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Posh v Tranmere | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday's FA Cup tie with Tranmere Rovers.

2 November 2017

Posh v Tranmere Rovers
Posh v Tranmere Rovers

Peterborough United have a break from the league this weekend as attentions turns to the Emirates FA Cup.

Peterborough United welcome National League side Tranmere Rovers to the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (3pm) for a first round Emirates FA Cup tie and manager Grant McCann confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he will be looking to build on the momentum of last weekend’s win over the league leaders Shrewsbury Town.

Tranmere, who have seen an upturn in fortunes in recent weeks, have been regular opponents in this competition for Posh, the last coming in 2013 when a hat-trick from Britt Assombalonga and a brace from Shaun Jeffers earned a 5-0 victory at the ABAX Stadium.

TEAM NEWS

The Posh boss confirmed he has no fresh injuries to contend with in his squad so only striker Junior Morias is unavailable for selection. Morias, who is ahead of schedule, is set for a return in the New Year.

Tranmere are without Ben Tollitt, Jake Kirby, James Wallace and Jack Dunn due to injury but all four are making good progress from their fitness issues.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Tranmere are a good side, they have goals in their line-up and they have picked up in results after a slow start to their league campaign. We know that we will have to perform to get ourselves into the second round and all of our focus this week has been on this tie. We will not be taking the opposition lightly.

“I have come up against a Micky Mellon side when he was in charge at Shrewsbury and I was in caretaker charge so we know aspects of his game. It is about us though, the focus is on what we do and how we can affect the game.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Peterborough is a tough place to go, but it will be a good way of seeing how we measure up as a group. They are a League One side and they have some good players and they have home advantage, but we will go down there and give it the best go that we can and see what happens,” Tranmere boss Micky Mellon said.

TICKET NEWS

he football club are pleased to announce reduced ticket prices for this game with tickets now on sale at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and at the ABAX Stadium Box Office.

The Box Office is open until 5pm on Friday, from 10am until 3pm on Saturday and from 10am until 5pm on Monday. (9-5, Tuesdays-Fridays). Ticket prices are as follows;

In Advance

Adults: £12

Seniors/U22s: £8

Junior U18s: £3

Match Day (9am)

Adults: £15

Seniors/U22s: £10

Junior U18s: £5

Caroline Hand Executive Suite (programme, tea/coffee & cakes included)

Adults: £25

Concessions: £15

Season ticket holders’ seats will be reserved until 5pm on Friday 3rd November. The Motorpoint Stand will be closed for this fixture.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Charles Breakspear will be the match referee for Saturday’s game with Tranmere

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Posh Held By Tranmere In Cup

National League side earn replay after hard fought draw.

4 November 2017

Marcus Maddison in action against Tranmere Rovers Joe Dent / theposh.com
Marcus Maddison in action against Tranmere Rovers

Posh will face a cup replay after being held at home by National League side Tranmere Rovers.

Peterborough United will face an Emirates FA Cup first round replay after being held at home by National League side Tranmere Rovers at the ABAX Stadium following a frustrating 90 minutes for Grant McCann’s men.

Michael Doughty had the first effort of the game on seven minutes, but goalkeeper Scott Davies was not troubled as it sailed over the bar. Jennings sent a well-struck volley wide of the target moments later after a free-kick from Ridehalgh had hit the wall.

O’Malley made a superb stop with his legs to deny a deflected shot from Norwood on 13 minutes after a pacy break from the National League side. Norwood and Da Silva Lopes then traded efforts towards goal, both not hitting the target from distance.

Tafazolli powered a header from an in-swinging free-kick from Maddison wide of the target on 20 minutes after Edwards had been felled. One minute of added time was indicated by the fourth official to bring to an end a rather turgid first half of football from both sides.

Neither manager made any changes in personnel at the break with Posh now kicking towards the London Road End. Edwards missed a glorious chance to break the deadlock on 48 minutes after another fine Maddison set-piece, the former Crawley man firing over from close-range.

McEveley was cautioned for fouling Maddison who then saw a low shot clawed to safety by keeper Davies. The Tranmere keeper was beaten from the resulting corner kick though, Maddison’s delivery into the box caused panic and when the ball dropped, MARRIOTT turned and slammed the ball into the back of the net for his 11th goal of the season.

Norwood fired wide from 30-yards after getting behind the Posh midfield on 54 minutes. O’Malley made a decent stop to deny Norwood just after the hour after a good threaded pass from Norburn. McDonagh then headed wide from a cross into the box as the National League side flexed their muscles.

Tafazolli sent a volley over after another Maddison corner had caused a bit of trouble for the Tranmere back-line to clear. Tranmere made a double change on 67 minutes with Cole and Cook replacing McDonagh and Jennings.

Doughty curled wide as Posh caught the visitors on the break before Grant McCann made his first change, replacing Edwards with Idris Kanu. The visitors got themselves level on 72 minutes as a cross into the box was nodded down and into the back of the net by substitute COOK.

Moments after the equaliser, Posh had a glorious chance to get themselves back in front but Kanu saw his shot smothered by keeper Davies after he was picked out in the box in space. Maddison fired a free-kick over the bar on 81 minutes after he himself was felled by Hughes who was booked by referee Mr Breakspear. O’Malley did well to tip over a late effort from Norburn as the tie entered four minutes of stoppage time.

Posh: O’Malley, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin, Edwards (sub Kanu 70min), Maddison, Marriott, Da Silva Lopes (sub Miller 84min), Doughty (sub Anderson 78min), Taylor, Grant. Unused subs: Bond, Shephard, Lloyd, Chettle.

Tranmere: Davies, Ridehalgh, Sutton, McNulty, McEveley, Norwood, Jennings (sub Cole 67min), Norburn, Mottley-Henry, McDonagh (sub Cook 67min), Hughes. Unused subs:  Wharton, Buxton, Kirby, Dugan, Clarke.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 Tranmere Rovers
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Tranmere Rovers
Attendance: 3,758 (471 Tranmere fans)

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