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Posh v Bristol Rovers | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday's game with Bristol Rovers

24 March 2018

Tickets are available for Saturday's big game with Bristol Rovers at the ABAX Stadium!

Peterborough United entertain fellow play-off contenders Bristol Rovers at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (3pm) and Steve Evans’ men will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Oxford United.

That was the first defeat under Evans’ management following successive victories against Charlton Athletic and Bury. Posh have only lost once in the league at the ABAX Stadium in the last eight games and striker Jack Marriott is just one away from reaching 30 goals in all competitions for the season.

The visitors were beaten 3-2 by Plymouth Argyle in their last fixture, but Darrell Clarke’s men are still very much in the play-off mix after a decent run of form. Ellis Harrison is their main man in attack, while there will be a familiar face in Tom Nichols, who left the ABAX Stadium for the Memorial Stadium last summer.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of the suspended Jack Baldwin for the clash with the Pirates. He was shown a second yellow card just before the end of the defeat to Oxford and will sit out the next two games. Leo Da Silva Lopes is unavailable as he is away with Portugal under 20s. He played the last 25 minutes of the 1-0 defeat to Germany under 20s on Thursday. Portugal play England in Manchester on Tuesday. Gwion Edwards and Alex Penny are longer term absentees, but Chris Forrester should be fit to play after recovering from a laceration to his thigh.

Bristol Rovers are without the services of skipper Tom Lockyer who is away on international duty with Wales in China. Ryan Sweeney is away on international duty with Republic of Ireland under 21s so is also unavailable.

FROM THE GAFFER

“I can remember when Bristol Rovers got relegated to the National League a few years ago and you think ‘here we go’. But they stuck by Darrell Clarke because they knew he knew the level well after his time at Salisbury. He got them straight back up, and up again. It’s a difficult place to go, they’ve got a superb group of players and it’ll be a tough test for us, they’re a real contender for the play-offs. But we’re looking forward to it,” Steve Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“I get on well with Steve [Evans], he's a winner and he's got promotions on his CV so he's been successful and earnt the right to be a manager. I've got a lot of respect for him but he can certainly get a bit animated on the sidelines but I'll be steering clear of that!

“Yeah it'll be a tough game, they have good players and battered us in the home match earlier in the season which was really disappointing. Jack Marriott's scoring a lot of goals, Marcus Maddison's a good player and they've got more throughout the team but I'm sure when they've watched us they'll be saying the same things,” Rovers boss Darrell Clarke said.

PRE-MATCH ENTERTAINMENT

The Salvation Army will be performing in the fan zone ahead of kick-off. The FootPool, FootDarts and the Speed Kick Machine will be in operation too. The fan zone opens from 1pm.

PRE-MATCH PITCHSIDE

Members of the Peterborough Panthers Speedway team will be introduced to the crowd ahead of their new season. Former Posh defender Steve Welsh will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame and members of the under 8s will be signed into the Posh Academy.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are available 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

Carl Boyeson will be the match referee.

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Lloyd Earns Posh A Point

Danny Lloyd takes tally to 13 for the season.

24 March 2018

Danny Lloyd scores the equalising goal for Posh against Bristol Rovers Joe Dent / theposh.com
Danny Lloyd scores the equalising goal for Posh against Bristol Rovers

Posh forced to settle for a point from home clash with Bristol Rovers at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at the ABAX Stadium but despite the frustration at not taking all three points, Steve Evans’ men have moved back into the play-off positions thanks to results elsewhere.

Posh were forced into an enforced substitution inside the first five minutes with Ryan Tafazolli forced off with what appeared to be a muscular injury, Lewis Freestone was his replacement as Hughes moved into centre back.

Goalkeeper Slocombe did well to deny an attempted lob from Morias on 13 minutes after a wonderful pass from Maddison picked out the striker in the left-hand channel. Danny Lloyd cracked a free-kick wide of the target after Grant was upended on the edge of the box after a patient spell from Posh in the attacking third.

Lloyd then volleyed over under severe pressure at the back post on 20 minutes as Posh continued to carve out half-chances. Bola was cautioned for hacking down Maddison as he attempted to clear on 25 minutes. The visitors withdrew Bola moments later as Gaffney was introduced. Bola headed straight down the tunnel.

Grant was cautioned for dissent before Slocombe produced a superb fingertip save to divert a low Maddison effort around the post. Grant curled over the top as four minutes of injury time was signalled by the fourth official.

Tony Craig volleyed over moments after the re-start after Posh failed to clear a corner as Rovers pressed for the breakthrough. Marriott saw a shot blocked before Hughes was cautioned for a high challenge on Lines.

The visitors got their noses in front on 55 minutes and it was an extremely scrappy affair, Grant managed to somehow clear off the line from a downward header but CRAIG was there to bundle the ball into the back of the net.

Shephard somehow managed to clear Harrison’s clever flick over his own crossbar moments later as Posh came close to being 2-0 down inside a minute. Posh drew themselves level just ahead of the hour mark, Maddison’s deflected cross was allowed to reach LLOYD at the back post after good use of his body from Morias and the former Stockport man fired low past the keeper.

Marriott then saw a low shot deflect just past the post as the home faithful raised the noise level inside the ABAX Stadium. Morias saw a shot blocked before Slocombe kept out a Forrester shot in rather uncomfortable fashion.

Morias was a whisker away from putting Posh in front on 69 minutes, but his towering header from a Lloyd cross clipped the outside of the post. Posh made a change on 74 minutes with Junior Morias replaced to a standing ovation, Omar Bogle was his replacement.

Sercombe fired over on 76 minutes after bustling his way into the penalty area. Skipper Clarke then hooked over after taking advantage of a Freestone slip. Former Posh striker Tom Nichols replaced Sercombe on 84 minutes. Hughes headed a late chance of the bar from a Cooper cross.

Clarke fired a late shooting chance over the top for the Pirates deep into stoppage time before the official brought an end to proceedings with both sides taking a point.

Posh: O’Malley, Shephard, Hughes, Tafazolli (sub Freestone 5min), Forrester, Lloyd (sub Cooper 87min), Maddison, Marriott, Morias (sub Bogle 74min), Taylor, Grant. Unused subs: Bond, Ward, Doughty, Anderson.

Bristol Rovers: Slocombe, Sercombe (sub Nichols 84min), Clarke, Harrison, Lines, Clarke, Broadbent, Bola (sub Gaffney 28min), Partington, Craig, Bennett (sub Mensah 68min). Unused subs: Smith, Telford, Russe, Hargreaves.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 Bristol Rovers
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Bristol Rovers
Attendance: 5,953 (407 Bristol Rovers fans)

 

 

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