant header wide by the same Bantams player.

Posh made it 3-0 on 66 minutes and it was another superb goal, Maddison with a fine pass and a delicate lob from MARRIOTT over the advancing keeper and into the back of the net. That is 21 for the season for Marriott and I make it about 23 assists for Maddison. Incredible.

Bond did well to gather a deflected Taylor shot from 20-yards on 72 minutes. Dieng headed over from a McMahon free-kick on 74 minutes. Robinson skied a shot after cutting inside into the box on 75 minutes as Posh readied a substitute.

Posh made their first change on 78 minutes with Leo Da Silva Lopes replacing Lloyd. Bradford pulled a goal back on 83 minutes and it was a superb strike in fairness from former Posh starlet Paul TAYLOR who rifled a shot into the top corner.

Bradford: Sattelmaier, Thompson (sub Dieng 46min), Kilgallon, Vincelot, Law, Wyke, Taylor, Gillead, Hendrie (sub McCartan 46min), McMahon, Robinson. Unused subs: Raeder, Reeves, Hanson, Knight-Percival, Patrick.


Posh: Bond, Hughes, Tafazolli, Penny, Taylor, Forrester, Grant, Doughty, Maddison, Lloyd (sub Da Silva Lopes 78min), Marriott. Unused subs: O’Malley, Kanu, Freestone, Anderson, Morias, Shephard.

Half-time: Bradford 0-2 Peterborough United
Full-time: Bradford 1-3 Peterborough United
Attendance: 21,220 (427 Posh fans)

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