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Walsall v Posh | Match Preview

We look forward to Saturday’s clash with Walsall.

26 April 2019

Posh travel to the Banks’s Stadium to face Walsall on Saturday in Sky Bet League One action.

Peterborough United make the trip to Walsall in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon knowing that three points is vital if Darren Ferguson’s men are going to keep up their push for a play-off berth following a dramatic few days.

Walsall, like Posh, will be desperate for three points, with the Saddlers currently sitting in the relegation zone. Manager (and former Posh midfielder Martin O’Connor) has called for his side to dig in as they try and secure safety.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are hopeful that central defender Ryan Tafazolli will be available for selection after missing the Easter games due to injury. Tafazolli has trained this week and could be included in the squad. There are no other fresh injury worries to contend with for Posh.

Walsall are expected to make changes following the fixture with Southend United and the recent defeat to Accrington Stanley. Morgan Ferrier should lead the line alongside Andy Cook, who Darren Ferguson has identified as a major threat.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Walsall will get the ball into the box so we will have to deal with crosses as they are a physical threat. They, like ourselves, need the three points so both sides will go for it and it should be an end to end encounter, but we have to remain calm and focus on how we can influence the game,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“I am one of those people where my glass is half full and I’ve been the same all week as we’ve prepared for Peterborough. We have done our sessions, we have worked on offensive patterns to try and get some creativity into the team. But I think the team will pick itself. I’ll look them all in the eye and I will see who is up for the battle,” O’Connor said.

TICKET NEWS

At 9am on Friday, 857 tickets had been sold for the clash with the Saddlers but fans are able to pay on the day, albeit with a £2 price increase. Tickets will be on sale at the ABAX Stadium Box Office until 1pm on Friday.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in all blue for the game.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Martin Coy.

 

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Posh Slump To Defeat At Saddlers

Posh well beaten by Walsall in Sky Bet League One.

27 April 2019

Alex Woodyard shouts in frustration as Walsall score their second goal Joe Dent / theposh.com
Alex Woodyard shouts in frustration as Walsall score their second goal

Darren Ferguson apologised to the Posh fans following a comprehensive defeat to Walsall.

Peterborough United’s hopes of reaching the Sky Bet League One play-offs were dealt a huge blow by a crushing 3-0 defeat at relegation threatened Walsall who played the conditions and took their opportunities in front of goal.

Darren Ferguson’s men never got going after Marcus Maddison’s early effort was saved and only a point for Doncaster at Oxford keeps the challenge alive with a win at Portsmouth on Tuesday now a must if Posh are going to take it to the final day.

Marcus Maddison tested goalkeeper Chris Dunn with a swerving effort from long-range on three minutes, the shot-stopper doing well to parry the ball to safety. Gordon tested Chapman with a low effort from long-range on nine minutes as Walsall found some space in the middle of the pitch.

Joe Edwards sent a low shot wide from 25-yards on 13 minutes after being afforded a bit too much room in midfield. Gordon fired wide of the near post on 22 minutes as the Saddlers caught Posh on the counter attack and moments later, Posh were forced into a change with Ivan Toney replacing the injured Cooper.

Jason Naismith saw a deflected effort from range gathered by keeper Dunn on 26 minutes. Cook fired wide for Walsall on 36 minutes. In first half injury time, the Saddlers got their noses in front as a deep cross was nodded home at the far post by COOK.

Dobson curled over deep into stoppage time before the referee brought an end to a very scrappy 45 minutes. Dobson was cautioned for a blatant body check on Dembele three minutes after the re-start.

Walsall doubled the lead on 56 minutes as a low cross from Gordon was bundled into his own net by Lafferty at the far post. Posh made an immediate change with Joe Ward replacing Dembele. Woodyard was booked for a foul on the hour mark as Walsall, visibly lifted by the second goal, went on the charge.

Posh made their final change on 65 minutes with Lee Tomlin replacing Lafferty as Posh changed their shape to wing backs. Naismith saw a low effort gathered by Dunn on 67 minutes after Posh found a bit of space in midfield.

Walsall made it 3-0 on 74 minutes as Cook outmuscled Bennett down the right and his low cross was converted at the near post by GORDON. Toney saw a free-kick go into the side-netting of the near post as the Posh fans began to stream for the exits.

Walsall: Dunn, Edwards (sub Osbourne 81min), Leahy, Dobson, Devlin, Cook (sub Oteh 90min), Kinsella, Johnson, Gordon, Laird, Scarr (sub Guthrie 62min). Unused subs: Roberts, Ismail, Fitzwater, Norman.

Posh: Chapman, Naismith, Knight, Woodyard, Godden, Dembele (sub Ward 58min), Reed, Bennett, Lafferty (sub Tomlin 65min), Cooper (sub Toney 23min), Maddison. Unused subs: O’Malley, White, Cooke, Stevens.

Half-time: Walsall 1-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Walsall 3-0 Peterborough United
Attendance: 5,400 (1,585 Posh fans)

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