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Posh v Oxford | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday's clash with Oxford.

7 December 2018

Posh host Oxford United at the ABAX Stadium - buy your tickets now.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action this weekend as Oxford United visit the ABAX Stadium (3pm) with Posh going into the clash off the back of a 2-0 victory at Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Oxford have picked up in form of late after a slow start to the campaign and they will be buoyed by success away from home in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend as they recorded an eye-catching win at Plymouth Argyle, who themselves have seen an upturn in fortunes.

TEAM NEWS

Manager Steve Evans has spoken this week about the competition between the sticks after a clean sheet for Irishman Conor O’Malley in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening. O’Malley is now fully fit and pushing for a selection. There are no other fresh injury worries for Posh to content with at this moment in time.

Oxford United top-scorer James Henry is a doubt for Saturday's trip to the ABAX Stadium. The midfielder, who has four goals in his last five appearances, missed training today due to illness. But United have been boosted by the return of Ricky Holmes, who was included for the first time in more than a fortnight following a back problem. Samir Carruthers is out for a further four weeks and Shandon Baptiste is out for around six to eight weeks.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Oxford had a bit of a slow start, but that can happen. They brought a lot of players in during the summer and to be fair to Karl, I had a chat with him fairly recently and a lot of those players have been injured. They are getting them back now and their fortunes have turned around and they have picked up some good results,” Steve Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Peterborough are a good side. Steve and his staff have recruited really well. Arguably they have the best firepower in the league. I know the Chairman Darragh works extremely hard; I remember when he first got the club and it was Peterborough and MK competing so I have seen big, big games against them and we know their fans will get behind their team and it is a difficult ground to play at.

But our fans are fantastic as well and we will have that ever-growing travelling support behind us and will do our best for them,” Karl Robinson said.

TICKET NEWS

Once again, the Motorpoint Stand will welcome a number of supporters who have benefitted from the Schools Initiative. The full stand is open for Posh fans. Tickets are available at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee). Remember it is cheaper if you purchase in advance. Oxford have sold just over 350 tickets in advance of the fixture.

FAN ZONE

Weather permitting, the fan zone will be in operation with the mobile bar, inflatables and much more in operation. The Smyths’ Toys GameStations will be in the Motorpoint Stand concourse.

MINUTE’S SILENCE

There will be a minute’s silence in memory of former Posh owner Peter Boizot who sadly passed away this week aged 89.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Charles Breakspear.

 

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Point For Posh Against Oxford

Posh forced to settle for a point.

8 December 2018

Siriki Dembele in action against Oxford United Joe Dent / theposh.com
Siriki Dembele in action against Oxford United

Posh draw 2-2 with Oxford United at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United were forced to settle for a point at the ABAX Stadium as a late penalty kick from James Henry earned Oxford United a share of the spoils, but the draw keeps the unbeaten run going ahead of a trip to Bradford City in an Emirates FA Cup second round replay on Tuesday evening.

Posh opened the scoring on nine minutes and it was a wonderful first-time finish from Ivan TONEY who fired home on the volley after an intelligent knock-down by strike partner Matt Godden. Godden then saw an effort saved by the legs of Eastwood before Colin Daniel saw an effort somehow kept out by a combination of the keeper and the man on the line.

The goalscorer Toney required treatment on the quarter of an hour mark after trying to hook on a pass to Godden but was soon back in the action. Oxford had the ball in the back of the net on 26 minutes after a swift counter attack but James Henry’s clever flick was chalked off for offside.

Aaron Chapman was well placed to keep out a long-range Whyte effort on the half hour mark as the visitors began to grow in confidence. Dembele scuffed a shot with his left-foot at the back post following a deep Godden delivery moments later as Posh came close to a second goal.

Mackie was cautioned for a flaying arm into the face of Tafazolli on 33 minutes. Browne followed him into the book for a blatant tug back on the shirt of Joe Ward. The visitors levelled the scores on 41 minutes as experienced winger James HENRY rifled a fine effort into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Tafazolli was cautioned moments later for a foul as the visitors broke at pace following a poor touch from Daniel. Chapman did well to beat a long-range Mackie effort away from danger as the bouncing shot came through a crowd as the game entered three minutes of first half stoppage time.

Chapman produced a fine stop to keep out Henry as the visitors pushed for a second goal in the second 45 minutes which had started as a scrappy affair. Posh made a double change on 70 minutes with Jason Cummings and Mark O’Hara replacing Godden and Reed.

Posh got themselves back in front on 74 minutes and it was a superb solo effort from Siriki DEMBELE who cut inside onto his right-foot and unleashed a superb shot into the top corner from 25-yards. Cummings sent a diving header wide after a deflected Daniel effort as the game moved into the final 10 minutes.

Nelson was cautioned for a foul on Woodyard on 83 minutes. Cummings then squandered a fine opportunity to make it 3-1 after taking a good first touch, the Nottingham Forest loanee dragging his left-foot shot wide of the target.

The visitors levelled three minutes from time after Daniel was penalised for a foul in the box. James HENRY coolly converting the penalty kick.

Posh: Chapman, Daniel, Woodyard, Tafazolli, Godden (sub Cummings 70min), Dembele, Reed (sub O’Hara 70min), Ward, Bennett, Toney, Maddison. Unused subs: O’Malley, Naismith, Cooper, Stevens, Bassong,

Oxford:  Eastwood, Dickie, Nelson, Hanson, Brannagan, Browne, Ruffels, Mousinho (sub Holmes 79min), Whyte, Henry, Mackie. Unused subs: Mitchell, Norman, Garbutt, Smith, Raglan, Long.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Oxford United
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-2 Oxford United
Attendance: 7.027 (534 Oxford fans)

 

 

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