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Match Preview | Posh v Blackburn Rovers

A look ahead to Saturday's game with Blackburn Rovers.

8 December 2017

Posh v Blackburn Rovers
Posh v Blackburn Rovers

Grant McCann's men entertain Blackburn Rovers at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon with promotion-chasing Blackburn Rovers the opponents at the ABAX Stadium (3pm) and with Tony Mowbray’s men sitting in fourth place and Posh in seventh place in the table, it is a hugely attractive game for both sets of supporters.

After 2-0 victory over Southend United in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek and a cup replay in the Emirates FA Cup against Woking to look forward to on Tuesday evening, the league is now the priority for Grant McCann’s men.

Blackburn threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Crewe Alexandra at Ewood Park in the Emirates FA Cup last week and also lost two players to suspension including former Norwich City winger Elliott Bennett.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of Junior Morias (thigh) and Liam Shephard (groin) for the clash with Rovers. Shephard suffered a reaction to one of the drills in training with the Sports Science team and could well be out for a further couple of weeks. “It is a blow for Liam and frustrating for him because he is desperate to come back but that sometimes happens in football,” McCann commented.

Ryan Tafazolli and Leo Da Silva Lopes both trained on Friday, but McCann confirmed he will assess their fitness levels ahead of the game. Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray will be without midfield pair Rekeem Harper and Elliott Bennett, who are out for one and four games respectively.

However, the boss will be boosted by the possible return to action of Craig Conway, who will travel down to Cambridgeshire with the team. Ben Gladwin is still out with a knee injury and the game comes too soon for defender Darragh Lenihan to make his return to action. Harry Chapman is another who's out until 2018.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Blackburn have a strong squad and a big budget for the league. They were in the Championship last term and have kept a lot of those players and also added to them, but our focus is on ourselves and making sure we have a fresh XI to face them. We have one or two knocks, but we will assess them in the morning.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

"We have a tough run of games coming up, starting at Peterborough. Grant puts his team out to play how he used to play. He used to like getting on the ball and playing the ball with his left foot, playing there a long time. They certainly have talented individuals like [Marcus] Maddison and [Gwion] Edwards on the other side of the pitch. They're a good footballing team with obvious threats. We will go there, be positive and play on the front foot and aim to get the three points again,” Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets can be purchased online at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Nicholas Kinseley.

MINUTES’ APPLAUSE

There will be a minute’s applause in memory of supporter Andy Mills who sadly passed away last month. This will take place as soon as the referee blows the whistle to start the second half. We urge both sets of supporters to participate in this applause.

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Blackburn Produce Fine Second Half Comeback

Posh beaten by big-spending Blackburn Rovers.

9 December 2017

Anthony Grant in action against Blackburn Rovers Joe Dent / theposh.com
Anthony Grant in action against Blackburn Rovers

Grant McCann's men beaten by Blackburn Rovers at the ABAX Stadium in Sky Bet League One action.

Peterborough United were undone by three quick-fire second half goals as promotion-chasing Blackburn Rovers produced a fine comeback to record a 3-2 victory at the ABAX Stadium in Sky Bet League One action.

Jack Baldwin was cautioned inside the opening three minutes for a foul on the far side with referee Nicholas Kinselely putting his stamp down on this Sky Bet League One fixture early doors. Dominic Samuel powered a header over the bar from close-range on three minutes as Rovers made the most of the early running.

Jack Marriott fired over from 25-yards after being picked out by skipper Baldwin. Goalkeeper Raya was called upon to deny Andrew Hughes moments later after he had combined with fellow Welshmen Edwards.

Bradley Dack fired a volley wide from 20-yards at the other end after he was found by a chest-pass from Samuel. Bond produced a superb double stop to deny Dack on nine minutes, the second a very brave block.

On 11 minutes, Posh got themselves in front and it was another assist for Maddison, his fine corner was powered into the back of the net at the back post by Steven TAYLOR for his first goal at the ABAX Stadium.

Former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham curled over the top from 30-yards on 17 minutes with Posh boss Grant McCann urging his front three to stay high even when the visitors had possession. Marriott fired over from 25-yards after a good spell of possession from Posh in a very tight area.

Maddison fired a free-kick straight into the arms of Raya after Grant had been felled 30-yards from goal. Antonsson was cautioned for a quite blatant dive in the box by referee Mr Kinseley on the half hour mark.

Blackburn lost the services of Whittingham to a muscle injury on the half hour mark with Corry Evans his replacement. Edwards sent a powerful drive wide of the target from distance after taking a wonderful first touch to collect a cross-field pass.

The visitors levelled the scores on 48 minutes as a corner kick was allowed to reach Charlie MULGREW at the back post and he stabbed home into a gaping net. The visitors made it 2-1 in controversial fashion on 50 minutes, Forrester clearly fouled in the build-up and DACK was well placed to fire home into the bottom corner.

Blackburn made it 3-1 as DACK finished off a wonderful counter attack from one end of the pitch to the other and within 15 minutes, the visitors had turned this fixture on its head. Smallwood was cautioned for a crunching tackle on Grant on 59 minutes.

Taylor saw an effort go over the bar on the half volley on 62 minutes after a deep Maddison corner was only half cleared. Bond produced a wonderful stop to push an Antonsson effort around the post as Rovers threatened a fourth.

Grant McCann made his first change moments later with Danny Lloyd replacing Anderson. Michael Doughty replaced Forrester on 70 minutes. Conway stabbed wide of the target moments later after stretching to reach a lobbed cross into the box.

Lloyd headed over a teasing Edwards cross on 84 minutes moments after Idris Kanu had replaced the injured Grant. Marriott was denied by a fine stop by Raya with Edwards firing the rebound wide via a deflection.

MARRIOTT grabbed his 15th goal of the season with a simple tap in from a fine Lloyd cross in stoppage time before Baldwin was shown a second yellow card for a foul.

Posh: Bond, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin, Edwards, Forrester (sub Doughty 70min), Maddison, Marriott, Anderson (sub Lloyd 64min), Taylor, Grant (sub Kanu 84min). Unused subs: O’Malley, Miller, Penny, Kanu, Freestone.

Blackburn: Raya, Nyambe, Williams, Smallwood, Samuel (sub Graham 74min), Whittingham (sub Evans 30min, sub Tomlinson 46min)), Mulgrew, Antonsson, Dack, Downing, Conway. Unused subs: Leutwiler, Ward, Caddis, Nuttall.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers
Attendance: 6,164 (1,058 Blackburn fans)

 

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