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Posh v Northampton | Match Preview

Posh host local rivals Northampton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.

2 October 2017

Kids for a quid and adults just £10 for Tuesday night's meeting with Northampton Town at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United entertain local rivals Northampton Town in the second group stage fixture of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening at the ABAX Stadium (7.45pm) and a victory for Grant McCann’s men should all but seal their progress into the knockout stage of the competition.

After two successive losses in Sky Bet League One action, Posh will be looking to go into the international break on the back of a victory while the Cobblers will be hoping to atone for the league clash between the two sides at Sixfields.

On that day, Posh ran out 4-1 winners in a game that ultimately cost manager Justin Edinburgh his job while Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be looking for a second win for the club in the competition - they beat Cambridge United on penalties in their first group game.

TEAM NEWS
Striker Junior Morias is out for a lengthy spell with a ruptured thigh while Gwion Edwards is still sidelined with a groin injury. Callum Chettle remains a week away from fitness while the boss confirmed that a number of other players are struggling with knocks following the defeat to Oxford United.

Northampton strengthened their squad with the signing of experienced midfield man Lewis McGugan on a contract until January 2018. Matt Crooks is a doubt for the game while there are other knocks within the Cobblers camp.

MCCANN QUOTES
“We are fully focussed on this game against our local rivals. It is a good game for us. We know that we were disappointing in the second half on Saturday, we have discussed it as a squad and to be fair to the players, they have been excellent in terms of their response on the training ground. Northampton have changed their manager since we last played them and will be difficult to break down but we are concentrating on how we can impose ourselves on the game.”

TICKET NEWS
The Motorpoint Stand is closed for this fixture, but all other areas of the stadium are open and ticket prices have been slashed. Tickets are available at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934* and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office.

TICKET PRICES
Adults: £10
Seniors 60+: £8
U22s: £8
U18s: £1

(*calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee).

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The match referee is Gavin Ward.

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Posh Beaten On Penalties After Draw

Posh beaten on spot-kicks after draw against Cobblers.

3 October 2017

Ricky Miller in action against Northampton Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ricky Miller in action against Northampton Town

Peterborough United suffer penalty heartache after hard fought draw against local rivals at the ABAX stadium.

Peterborough United were beaten 4-2 on penalty kicks by Northampton Town at the ABAX Stadium after a hard fought 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes as Grant McCann’s men moved on to four points in the competition ahead of the final fixture at Cambridge United in November.

Young goalkeeper Conor O’Malley did well to deal with a long-range Lewis McGugan effort that took a deflection as the visitors, kicking towards the London Road End, registered the first shot on goal.

Kanu saw a shot blocked after a decent pass from Lloyd and from the resulting set-piece, Cornell did well to beat away a Tafazolli header. Grant saw a shot blocked on the quarter hour mark before the same player was penalised for a high boot and was cautioned by referee Gavin Ward.

Lloyd saw a free-kick beaten away by Cornell on 18 minutes as Posh continued to press for the breakthrough. Lloyd saw a low strike from long-range go wide of the target, but the former AFC Fylde man was certainly keen to get on the ball and show what he can do.

Miller floated a free-kick over the bar on 29 minutes after he himself had been felled 25-yards from goal. Doughty was next to try his luck, he took an excellent first touch to control a difficult ball forward before curling wide with his left-foot from 25-yards.

Shephard saw a cross tipped over by Cornell with some difficulty on 38 minutes. Miller was cautioned for diving on 40 minutes as he rounded the keeper much to the dismay of the former Dover Athletic front man.

The deadlock was broken two minutes before the break, Conor O’Malley with a fine clearance to Miller, he cut inside onto his left-foot and saw his fierce drive parried by Cornell into the path of a grateful LLOYD who fired home his first competitive Posh goal.

Waters was booked for bringing down Doughty on 49 minutes by referee Mr Ward. Lloyd saw a well struck free-kick pushed around the post by Cornell after Kanu had won the set-piece with a fine bit of skill in a tight area.

Grant McCann made his first change on 66 minutes with top scorer Jack Marriott replacing Miller in attack. The visitors made two changes in quick succession to try and get back into the game with Matt Grimes and Dean Bowditch coming on.

O’Malley somehow tipped a fierce Richards drive onto the crossbar but from the resulting set-piece, the Cobblers were level as the ball bounced off Baldwin at the back post and into the back of the net.

Marriott fired wide after confusion at the back for the Cobblers on 80 minutes before the same player was flagged offside when in an onside position from a Lloyd pass. Lloyd saw a strong run and shot tipped over by Cornell on 85 minutes.

Richards powered a header over at the near post as we approached four minutes of added time. Nobody forced a winner in normal time so the game went to a penalty shoot-out to decide who gets the extra point in this competition.

Penalty kicks;

Posh:                                                               Northampton:

Marriott penalty saved                                     Grimes scores

Doughty scores                                                Revell scores

Da Silva Lopes scores                                    Richards scores

Hughes penalty saved                                    Waters scores

Posh: O’Malley, Shephard, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin, Miller (sub Marriott 66min), Lloyd, Da Silva Lopes, Kanu, Doughty, Grant. Unused subs; Tyler, Forrester, Penny, Anderson, Cartwright, Penfold.

Northampton: Cornell, Moloney (sub Revell 86min), Kasim, Taylor, Waters, Foley (sub Grimes 74min), Richards, Powell, Pierre, Smith, McGugan (sub Bowditch 68min). Unused subs: Ingram, Hanley, Gillard, McWilliams.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Northampton Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Northampton (Northampton win 4-2 in the shoot-out)
Attendance: 2,745 (151 Northampton fans)

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