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Posh v Bradford | Match Preview

Posh host Bantams on Saturday.

30 November 2018

A look ahead to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie with Bradford.

Peterborough United host fellow Sky Bet League One side Bradford City in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday afternoon at the ABAX Stadium (3pm) with both sides determined to reach the third round draw which takes place on Monday evening.

The two sides met a fortnight ago in the league with the points shared following a 1-1 draw at the ABAX Stadium. Ivan Toney netted the Posh equaliser after the Bantams had secured an early lead.

TEAM NEWS

There are no fresh injury worries for manager Steve Evans and his staff to deal with ahead of the cup-tie with Jason Cummings and Sebastien Bassong expected to be fully fit after slight knocks prevented them from starting Tuesday night’s 1-0 win against AFC Wimbledon.

The visitors have added to their squad since the draw with experienced midfielder Karl Henry bringing extra competition to the middle of the park. Former Posh centre back Nathaniel Knight-Percival is suspended after being sent-off against Oxford. David Ball, who scored against Oxford, is likely to partner Eoin Doyle up front.

FROM THE MANAGER

“Bradford have added to their squad since we played them a fortnight ago and they will arrive stronger for it. They had a good win over Oxford which would have lifted confidence but league form goes out of the window in a cup competition. Both sides want to progress into the third round. We will make a few changes and the standard of training this week has been good with everyone battling for a place.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“You wouldn’t think we are a side bottom of League One if you saw the mood around camp. If we keep working hard and keep being difficult to beat then we always have a chance of winning games,” Bradford boss David Hopkin said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are available to purchase 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. The Motorpoint Stand is closed for this fixture. You can find out details of the reduced ticket prices here

https://www.theposh.com/news/2018/november/tickets-for-fa-cup-tie-now-on-sale/

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Trevor Kettle.

 

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Bantams Secure Unlikely Replay

Bradford score twice late on.

1 December 2018

Alex Woodyard in action against Bradford City Joe Dent / theposh.com
Alex Woodyard in action against Bradford City

Visitors secure replay after late fightback at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United will face a replay at Valley Parade after Bradford City scored twice in the final 10 minutes at the ABAX Stadium to secure an unlikely second crack at this Emirates FA Cup second round tie.

Posh dominated for long spells and were 2-0 up through goals from Ivan Toney and Siriki Dembele but an outstanding goal out of the blue from Kelvin Mellor and a hugely deflected effort from substitute Luca Colville earned the visitors a 2-2 draw.

Paul Caddis was shown a yellow card inside the opening five minutes for a fairly blatant shirt tug on Siriki Dembele. Karl Henry followed him into the book on eight minutes with a ridiculous challenge on Marcus Maddison miles from any danger.

Ryan Tafazolli headed a driven Louis Reed corner well wide of the target on 12 minutes after a wonderful cross from Joe Ward somehow evaded everyone in the six-yard box. Aaron Chapman was well placed to keep out a header from Mellor after a well worked Bantams set-piece on the quarter hour mark.

O’Donnell produced a fine stop on 21 minutes to keep out Toney who had linked up superbly well with strike partner Matt Godden following a long clearance from Chapman. The deadlock was broken on 29 minutes and it was a picture-book goal, a wonderful break from Posh, Marcus Maddison with the delightful defence splitting pass and Ivan TONEY finished the move off with a crisp finish past O’Donnell.

Ball was cautioned for a foul on Dembele moments later, the third Bantams player to be booked by Mr Kettle. Jim O’Brien fired wide from long-range on 33 minutes after a neat one two with O’Connor.

Godden wasn’t far away from doubling the lead moments later after Toney charged down the keeper’s clearance, it was a difficult first-time opportunity for the former Stevenage man and he just couldn’t steer it goal-wards.

Posh doubled the lead in first half stoppage time as Siriki DEMBELE finished a superb pass from Toney into the bottom corner with his left-foot. Chapman produced a fine stop to divert a drive from Doyle around the post on 50 minutes as the visitors came close to reducing the arrears.

Maddison saw a cross-shot tipped away by O’Donnell before Reed lashed a volley over the bar from the edge of the box. The visitors made a double change just after the hour mark with Luca Colville and George Miller introduced by David Hopkin.

Posh made a change on 70 minutes with Jason Cummings replacing the hard-working Godden. Dembele fired wide with his left-foot after doing all the hard work to burst into the box moments later as Posh pressed for a third goal.

Maddison did have the ball in the back of the net after racing onto a Ward pass but bizarrely the assistant referee spotted a foul and ruled it out. Bradford scored a superb goal to make the last 10 minutes interesting on 83 minutes as MELLOR let fly from distance and saw his outstanding effort find the top corner.

The visitors levelled with the aid of a huge deflection on 88 minutes as substitute COLVILLE found the back of the net from distance. Maddison was cautioned for diving in stoppage time as the game headed for a replay. 

Posh: Chapman, Daniel, Woodyard, Tafazolli, Godden (sub Cummings 70min), Dembele (sub Naismith 79min), Reed (sub O’Hara 85min), Ward, Bennett, Toney, Maddison. Unused subs: O’Malley, Naismith, Cooper, Denton, Bassong.

Bradford: O’Donnell, Chicksen, O’Brien (sub Colville 63min), O’Connor, Doyle, Payne, Mellor, Caddison, L. O’Brien, Ball (sub Miller 63min), Henry (sub Bruenker 77min). Unused subs: Wilson, McGowan, Wood, Devine,

Half-time: Peterborough United 2-0 Bradford City
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-2 Bradford City
Attendance: 3,750 (234 Bradford fans)

 

 

 

 

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