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Match Preview | Posh v Blackpool

A look ahead to Saturday's game with Blackpool.

17 November 2017

Posh v Blackpool
Posh v Blackpool

Blackpool provide the opposition for Posh on Saturday and we appreciate your support!

After success in two cup competitions, Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday with Blackpool providing the opposition (3pm) and manager Grant McCann believes the next few fixtures are vitally important to the club’s plans this term.

Going into the game, Posh are five matches unbeaten and last time out at the ABAX Stadium in the league, leaders Shrewsbury Town were beaten 1-0 thanks to Goal of the Month winner Marcus Maddison.

Blackpool have had many off the field issues but it appears that the current owners are now actively looking to sell the club. On the pitch, after a good start to the season, form has tailed away in recent weeks, but they have every chance of getting themselves into the promotion mix later on in the campaign.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back Gwion Edwards from a slight injury for the meeting with the Seasiders but Liam Shephard faces up to six weeks on the sidelines with a groin injury. Junior Morias (thigh) and Ricky Miller (unavailable) won’t be involved while McCann confirmed several other players are struggling with fitness following the 5-0 win at Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday evening.

Kyle Vassell has handed Blackpool a boost by returning to training this week and could be in line to face his former club. Clark Robertson (foot) and Mark Cullen (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

MCCANN QUOTES

“It is the start of a really important run of fixtures for us, the cup games are definitely crucial for us, but the league is the bread and butter. We have two important home games back to back coming up starting Saturday against Blackpool. Blackpool made a really good start to the season. They came up last season and I watched that play-off victory. They are a good side and it will be a tough test for us, but as I always say, it is about us and how we can influence the game."

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“It’s about how we go there and how we perform. We want to go and put on a performance and get back to winning ways as quickly as possible. You look at the manner of the goals we conceded last week, and the players know themselves that they weren’t good enough in that context. We’ve talked this week about being more responsible and taking ownership for it, and they’ve been good”, Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer said.

TICKET INFORMATION

All the information ahead of the game can be found here: https://www.theposh.com/news/2017/november/ticketing-tuesday-match-day-information/

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Trevor Kettle is the match referee.

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Posh Beaten By Deflected Vassell Strike

Grant McCann’s men suffer first defeat in six after slipping to home reverse to Blackpool.

18 November 2017

Anthony Grant in action against Blackpool Joe Dent / theposh.com
Anthony Grant in action against Blackpool

Peterborough United gave it their all, particularly in the second half, but suffered a 1-0 defeat to Blackpool at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United suffered their first defeat in six games in all competitions after a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Blackpool at the ABAX Stadium with a deflected first half effort from Kyle Vassell proving the difference between the two sides.

The home side were desperately close to breaking the deadlock inside the opening two minutes as a towering header from Aimson beat O’Malley but not Da Silva Lopes on the line who made a fine clearance with his head.

Vassell then fired straight into the wall with a free-kick after Doughty was adjudged to have tugged back the shirt of the former Posh man. Meller fired well wide of the near post from distance for the Tangerines as the quarter hour mark approached.

Posh carved out a fine opportunity for Jack Marriott on 16 minutes after a wonderful turn from Maddison and cross from Da Silva Lopes produced the chance, keeper Allsop doing well to parry the ball to safety.

The visitors got their noses in front on 21 minutes and it was former Posh man VASSELL with it, his right-foot shot took a huge deflection and looped into the net. Marriott fired wide from an acute angle on 23 minutes after linking well with Maddison and Doughty.

Marriott saw a shot from distance go just wide of the near post on 32 minutes after linking with Hughes. Doughty was superbly denied by the fingertips of Allsop moments later as Posh forced successive corner kicks.

Taylor guided a header wide of the upright on the near side on 35 minutes after another good Maddison delivery. Tafazolli was cautioned by referee Mr Kettle for a late tackle as Solomon-Otabor fired wide at the back post.

Aimson glanced a header over the crossbar from a corner kick on 40 minutes. Marriott was denied by Allsop by his near post on the stroke of half-time after he was picked out superbly by Maddison before two minutes of added time was indicated by the fourth official.

O’Malley made an important stop in injury time, turning a fierce drive from Longstaff around the post. Grant McCann made a substitution at the break with Gwion Edwards replacing Baldwin as Posh made a change in formation.

O’Malley pushed away a Solomon-Otabor effort moments after the interval as Blackpool came close to catching Posh on the break. Substitute Gwion Edwards should have levelled on 52 minutes as a wonderful piece of wing play from Maddison saw him stand up a fine cross for the Welshman, he powered his header over.

Longstaff drilled a shot from distance well wide of the target as he found some space 25-yards from goal. On 56 minutes, O’Malley did well to gather a low shot from Cooke and Posh responded by introducing Idris Kanu for Lloyd and 10 minutes later Jermaine Anderson replaced Doughty.

Edwards headed over from a Maddison corner kick on 68 minutes. Turton was booked for a quite blatant foul on Maddison as the game moved into the final 20 minutes. Longstaff was a whisker away from a second goal on 77 minutes, his curler from 20-yards went just wide of the post with O’Malley beaten.

Anderson wasted a good chance deep into stoppage time after a fine knock down from Tafazolli as a frustrating afternoon came to an end at the ABAX Stadium.

Posh: O’Malley, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin (sub Edwards 46min), Lloyd (sub Kanu 56min), Maddison, Marriott, Da Silva Lopes, Doughty (sub Anderson 64min), Taylor, Grant. Unused subs: Bond, Forrester, Penny, Chettle.

Blackpool: Allsop, Mellor, Aimson, Vassell (sub Gnanduillet 90min), Longstaff (sub D’Almeida 90min), Tilt, Solomon-Otabor (sub Delfounso 82min), Turton, Daniel, Cooke, Spearing. Unused subs: Williams, Taylor , Philliskirk, Menga.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-1 Blackpool
Full-time: Peterborough United 0-1 Blackpool
Attendance: 5,254 (278 Blackpool fans)

 

 

 

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