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Posh v Oldham | Match Preview

A look ahead to the Sky Bet League One fixture with Oldham Athletic.

19 January 2018

Posh are back in Sky Bet League One action at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday with Oldham the oppon

Peterborough United entertain Oldham Athletic at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in Sky Bet League One action with Grant McCann’s men just on the fringes of the play-off positions following last weekend’s creditable 0-0 draw at league leaders Wigan Athletic.

The Latics drew with Rotherham United in their last fixture and have strengthened their squad as they look to move away from the drop zone near the foot of the division. Richie Wellen’s men have always proved tricky opponents for Posh and were winners at Boundary Park earlier in the campaign.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of Gwion Edwards due to an ankle injury while Leo Da Silva Lopes is expected to miss out with a hamstring injury. He has returned to light training but no timescale has been put on his return.

Joe Ward and George Cooper could make their home debuts – the latter joined Posh from Crewe Alexandra in the week. Oldham made several changes to their line-up for the midweek victory over Leicester City under 23s in the Checkatrade Trophy but striker Eoin Doyle is still sidelined with illness – he has returned to his parent club for treatment.

MCCANN QUOTES

“We have a big week with the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night and the FA Cup tie with Leicester City next week, but this game with Oldham is the most important because it is the next game. Oldham have made some good signings in recent months and they will provide a tough test for us but we are looking forward to it. The players are in a good place at the minute.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“I said before the game (against Leicester) I can feel something good happening again. There are new faces coming in the building and good footballers coming back and I can sense something good going to happen in the next 10-12 weeks. We wanted to make a good start going into Saturday’s game,” Richie Wellens said.

TICKET NEWS

This game is a Category ‘B’ fixture which means cheaper admission for supporters and you can make more of a saving if you purchase in advance. You can do so 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.

SPECIAL GUESTS

We are pleased to welcome former Posh duo Matthew Etherington and Simon Davies back to the ABAX Stadium. They will be our guests and will be introduced to the crowd ahead of kick-off with another former Posh player Peter Deakin.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Sebastien Stockbridge.

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Morias Scores On An 'Emotional' Day For Striker

Junior Morias scores against side he suffered long-term injury against.

20 January 2018

Junior Morias scoring against Oldham Athletic Joe Dent / theposh.com
Junior Morias scoring against Oldham Athletic

Posh continue fine form with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic at the ABAX

At the start of the season, Junior Morias was flying, but a ruptured quad muscle sustained at Boundary Park ruled him out of action for close to five months – he came up against that same opposition at the ABAX Stadium and scored the crucial first goal in a 3-0 win for Peterborough United.

Morias described the day as ‘emotional’ in the post-match press conference and you can understand why. He netted the first goal and ran across to celebrate close to physiotherapist Jon Chatfield who helped him with his rehabilitation. George Cooper netted on his debut and a late penalty from Jack Marriott – his 24th goal of the campaign, completed the scoring.

Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond made a routine stop to deny Craig Davies on two minutes after a bright start to the game from Oldham. A Maddison free-kick took a nick off a defender moments later with goalkeeper Placide tipping the ball over for a corner kick.

Placide made a decent save to deny top scorer Marriott on 18 minutes after he was played through by Maddison before Oldham had Byrne booked and Posh saw Morias go into the book after a bit of a confrontation following a foul by Maddison.

Oldham were forced into a change on 23 minutes with skipper Gerrard replaced by George Edmundson. Maddison saw a shot blocked after side-stepping two defenders on the half hour mark as Posh pressed for the breakthrough against a stubborn Oldham side.

Bond was called upon to beat away a fierce drive from Byrne moments later after some shaky Posh defending. Dummigan fired wide of the far post after bursting into the box on 37 minutes as the visitors found a gap.

Maddison flicked a Marriott cross wide of the near post on the stroke of half-time as Posh tried to end the half in control. Edmundson was booked for a late challenge on Morias as the game moved into stoppage time at the end of the first half.

The deadlock was broken on 53 minutes and it was a great moment for Junior MORIAS, he collected a pass and curled a fine effort into the bottom corner past the despairing dive of Placide. A goal against the side in which he sustained his long-term injury.

Marriott then saw an acrobatic volley somehow blocked by substitute Edmundson after the defender had initially sliced a teasing Maddison centre. Posh made a change on the hour mark with Joe Ward replacing Lloyd.

Oldham were reduced to 10-men on 67 minutes as Edmundson was shown a second yellow card for yanking the shirt of Marriott. The visitors struck the base of the post through substitute Gardner on 73 minutes as Posh began to get nervy at the back.

Grant McCann replaced Maddison with George Cooper on 75 minutes with the new signing taking his place on the left of midfield. Idris Kanu replaced goalscorer Morias as the game entered the final 10 minutes.

Posh doubled their lead on 83 minutes and it was made by Irishman Chris Forrester with a wonderful reverse pass to substitute COOPER who took a touch and then rifled home for a debut goal past the stranded Placide.

Posh made it 3-0 on 90 minutes, MARRIOTT was felled by Byran in the box and the top scorer stepped up to coolly send the keeper the wrong way from the spot for his 24th goal of an incredible campaign. He nearly had another moments later, his fizzing shot went just past the far upright from 20-yards.

Posh: Bond, Shephard, Hughes, Tafazolli, Forrester, Lloyd (sub Ward 59min), Maddison (sub Cooper 76min), Marriott, Morias (sub Kanu 82min), Taylor, Grant. Unused subs: O’Malley, Baldwin, Penny, Doughty.

Oldham: Placide, Dummigan, Wilson, Gerrard (sub Edmundson 23min), Benyu (sub Gardner 60min), Davies, Pringle, Fane, Byrne, Obadeyi (sub Holloway 60min), Bryan. Unused subs: De La Paz, Duffus, Nepomuceno, Maouche.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 Oldham Athletic
Full-time: Peterborough United 3-0 Oldham Athletic
Attendance: 5,072 (367 Oldham fans)

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