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Gillingham v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to the trip to Priestfield.

9 February 2018

Posh travel to Gillingham in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday - we look ahead to the game.

Peterborough United travel to Priestfield to face in-form Gillingham in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s narrow 1-0 home reverse to Southend United at the ABAX Stadium.

The Gills have been on an excellent run of form in recent weeks, which has seen them move away from the relegation zone at the foot of the division. They were beaten last time out, but that was at league leaders Wigan Athletic.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of Gwion Edwards due to a long-term ankle injury and defender Alex Penny has joined him on the sidelines. Penny dislocated his shoulder this week and is awaiting results on a scan to determine any further damage. He could be out for a week or up to three months.

Gillingham are expected to include former Posh defender Gabi Zakuani in their starting line-up. He has been in excellent form particularly in their recent surge up the league table and has won praise from his manager and the clubs supporters. Tom Eaves is another man in form – he has four goals from his last five games and will lead the line. Gills boss Steve Lovell has just won the League One Manager of the Month for January.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Gillingham are in excellent form and have demonstrated what can happen if you string a few results together. Steve Lovell has done really well there and it is always a tough place to go. Hopefully the weather will be kind to our supporters because they will be in that uncovered stand behind the goal. We have had a good week with the players and we are looking forward to the game.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We didn’t have the best start to the season and work had to be done, but we just managed to get the players working hard together as a unit and fortunately enough it turned and we’ve had a decent run since then.

“It’s hard to put a finger on what has been behind the turnaround, it’s just playing players in positions where they could be the best for the team and for the football club and getting a mutual respect with them. They’re a really good bunch of players, they’ve worked hard and they are still doing that now,” Gills boss Steve Lovell said.

TICKET INFORMATION

Just under 300 tickets have been sold in advance for the League One clash. Tickets are on sale 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. The game is not all-ticket.

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The match referee is Craig Hicks.

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Late Leveller Earns Gills Point

Posh concede late and are forced to settle for a point at Gillingham.

10 February 2018

Danny Lloyd scores against Gillingham Joe Dent / theposh.com
Danny Lloyd scores against Gillingham

Posh pick up a point at Priestfield but leave frustrated after last gasp equaliser from the hosts.

Peterborough United conceded a stoppage time equaliser as Gillingham earned a 1-1 draw at a wet and windy Priestfield with defender Max Ehmer firing the leveller with less than two minutes of the added time remaining.

It was harsh on Posh who were the better side for long periods and had taken the lead through Danny Lloyd’s 12th goal of the campaign. Posh face Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night at the ABAX Stadium.

Jack Marriott tested goalkeeper Holy inside the opening minute with a low strike that the Gills shot-stopper did well to hold. Holy was called upon again on six minutes to deny a snap-shot from Michael Doughty from 20-yards.

Shephard sliced a shot over the bar after being picked out by Lloyd on 11 minutes as Posh broke at good pace. Grant was cautioned by the referee for his first foul of the game moments later for bringing down the pacy Parker. A Ward snap-shot at the other end went well wide of the far post.

Lloyd had the ball in the back of the net with a clever volley on 22 minutes but the offside flag was raised and it was the correct decision. Holy denied Marriott with his legs on 42 minutes after finding a bit of space in the left channel.

Byrne was cautioned 10 seconds into the second period for a foul on Ward. Reilly followed him into the book for a foul on Grant.  Bogle showed good close control to wriggle past two challenges on 51 minutes, but his toe-poked left-foot finish went wide.

Shephard saw a cross-shot well defended by Ehmer before Marriott fired the rebound over after Grant won the ball in midfield. Parker headed over at the near post from a Garmston cross on the hour mark after being afforded a bit of time and space.

Grant fired over after racing onto a good Marriott flick on 64 minutes, good run but wrong man in that position. Junior Morias replaced Bogle in the first Grant McCann change on 66 minutes and moments later Posh were ahead as LLOYD fired home through the keepers legs with his left-foot from seven yards after the hosts failed to clear.

The hosts thought they had levelled on 70 minutes as Parker appeared to bundle a rebound over the line after Bond had initially parried his close-range header but the assistant referee didn’t give the goal and he was well placed.

Joe Ward was replaced by Andrew Hughes as the contest entered the final 10 minutes of normal time. Chris Forrester replaced the goalscorer Lloyd on 88 minutes. Bond did well to punch an inswinging corner clear before Marriott squandered a chance on the counter attack, declining a pass and then firing wide.

In stoppage time, the Gills grabbed a late equaliser as centre back EHMER suddenly found space in the box and he powered a low shot through Bond and into the back of the net.

Gillingham: Holy, O’Neill, Garmston (sub Ogilvie 73min), Ehmer, Zakuani, Hessenthaler, Eaves, Parker, List (sub Wagstaff 67min) Reilly (sub Wilkinson 76min), Byrne. Unused subs: Hadler, Nugent, Nash, Moussa.

Posh: Bond, Shephard, Tafazolli, Baldwin, Taylor, Ward (sub Hughes 80min), Grant, Doughty, Lloyd (sub Forrester 88min), Bogle (sub Morias 65min), Marriott. Unused subs: O’Malley, Kanu, Da Silva Lopes, Cooper.

Half-time: Gillingham 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Gillingham 1-1 Peterborough United
Attendance: 7,154 (476 #pufc fans)

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