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Posh v Luton Town | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday's clash with Luton Town.

16 August 2018

Posh return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday with a home fixture against Luton Town

Peterborough United entertain newly-promoted Luton Town in Sky Bet League One action at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to make it three wins from three in league action following a 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers and a comprehensive 4-1 away success at Rochdale.

The Hatters have had a difficult start to the campaign with a narrow defeat at Portsmouth and a hard fought draw against Sunderland and, like Posh, they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the first round stage with Championship side West Bromwich Albion winning 1-0 at the Hawthorns on Tuesday evening.

TEAM NEWS

Manager Steve Evans has confirmed in his weekly press briefing that Mark O’Hara and Siriki Dembele are major doubts for the clash with Town. Both missed training on Thursday and Evans is not confident they will be involved on Saturday. Aside from those two, there are no other players currently struggling with injury.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is hopeful that striker Danny Hylton will be fit and available for selection after missing the Carabao Cup defeat with a thigh strain. Midfield man Elliott Lee could be pushed further forward to partner James Collins if he fails a fitness test.

MANAGER QUOTES

“We have got a couple of players who are really struggling with injuries ahead of the game with Luton. Sirki and Mark O’Hara have both missed training and we have to listen to the medical personnel at the club and seek advice on them because we don’t want to make them any worse. I would say they are serious doubts though at this stage.

“Luton are a good side, they have a lot of quality but so have we. They have had two difficult matches in the league in terms of the sides that they have faced. I expect Portsmouth and Sunderland to be challenging and they have played them already. They will be backed by a large support at the ABAX and I am sure our supporters will rise to that challenge. They can really play their part this weekend,” Steve Evans said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are available for Saturday’s game at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office. Remember, it is cheaper to buy in advance. Luton have sold over 2,150 tickets for the game and will be accommodated in the Motorpoint Stand. It is all-ticket for Luton fans.

FAN ZONE

Situated close to the ticket office and outside of the Posh Venue, the fan zone opens at 1pm and features the Foot-Dart board, Foot-Pool and the Princebuild Speed-Kick inflatable. With the warmer weather set to return, we can also confirm that Frank’s Ices (ice cream van) will be in attendance and we are pleased to say that our popular face painter Hayley also returns so everyone can be sporting the blue and white colours ahead of kick-off. The mobile bar will be open and we are also pleased to confirm that Reed’s Events will be providing a DJ to get everyone in the mood for kick-off.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Graham Salisbury.

 

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Cummings Double Helps Posh To Home Win

Jason Cummings nets twice in 3-1 victory.

18 August 2018

Jason Cummings scores from the penalty spot against Luton Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jason Cummings scores from the penalty spot against Luton Town

Posh continue 100% start to league campaign with a 3-1 victory.

Peterborough United made it three Sky Bet League One victories out of three with a 3-1 victory over Luton Town in front of over 8,000 supporters at the ABAX Stadium with the Hatters blown away following a dominant first half display.

Jason Cummings floated a free-kick wide of the target on eight minutes after Siriki Dembele had been upended after a forceful run.  Posh got themselves into a deserved lead on 17 minutes as Godden fed Cummings with a wonderful pass only to see his strike partner brought down by the defender and then the keeper for good measure. Incredibly there was no booking administered by the match official.

CUMMINGS stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to give Posh the lead. Less than three minutes later Posh were 2-0 up and it was a superb solo effort from Siriki DEMBELE who wriggled into the penalty area and fired an unstoppable left-foot shot into the roof of the net.

Potts was cautioned for a foul on Ward moments later as the Hatters became frustrated with the start to the game. Hylton saw an ambitious lob from long-range land on the roof of the netting as Luton came close to reducing the arrears.

Luton made a change on 28 minutes as Glen Rea replaced McCormack in the Town midfield. It was 3-0 to Posh on 37 minutes and it came from a lightening quick counter attack led by Dembele, who first used strength in an aerial duel before rolling a pass into the path of CUMMINGS who took a touch and fired a low left-foot shot past the keeper for his second goal of the game.

Luton thought they were back in it on 38 minutes as the referee pointed to the spot following a challenge by Daniel on Stacey but on the advice of the assistant on the near side, the decision was reversed. Dembele was denied from distance by a good Stech stop before Daniel fizzed the rebound from distance wide of the far post.

Stacey saw a deflected drive from long-range claimed by Chapman deep into first half stoppage time after being afforded a bit of room 30-yards from goal. Godden saw a snap-shot moments into the second half beaten away by keeper Stech.

Lee fired over from long-range on 55 minutes as the Hatters pressed for a breakthrough. Lee saw a free-kick on the hour mark strike the wall before Rea fired the rebound well wide of the target on the half volley.

Rea fired well wide of the target on 70 minutes after a bit of a scramble in the Posh penalty area. Lee then headed a cross straight at goalkeeper Chapman before both sides made changes with Ivan Toney the Posh man introduced.

The Hatters pulled a goal back on 78 minutes as a deep cross to the far post was met by STACY, his cross-shot appeared to take a deflection off a Posh defender before finding the way into the back of the net.

Hylton dragged a shot wide of the far post on 83 minutes before George Cooper replaced Dembele. Toney saw a shot deflect wide for a corner kick after good work from Joe Ward on 87 minutes. Toney saw a powerful header from a driven Cooper corner kick saved at the second attempt by Stech.

Posh: Chapman, Naismith, Daniel, Bennett, Tafazolli, Woodyard, O’Hara, Dembele (sub Cooper 83min), Ward, Cummings, Godden (sub Toney 74min). Unused subs: Tyler, Cooke, Reed, Yorwerth, Maddison.

Luton Town: Stech, Potts, McCormack (sub Rea 28min), Bradley, Pearson (sub Shinnie 46min), Stacey, Hylton, Lee, Mpanzu, Collins (sub Grant 74min), Sheehan. Unused subs: Shea, Justin, Cornick, Jervis.

Half-time: Peterborough United 3-0 Luton Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 3-1 Luton Town
Attendance: 8,016 (2,209 Luton fans)

 

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