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Match Preview | Posh v Oxford

A look ahead to Saturday's meeting with Oxford United.

29 September 2017

Posh v Oxford United
Posh v Oxford United

Peterborough United host Oxford United at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (3pm) looking to make it three successive home victories in a row with Pep Clotet’s Oxford United providing the opposition.

Grant McCann’s side go into the game sitting in third place in the table following Tuesday night’s narrow 3-2 defeat at Oldham Athletic while Oxford suffered a shock 3-0 defeat on the road at struggling Bury.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of striker Junior Morias who will be out for up to five months with a ruptured thigh muscle sustained at Boundary Park in midweek. Anthony Grant returns from a one-match suspension and is available for selection but Gwion Edwards is expected to miss out with a groin injury. Callum Chettle is nearing full fitness.

Oxford boss Clotet could make changes to the line-up following that defeat to the Shakers with Joe Rothwell and Jack Payne both pushing for recalls after dropping down to the substitutes bench at Gigg Lane with Alex Mowatt given a start.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Losing Junior is a blow, but it gives others the chance to stake their claim for a first team slot and that is why we have a good squad. We are looking forward to the game, Oxford have had a slow start, but they have a lot of talented players and they will cause problems, but it is about what we do and we are concentrating on ourselves.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

Peterborough are a tough challenge. They can play a few ways and are very dangerous going forward so we cannot leave ourselves vulnerable by being very open. It’s about focussing on how we play.

“We have done a lot of good things this season. We have the same points that we had at this stage last season and I did a little bit of research after the lads told me that Millwall were in exactly this position last season, coming from three defeats in a row. They ended up winning promotion and it shows the nature of this league- anyone can beat anyone and I have plenty of trust in the quality of our players.”

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Saturday’s match referee is Tom Nield.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) or at the ABAX Stadium Box Office. You can find out the full list of prices here: https://www.theposh.com/tickets/home-tickets/

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Posh Suffer Second Half Horror Show

Oxford United condemn Posh to defeat at the ABAX Stadium.

30 September 2017

Ricky Miller in action against Oxford United Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ricky Miller in action against Oxford United

Posh suffer second half humiliation as Oxford score four times without reply at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United capitulated in the second half of their Sky Bet League One fixture with Oxford United scoring four goals without reply as Grant McCann’s men suffered their second league defeat in a row.

Oxford were forced into a change inside the opening ten minutes with Rob Hall suffering a muscle injury to be replaced by Ryan Ledson. The visitors created a fine chance for Wes Thomas on 11 minutes after Jack Payne dispossessed Jack Baldwin, but the striker fired wide of the near post from six yards.

The deadlock was broken on 14 minutes and it came as no surprise that it was Jack MARRIOTT who notched it, coolly finishing past Eastwood after a delightful pas forward from Anthony Grant. It was the first goal in the first half of a game in September for Posh and the third strike in three games for Marriott.

Tafazolli powered a header over the bar from a Maddison corner kick on 22 minutes after Grant had produced a fine raking pass on the half volley to Hughes. Ferreira Da Silva curled a free-kick over the bar from the edge of the box after a foul by Da Silva Lopes was punished by the referee, making his debut at League One level.

Keeper Eastwood produced a fine stop to deny Taylor his first goal at the ABAX, the former Newcastle man seeing his powerful header from a Maddison corner tipped over the bar. Miller was then needlessly booked for preventing the keeper from clearing.  Anderson fired wide on 34 minutes after a sustained bit of Posh pressure.

The visitors drew themselves level within three minutes of the beginning of the second half as a cross from the right was headed home by Joe RUFFELS who was left unmarked at the back post. Miller then struck the post with a right-foot shot after cutting inside before Maddison’s weak effort was comfortable for Eastwood.

The visitors got their noses in front for the first time in the contest on 53 minutes as a ball forward was converted past the advancing Bond by Wes THOMAS. Payne flashed a shot just over the crossbar on 56 minutes after collecting the ball in a bit of space.

Da Silva Lopes was denied by Eastwood after he was picked out cleverly by Maddison as Posh tried to get themselves back into the game. Michael Doughty replaced Anderson in midfield just after the hour mark.

Bond did well to deny the rampaging Payne on 64 minutes as Oxford caught Posh on the counter-attack. Payne powered a header over the top on 66 minutes as the visitors continued to press. Thomas was denied by Bond after racing clear as Posh left plenty of gaps to be exploited.

Maddison saw a fierce effort parried clear by Eastwood before Baldwin stood up an inviting cross for Marriott who couldn’t keep his header down. Posh were undone on the break again on 75 minutes as ROTHWELL slotted home from close-range after Payne picked him out unmarked at the back post.

It was 4-1 on 83 minutes as substitute MEHMETI tapped home from close-range as Posh were left all at sea defensively once again. Miller fired over on 86 minutes as a shell-shocked Posh side tried to find a consolation. Marriott saw a fierce drive well saved by Eastwood before the same player struck the underside of the bar from the resulting corner.

Posh: Bond, Hughes (sub Lloyd 68min), Tafazolli, Baldwin, Miller, Maddison, Marriott, Da Silva Lopes, Anderson (sub Doughty 62min), Tylor, Grant. Unused subs: O’Malley, Shephard, Forrester, Penny, Kanu.

Oxford: Eastwood, Ribeiro (sub Carroll 71min), Nelson, Hall (sub Ledson 9min), Thomas (sub Mehmeti 78min), Payne, Ruffels, Henry, Rothwell, Da Silva, Mousinho. Unused subs: Shearer, Williamson, Mowatt, Van Kessel.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Oxford United
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-4 Oxford United
Attendance: 6,153 (757 Oxford fans)

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