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Match Preview | Posh v Bradford City

Match preview of Saturday's clash with Bradford City at

8 September 2017

Posh entertain Bradford City on Saturday and there is plenty going on at the ABA

After four points from the last two away fixtures, Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with last season’s beaten play-off finalists Bradford City providing the opposition.

Posh go into the clash top of the table with boss Grant McCann and striker Jack Marriott winning the Manager of the Month and Player of the Month for League One in August respectively. Marriott scored six goals during August and celebrates his 23rd birthday on Saturday where he is also expected to be named the foreverposh Player of the Month ahead of kick-off.

The Bantams have one or two familiar faces in their squad with defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival and striker Paul Taylor expected to be named in the travelling party. Taylor moved to Valley Parade at the conclusion of his short-term deal at the ABAX Stadium, but has yet to become a first team regular thanks to the form of Charlie Wyke and Dominic Poleon.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back striker Ricky Miller from a six (seven including the Checkatrade Trophy) game suspension and he will be desperate to make his debut following his summer move from Dover Athletic where he finished the National League’s top goalscorer.

Callum Chettle remains sidelined with a muscle strain, but otherwise, Posh are expected to have a clean bill of health for the fixture. Bantams boss Stuart McCall has acknowledged that the arrival of new signing Adam Thompson, plus the return of Shay McCartan, will give City more options for the visit to table-toppers Peterborough United this Saturday.

After signing on a season-long loan from Bury last week, Thompson made his first appearance at City's training ground this Thursday following a period away on international duty with Northern Ireland alongside new Bantams team-mate McCartan.

MCCANN QUOTES

“I think is the biggest game of the season so far because after such a good start, we want to continue this and Bradford will provide tough opposition. They have brought in quite a few new players since last season and had a good win last weekend against Bristol Rovers. However, having said all that, I said at the start of the season that I wanted to get to a point where I was 95% talking about us and 5% about the opposition and we are moving nearer that target,” McCann said.

TICKET PRICES

You can find out all the ticket news ahead of this fixture here: https://www.theposh.com/news/2017/september/ticketing-tuesday-match-day-information/

PRE-MATCH

The Peterborough United fan zone will be in operation ahead of kick-off with plenty of fun for all of the family including FootDarts and music provided by the Salvation Army. The zone is open from 1pm.

PRESENTATIONS

Foreverposh will present the August Player of the Month ahead of kick-off with the recipient expected to receive his award at around 2.40pm.

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Posh Beaten By Bantams

Grant McCann's men beaten at the ABAX Stadium.

9 September 2017

Gwion Edwards in action against Bradford City Joe Dent / theposh.com
Gwion Edwards in action against Bradford City

Posh suffer first league defeat of the season at the hands of Bradford C

Peterborough United were beaten this season in the league for the first time as Bradford City put in a dominant first half performance at the ABAX Stadium, scoring three times without reply and despite a spirited response in the second period, Grant McCann’s men couldn’t fight back to earn a share of the spoils.

Both sides ended with 10 men for second yellow cards as referee Keith Stroud put himself back in the spot-light following a high profile error. Jack Baldwin did manage a consolation for Posh but that is all they had to show for an excellent effort in the second 45 minutes.

Jonathan Bond made a superb stop on three minutes to keep out a downward header from Jake Reeves as the visitors made a bright start at the ABAX Stadium which withstood a huge deluge of rain on two separate occasions ahead of kick-off.

The visitors opened the scoring on eight minutes as a left-wing cross was dropped under pressure by Bond at the feet of POLEON who made no mistake on the turn. Tafazolli twice saw efforts blocked and then Maddison saw an effort blocked as Posh made a quick response.

Marriott saw a low effort well held by goalkeeper Doyle after a slick Posh counter-attack, which began with Maddison toe-ending the ball past Gillead who was booked by referee Keith Stroud moments later.

Marriott saw an effort from 25-yards fumbled by Doyle but Da Silva Lopes’ follow-up took a deflection and fell kindly for the keeper. Tafazolli then saw an effort cleared off the line by Law after Taylor had nodded a deep Maddison corner back across goal.

Maddison had the crowd on their feet on 24 minutes after an outrageous bit of skill to beat his man, he then attempted a delicate chip, which fell just over the crossbar. Doughty was cautioned for a foul on Vincelot on 28 minutes.

Maddison tested Doyle with a swerving effort on the half hour mark, but the keeper was up for the challenge. Vincelot glanced a header wide from an in-swinging free-kick from McMahon on 32 minutes as the rain began to fall again.

Bradford got the second goal they probably deserved on 35 minutes as VINCELOT met a cross into the box and diverted his effort low into the bottom corner. It was 3-0 on 40 minutes as another inch-perfect centre from McMahon was powered home by centre back KILGALLON.

Posh made a double change at the break with Jermaine Anderson and Andrew Hughes introduced for Tafazolli and Doughty. Morias saw a well-struck volley cleared off the line by Kilgallon before Edwards fired into the side-netting on 58 minutes.

Ricky Miller was booked for diving an in the ensuing melee, Grant and Morias were both yellow carded. Doyle did well to hold a right-footed effort from Maddison on 68 minutes after a good turn of pace from the winger.

On 70 minutes, Posh grabbed a goal as BALDWIN did well to fire low into the bottom corner as Bradford failed to clear a ball into the box from Maddison. Maddison sent a free-kick wide of the target on 76 minutes after Edwards was upended 30-yards from goal.

Law sent a curling effort wide of the target on 80 minutes as Baldwin could only head half clear from a corner kick. Anthony Grant was red carded for a second yellow on 87 minutes for deliberate handball.

Chicksen immediately followed him down the tunnel for a second yellow for a crunching tackle on Edwards. Six minutes of added time was indicated by the fourth official.

Posh: Bond, Tafazolli (sub Hughes 46min), Baldwin, Edwards, Maddison, Marriott (sub Miller 60min), Morias, Da Silva Lopes, Doughty (sub Anderson 46min), Taylor, Grant. Unused subs: O’Malley, Forrester, Miller, Lloyd, Kanu,

Bradford: Doyle, Chicksen, Reeves, Kilgallon, Vincelot, Law, Wyke, Poleon (sub Taylor 79min), Gilliead (sub Patrick 73min), Knight-Percival, McMahon. Unused subs: Raeder, Thompson, Taylor, McCartan, Field, Jones.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-3 Bradford City
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-3 Bradford City
Attendance: 7,061 (960 Bradford fans)

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