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19 April 2019 Venue Highbury Stadium Attendance

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Fleetwood v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Friday’s clash against the Cod Army.

18 April 2019

Posh travel to Highbury to face Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One on Good Friday (3pm).

Peterborough United make a second trip to the North West in a row on Good Friday with Fleetwood Town providing the opposition at Highbury (3pm) as Darren Ferguson’s men look to keep up the pressure on Doncaster Rovers who currently occupy the final play-off spot in Sky Bet League One.

Posh have won the last three games, keeping clean sheets in all of them and will travel in good spirits and with Doncaster travelling to Sunderland and kicking off two hours after Ferguson’s men, the pressure could be ramped up on Grant McCann’s men with a victory.

Fleetwood have had an interesting seven days and nothing is for certain going into the game on Good Friday with regards to their manager Joey Barton who was involved in a reported incident with Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel at Oakwell last Saturday following the final whistle.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are waiting on the availability of influential attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison who has a sore throat while Ryan Tafazolli and Ben White are both rated as doubtful. Tafazolli suffered a knee injury in the 1-0 win at Blackpool while White is struggling with an ankle complaint.

Fleetwood lost the appeal against the red card issued to Harry Souttar in that defeat to Barnsley. He was shown a straight red for an alleged elbow and will miss three matches including the clash with Posh.

FROM THE MANAGER

“Joey Barton is not going to line-up in their team so it is not something that is going to affect us whether he is in the dugout or not on Friday. We are concentrating on our game and trying to get a victory. By keeping clean sheet’s, we are giving ourselves a platform to win football matches and we have players at the top end of the pitch to score goals,” Ferguson said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale until 1pm on Thursday at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office. Posh had sold 236 tickets at 9am on Thursday. The game is not all-ticket and there is no price increase on the day.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in all blue for the fixture.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Tom Nield.

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Posh Undone By Late Fleetwood Leveller

Late goal earns Fleetwood a point against Posh.

19 April 2019

Marcus Maddison in action against Fleetwood Joe Dent / theposh.com
Marcus Maddison in action against Fleetwood

Darren Ferguson’s men forced to settle for a point as Fleetwood Town grab late leveller at Highbury.

Fleetwood Town grabbed an unlikely point deep into stoppage time as Peterborough United were denied a fourth successive victory by substitute Ashley Hunter, who saw his low volley find the back of the net after a long throw was only half cleared.

Siriki Dembele saw an early effort blocked and Marcus Maddison fired over with his right-foot as Posh tried to find a breakthrough in the opening 10 minutes of the contest at Highbury. Posh were given a spot-kick on 18 minutes as Maddison was tripped in the box by Coyle but goalkeeper Alex Cairns stood tall and denied the Posh winger from the spot.

Toney flashed a shot across the six-yard box moments later after a fine pass picked him out in space. At the other end, Paddy Madden fired over from 12-yards after a good run down the right hand side from Coyle saw him burst into the box.

The home side wanted a spot-kick on 29 minutes as Coyle appeared to go to ground under a challenge from Reed but the referee gave a free-kick to Posh on the advice of his assistant referee. Chapman did well to keep out a clever chip from Madden on the half hour mark, the Posh keeping backtracking before tipping it over for a corner.

Maddison saw a well struck free-kick crash against the crossbar on 38 minutes after Dembele had once again been upended without a booking being issued to a Fleetwood player. Posh had a number of set-pieces as the half wore on but couldn’t force goalkeeper Cairns into more action as the half came to a close.

Husband was cautioned for a foul on Maddison a minute into the second period by referee Mr Nield. From the resulting free-kick, Bennett nodded across to Toney who hit the base of the post with his diving header. Maddison then sent a left-footed effort inches past the post from 25 yards after cutting inside from the right.

The deadlock was broken on 63 minutes as MADDISON atoned for his earlier penalty miss by converting at the back post following a cross from Jason Naismith. Madden guided a shot wide of the target on 66 minutes after a free-kick was only half cleared by the Posh defence.

Posh made a change on 75 minutes with George Cooper replacing Tomlin and Fleetwood making a double change as Hill and Hunter came on. Reed fired over from long-range before Matt Godden replaced Toney.

Eastham was shown a yellow card for a blatant foul on Cooper on 86 minutes. Maddison fired the resulting free-kick straight into the arms of Cairns. The home side found an unlikely equaliser deep into stoppage time as HUNTER cracked home a volley from an acute angle after Posh failed to clear a long throw.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Coyle, Eastham, Burns, Evans, Madden, Wallace, Nadesan (sub Hill 75min), Husband, Biggins, Sheron (sub Hunter 75min). Unused subs; Jones, Clarke, Southam-Hales, Rydel, Smith.

Posh: Chapman, Naismith, Woodyard, Knight, Dembele, Reed, Bennett, Toney (sub Godden 81min), Lafferty, Maddison, Tomlin (sub Cooper 74min). Unused subs: O’Malley, Lyon, Cooke, Denton, Stevens.

Half-time: Fleetwood Town 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Fleetwood Town 1-1 Peterborough United

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