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Posh v Walsall | Match Preview

Posh host Walsall at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday.

21 December 2018

A look ahead to Saturday's game with Walsall at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United entertain Walsall in Sky Bet League One action at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as the festive fixtures get underway with Steve Evans’ men facing four games in ten days ahead of the January transfer window.

A goal in stoppage time from central defender Rhys Bennett secured a late point at Shrewsbury Town last weekend while the Saddlers will still be buoyed by a tremendous 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland in the FA Cup second round replay.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are waiting on the fitness of defender Ryan Tafazolli who has a slight knock. Jason Naismith and Sebastien Bassong are waiting in the wings should Tafazolli fail to make it. Other than that, Posh have a fully fit squad to choose from for the clash with the Saddlers.

Former Posh defender Russell Martin is expected to start at the heart of the defence for Walsall as they look to bounce back from a 4-0 defeat at Bradford City. Striker Morgan Ferrier is expected to lead the line for the Saddlers.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Walsall enjoyed an excellent result at Sunderland in the FA Cup but they have dipped a bit in the league of late. Dean Keates was a great player for Peterborough United and I remember fondly watching him play but he is going to be in the opposing dugout this weekend. We need to start this clutch of games strongly. Four games in a short space of time, some good results and we are in a magnificent position going into the transfer window in January,” Steve Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“It’s going to be a tough game. Steve Evans teams get in your face, he builds teams that push for promotion. He has done that down there. I know the football club very well. I had two and a half years there. Russ was the same we won a couple of promotions.

“But it’s all in the past now. It’s something that I look back on with fond memories and I’m still in touch with a few people from the club. And that’s not just through the football club, as a family down there we made some good friends. We kept in touch with them since. At the beginning of the season, you look at the first fixtures and that was one I looked at to see when we’d get the opportunity to go back,” Dean Keates said.

TICKET NEWS

Remember under 18s are admitted for just £1 on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at theposhtickets.com, in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office or on the Ticketmaster Hotline on 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee).

FAN ZONE

Join us from midday until kick-off for our Christmas market stalls including candy floss, mulled wine, mince pies, roasted chestnuts; have your photo taken with live reindeer; plus, other Christmas treats and Christmas-themed fun! If you’re lucky you might even get to see Santa.

We also have a special live performance from magician, Sean Heydon and youngsters from the Peterborough Cathedral Choir will be performing some festive tunes.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Paul Marsden.

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O'Malley Preserves Posh Point

Keeper saves late penalty.

22 December 2018

Conor O'Malley saves a penalty against Walsall Joe Dent / theposh.com
Conor O'Malley saves a penalty against Walsall

Posh boss Steve Evans was left disappointed after his side were held to a 1-1 draw.

Peterborough United goalkeeper Conor O’Malley kept up his penalty heroics as he kept out a late Luke Leahy spot-kick to preserve a point for Steve Evans’ men as Walsall claimed a 1-1 draw at the ABAX Stadium.

Posh were fortunate inside the opening few minutes of the contest as an in-swinging corner kick was nodded towards goal by Jon Guthrie, somehow goalkeeper Conor O’Malley kept it out with the aid of his team-mates just in front of him as the visitors tried to scramble the ball home.

Ivan Toney saw a free-kick deflected behind for a corner kick on 27 minutes after Woodyard was pushed to the floor following a half cleared set-piece. Toney then tested Liam Roberts with a low drive from 25-yards after good work from right back by Ward.

Posh created a good chance for Toney after an excellent bit of football with Dembele at the heart of it, the striker eventually guiding his shot on the volley wide with his left-foot. Andy Cook was cautioned for leading with his elbow into the face of Bennett on 38 minutes.

In first half stoppage time, Walsall got their noses in front as Posh struggled to clear and Isaah OSBOURNE nodded home from close-range. Posh levelled within 60 seconds of the re-start, a fine corner from Marcus Maddison was nodded home by the in-form Ivan TONEY. Posh made a change on the hour mark with Matt Stevens replacing Matt Godden.

Cook saw a free header blocked from a corner kick as the Saddlers came close to re-taking the lead. Maddison was cautioned for a foul on 71 minutes by referee Mr Marsden. O’Malley produced a fine stop to keep out Cook with the rebound somehow bundled wide by Gordon.

Maddison sent a low shot from distance just wide of the post on 86 minutes as Posh pushed for a winning goal. On 88 minutes, Walsall were awarded a spot-kick as Devlin was brought down by O’Malley. Leahy stepped up to take the spot-kick but O’Malley kept it out with a fine save diving to his right.

O’Malley produced heroics again deep into stoppage time, somehow keeping out Ferrier and Cook as Posh were pegged back but despite some more nervy moments, the contest ended in a 1-1 draw.

Posh: O’Malley, Naismith, Daniel, Woodyard, Godden (sub Stevens 59min), Dembele (sub Cooper 75min), Reed (sub O’Hara 46min), Ward, Bennett, Toney, Maddison. Unused subs: Chapman, Lyon, Denton, Cummings.

Walsall: Roberts, Leahy, Guthrie, Devlin, Morris, Cook, Kinsella, Fitzwater, Wilson, Gordon (sub Ferrier 79min), Osbourne (sub Dobson 71min). Unused subs: Dunn, Edwards, Ismail, Johnson, Ronan.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-1 Walsall
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Walsall
Attendance: 7,243 (262 Walsall fans)

 

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