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Posh v AFC Wimbledon | Match Preview

We look ahead to Saturday's game at the ABAX Stadium.

24 February 2018

Posh face AFC Wimbledon in the first of two home games over the next few days at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United entertain AFC Wimbledon at the ABAX Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Grant McCann’s men try and build on three successive draws, two of which coming on the road at Gillingham and Blackpool.

The Dons have hit a bit of form themselves with a thumping away win at Bradford City but still find themselves in a bit of trouble towards the foot of the division. Neal Ardley’s men held Posh to a 2-2 draw earlier in the campaign with Danny Lloyd scoring his first EFL goal in the televised clash.

TEAM NEWS

Posh have an injury concern over one unnamed player ahead of the game with Gwion Edwards and Alex Penny definitely ruled out. Edwards is now out of his protective boot and will step up his rehabilitation while Penny has now seen the specialist over his dislocated shoulder and has begun his rehab.

The Dons are checking on the fitness of Darius Charles ahead of the game. He has a sore hip. Will Nightingale is back in training and Egil Kaja is in contention after scoring against Posh in a behind closed doors game at the Mick George Training Academy this week.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Every game in this league is a tough game but from now until the end of the season our focus is only on ourselves and how we can affect things. We want the players to play without fear, when we score, I want us to go and get the second goal and the third goal. That is our mind-set. We are in a positive frame of mind.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

AFC Wimbledon assistant manager Neil Cox said: “We don't get carried away. We know we've got thirteen big games to come – thirteen cup finals. We set our stall out last week to get a result and I thought the boys did really well and carried out the game-plan."

TICKET NEWS

Saturday’s game is a Category “B” fixture which means cheaper admission for Posh fans. 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.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Anthony Backhouse.

AHEAD OF KICK-OFF

Local successful boxer Cello Renda will be introduced to the crowd as he shows off his latest belt that he won.

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Maddison Earns Posh A Point

Marcus Maddison secures a late point for Posh.

24 February 2018

Marcus Maddison in action against AFC Wimbledon Joe Dent / theposh.com
Marcus Maddison in action against AFC Wimbledon

Peterborough United forced to settle for a point after 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon.

Peterborough United registered their fourth draw in a row as AFC Wimbledon left the ABAX Stadium with a point following a 1-1 draw with Grant McCann’s men securing a point thanks to a Marcus Maddison effort 10 minutes from time.

Adedeji Oshilaja headed over from a corner kick inside the opening two minutes for the Dons after outjumping Ryan Tafazolli at the back post. Harry Forrester sent a free-kick over the bar on eight minutes after a foul by Da Silva Lopes.

Maddison fired wide of the near post with his right-foot after being picked out by Forrester on the quarter hour mark but in truth the winger was off balance when he hit the effort. Maddison saw another effort blocked after a decent spell of Posh possession.

Andy Barcham curled an excellent effort inches past the post on 33 minutes after cutting inside onto his right-foot. Keeper Long was called upon to deny a curler from Maddison on 36 minutes after a wayward Shephard pass had diverted into his path via a deflection.

Harry Forrester fired well over the bar on 38 minutes after a slip from Grant allowed him to waltz through midfield unchallenged. Anthony Grant fired over from long-range after he was picked out by Marriott as the first half drew to a close.

Posh made a double change at the interval with Omar Bogle and Steven Taylor replacing Grant and the injured Tafazolli. Trotter saw a shot on the turn go over the bar on 48 minutes after a deep cross to the back post.

Bogle sent a curler from distance wide after showing some good hold-up ability on 55 minutes as Posh pressed for a breakthrough. Posh were a whisker away from taking the lead on 64 minutes as Forrester saw his goal-bound header cleared off the line by Fuller after Lloyd had seen his initial effort loop up into the air after a good cross from Maddison.

Da Silva Lopes sent a dipping effort just wide of the upright moments later, the keeper Long was definitely worried, flying through the air to try and get to it. Marriott fired a free-kick straight against a 10-man Dons wall on 68 minutes.

Bond made his first save of the afternoon two minutes later, denying a speculative volley from Trotter before the visitors made a double change with Parrett and Kaja, who scored against Posh in a midweek friendly at the Mick George Training Academy, introduced.

The deadlock was broken on 74 minutes as a simple ball over the top was latched onto by the dangerous TAYLOR and he fired low past Bond into the bottom corner. Baldwin was cautioned moments later for a foul.

Keeper Long produced a fine stop to deny Bogle’s shot on the turn on 84 minutes after Lloyd had nodded a Freestone free-kick on. Four minutes of added time was indicated but Posh couldn’t force a winner.

Posh: Bond, Shephard (sub Morias 75min), Freestone, Baldwin, Tafazolli (sub Taylor 46min) , Forrester, Lloyd, Maddison, Marriott, Da Silva Lopes, Grant (sub Bogle 46min). Unused subs: O’Malley, Ward, Doughty, Cooper.

AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Meades, Oshilaja, Francomb, Abdou, Forrester, Trotter, Barcham (sub Kaja 71min), Taylor, Pigott (sub Parrett 71min). Unused subs: McDonnell, Robinson, McDonald, , Soares, Kennedy.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 AFC Wimbledon
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 AFC Wimbledon
Attendance: 5,146 (523 AFC Wimbledon fans)

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