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Walsall v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday's match against Walsall.

15 September 2017

Posh head to the Banks's Stadium on Saturday looking to build on the home success over Milton Keynes Dons.

Peterborough United travel to the Banks’s Stadium to face Walsall in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday (3pm) and manager Grant McCann has been presented with a selection dilemma as the four players that came into the starting line-up for the 2-0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons performed admirably.

Posh come up against a Walsall side who were beaten 5-1 by Rotherham United in their last fixture, but manager Jon Whitney has promised a reaction from his side. The Saddlers are a different proposition in front of their own fans and were winners against Posh in the fixture between the two sides last term.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back midfielder Anthony Grant from suspension, while Jack Baldwin, Junior Morias and Leo Da Silva Lopes are all in contention after being rested on Tuesday evening. Callum Chettle is still sidelined with a slight muscle strain while Andrea Borg is nearing fitness after returning from international duty with a groin strain.

Influential attacking midfielder Erhun Oztumer was substituted at half-time of the defeat against Rotherham with a knock and is rated as a doubt for the game against his former club.

MCCANN QUOTES

“We provided a good reaction to the defeat against Bradford on Tuesday night and we go to Walsall with confidence. We are looking forward to the game. I know our recent record isn’t great there, but I remember a big 4-1 victory where we played really well. I have got a few decisions to make regarding team selection because all four that came into the side on Tuesday performed well.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Peterborough is a really tough game. They are second in the table at the minute. Grant McCann has got them playing with a real energy. They responded to the defeat against Bradford by totally outplaying MK Dons. They tweaked their shape a little bit. They had been playing with a back three like us but they switched to a four.

“They are a threat. Jack Marriott is a proven goalscorer. They have brought in Ricky Miller from Dover. Marcus Maddison is a real danger. But at home we have won more games that anyone else. We are a formidable opponent at home. We have put Rotherham behind us and it’s all about what we do next. We will be judged on our reaction and we are looking forward to the challenge,” Walsall manager Jon Whitney said.

TICKET NEWS

Posh had sold just over 375 tickets in advance of the game and there is a £2 price rise on the day. For full ticket prices click here https://www.theposh.com/tickets/away-tickets/

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The referee for Saturday’s game is Sebastian Stockbridge.

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Edwards Earns Posh A Point

Gwion Edwards earns Posh a deserved point.

16 September 2017

Gwion Edwards in action against Walsall Joe Dent / theposh.com
Gwion Edwards in action against Walsall

Match officials at the centre of controversy as Posh forced to settle for a point.

Jack Marriott was a menace in the opening moments, winning a corner and then forcing goalkeeper Gillespie into a fine save after a low shot from a tight angle. Erhun Oztumer cracked the crossbar with a stunning effort from 30-yards on eight minutes after collecting possession just advanced from the centre circle.

Hughes then saw a looping header from a Maddison corner go over the crossbar on 11 minutes. Marriott volleyed over on 17 minutes after a pass from Edwards to Maddison rebounded into his path. Chambers was cautioned for a late tackle on Maddison on 24 minutes by referee Mr Stockbridge.

Doughty flashed a shot wide of the near post on 27 minutes after a corner from Maddison was only half cleared. Grant was cautioned moments later for a hefty challenge, his fourth caution of the season as we reach mid-September.

The deadlock was broken on 37 minutes and it was the home side who got their noses in front, Leamy’s shot was beaten out by Bond and OZTUMER cracked home the rebound high into the back of the net.

Maddison floated a shot over the bar on 40 minutes after a corner kick was only half cleared by Donnellan. Posh made a double change at the break with Liam Shephard and Chris Forrester replacing Grant and Da Silva Lopes.

Walsall were a whisker away from doubling the score on 53 minutes as Guthrie’s header hit the inside of the post before somehow being hacked to safety. Forrester fired over with his left-foot at the other end.

Taylor saw a header from a Maddison corner blocked before Gwion Edwards was cautioned for a foul. Marriott was denied a superb leveller by a fine fingertip stop from Gillespie as Posh piled forward.

Posh drew themselves level on 70 minutes and it was a fine acrobatic strike from Gwion EDWARDS who saw his volley from a Forrester cross crash against the underside of the bar and into the back of the net.

Posh had the ball in the back of the net on 78 minutes as a deflected cross was stabbed home by substitute Morias, however the assistant referee lifted his flag and then put it down. He then chatted with the referee and gave offside. Very bizarre.

Gillespie shovelled a shot from Hughes away from danger on 83 minutes. Bond made a fine stop as the game moved into four minutes of added time.

Posh: Bond, Tafazolli, Hughes, Taylor, Edwards, Da Silva Lopes (sub Shephard 46min), Doughty, Grant (sub Forrester 46min), Maddison, Miller (sub Morias 66min), Marriott. Unused subs: O’Malley, Baldwin, Kanu, Lloyd.

Walsall: Gillespie, Edwards, Leahy, Guthrie, Devlin, Chambers, Cuvelier (sub Morris 73min) Oztumer (sub Ismail 82min), Wilson, Roberts (sub Bakayoko 68min), Donnellan. Unused subs: Roberts, Jackson, Roberts, Agyei.

Half-time: Walsall 1-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Walsall 1-1 Peterborough United
Attendance: 4,453

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