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Match Preview | Posh v Portsmouth

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21 November 2017

Posh host Portsmouth on Tuesday evening in the latest Sky Bet League One fixture.

Peterborough United are back in Sky Bet League One action on Tuesday night when Grant McCann’s men entertain Portsmouth at the ABAX Stadium (7.45pm) and three points could put the club on the cusp of the play-off positions with a game in hand on many of their closest rivals.

Following the 1-0 defeat to Blackpool on Saturday, the Posh boss is well aware that they need to get back to winning ways, but will come up against stiff opposition in Portsmouth, who are also pushing for promotion after success last term in League Two.

As is the norm these days, there are a number of familiar faces in the opposition ranks with Luke McGee between the sticks and Christian Burgess at the back. McGee joined Pompey in the summer after a successful stint at the ABAX Stadium while Burgess was a classy centre back when he joined from Middlesbrough after making his mark at Hartlepool United.

TEAM NEWS

McCann confirmed that he has no new injury worries to content with ahead of the game with just Junior Morias and Liam Shephard on the sidelines. Shephard has a groin problem while Morias continues to make good progress from a thigh injury. He is due to start running with the Head of Physical Performance Ben Mackenzie next week as he steps up his recovery.

MCCANN QUOTES

“We know that Portsmouth are a good side and in Brett Pitman have a striker in excellent form. They are a big club in the division, they have a big fan base, but they are in this league trying to get out of it, just like we are. We know that we need to get back on track and we are looking forward to that challenge.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“They are one of many teams who are chasing those top places and are in a good position to do so, as we are. Peterborough started off like a house on fire, but this is a tough division and there’s a lot of quality in the top half. I remember when they went down from the Championship with 54 points a few years ago and they’re always one of the teams in League One who are playing the best football.

“We’re not underestimating how hard it’s going to be, but a win has to be our aim. It’s a big week for us and we want a good total from the nine points that are available. Nobody’s going to give us that, however, and we have to work hard for every single one that we get,” Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett said.

TICKET NEWS

You can buy tickets for Tuesday night’s game 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. Portsmouth have sold over 750 tickets in advance of the game.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Craig Hicks.

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Posh Secure Fine Home Win

Posh pick up three points against Portsmouth.

21 November 2017

Jack Marriott after scoring the opening goal against Portsmouth Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jack Marriott after scoring the opening goal against Portsmouth

Posh close the gap on the sides above them in the league table with a fine 2-1 win over Portsmouth at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Blackpool with a fine 2-1 victory over Portsmouth at the ABAX Stadium with Jack Marriott and an own goal securing all three points for Grant McCann’s men.

Michael Doughty sent an early shot over the crossbar from long-range after being picked out with a throw in on the far side. Naismith fired wide from distance at the other end after two successive corners caused a bit of panic in the Posh back-line.

Anthony Grant sent a shot over the Motorpoint Stand from 35-yards on six minutes after Edwards couldn’t force him a corner from Maddison. Posh were a whisker away from opening the scoring on 17 minutes as Lloyd picked out Edwards in space, but the crossbar came to the rescue of Pompey with McGee beaten.

Marcus Maddison saw a deflected left-footed shot tipped around the post by McGee by his near post after a swift Posh counter attack led by Danny Lloyd. Curtis Main clipped the outside of the post for Portsmouth on 31 minutes after a delightful flick from Naismith.

Grant McCann made a change at the break with Andrew Hughes replacing Ryan Tafazolli. Anthony Grant was cautioned by referee Craig Hicks for a foul that seemed to impair the Posh midfield man as he made contact with Kennedy.

Goalkeeper O’Malley produced a fine stop to push a fierce drive from Naismith around the post on 53 minutes after the Portsmouth man found a bit of space 25-yards from goal. The deadlock was broken on 57 minutes and it was a superb team goal, Lloyd with a bit of skill to create a bit of space and his pass to Maddison was the catalyst, Maddison with a superb delivery and MARRIOTT was there to fire home from close-range for his 13th goal of the season.

Taylor fired a volley over from a Maddison corner kick on 64 minutes as Posh tried to take advantage of the boost in confidence given to them by that Marriott goal. Burgess was booked for hacking down Maddison moments later.

The lead was doubled midway through the second period as a wonderful Maddison free-kick was glanced past his own keeper by the unfortunate Matt CLARKE. Grant immediately headed a Chaplin shot off the line before Marriott dragged a shot wide of the far post.

Portsmouth halved the deficit on 77 minutes as substitute CHAPLIN stabbed home from close-range after O’Malley could only parry a Lowe left-footed shot. Dion Donohue replaced Kennedy on 80 minutes as Kenny Jackett made his second change of the evening.

Jermaine Anderson replaced a limping Maddison on 84 minutes as Grant McCann made his second change of the night. Edwards was booked for a robust challenge a minute later in midfield, his fifth of the season so he will miss the trip to Rochdale on Saturday.

Marriott fired over from just inside the box as the fixture moved into four minutes of stoppage time.

Posh: O’Malley, Tafazolli (sub Hughes 46min), Baldwin, Edwards, Lloyd, Maddison (sub Anderson 83min), Marriott, Da Silva Lopes, Doughty, Taylor, Grant. Unused subs: Bond, Forrester, Miller, Penny, Kanu.

Portsmouth: McGee, Rose, Clarke, Burgess, Hawkins, Kennedy (sub Donohue 80min), Main (sub Chaplin 63min), Lowe, Naismith, Evans. Close. Unused subs: Bass, O’Keefe, Thompson, Bennett, May.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 Portsmouth
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-1 Portsmouth
Attendance: 5,217 (841 Portsmouth fans)

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