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15 December 2018 Venue Montgomery Waters Meadow Attendance

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Shrewsbury v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday's game.

14 December 2018

Posh make the trip to the Montgomery Waters Stadium on Saturday.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday with a trip to face Shrewsbury Town (3pm) who have recently changed their manager with former Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts now in the hot seat at the Salop.

Posh go into the encounter off the back of an entertaining 4-4 draw at Bradford City on Tuesday evening with goalkeeper Conor O’Malley saving three penalties to ensure progress into the third round and a tie at Championship side Middlesbrough.

TEAM NEWS

Despite 120 minutes of action in midweek, manager Steve Evans has no fresh injury worries to contend with ahead of the fixture and believes his squad are in ‘excellent shape’ as they travel to face the Shrews.

Sam Ricketts has no new injury worries as he prepares for his first home league game in charge of Shrewsbury. Shaun Whalley could come into contention for a starting berth after playing a full 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek.

Whalley recently returned from six and a half weeks out with a calf injury but had to settle for a place on the bench against Burton last week. Ricketts also indicated that striker Lee Angol could figure after he scored a hat-trick in the same reserves game. Another former Posh player, Anthony Grant, is expected to line-up in midfield.

FROM THE MANAGER

“I remember Sam as a player. He scored an unbelievable goal for Wolverhampton Wanderers against my Rotherham side with his left-foot. It was perhaps a cross! I am looking forward to taking my side to face his. Shrewsbury have good players, they have one or two that have played for me in the past and we know they will be a tough test for our players, but we go there with confidence,” Steve Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“The support at Burton last week was excellent, so I’m really looking forward to that support again at home. And hopefully we can give them a performance to be proud of and with that comes the right result. The performance is all we can control,” Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets will be on sale from www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access) and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office until 3pm on Friday. The game is not all-ticket, but please note that is CASH ONLY at the Montgomery Waters Stadium. There are no cashpoints at the stadium.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match official is Michael Salisbury.

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Posh Secure Late Point At Shrews

Rhys Bennet earns Posh a point.

15 December 2018

Siriki Dembele in action against Shrewsbury Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Siriki Dembele in action against Shrewsbury Town

Posh remain in fourth following battling draw at Shrewsbury.

Peterborough United scored in stoppage time to secure a 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury Town with defender Rhys Bennett scrambling home an equaliser from a quickly-taken corner kick, but manager Steve Evans was disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded.

It was a nightmare start for Posh as inside the two minutes, Greg DOCHERTY unleashed a low shot into the bottom corner from 25-yards. After a disappointing 10 minutes, Posh got themselves level on 12 minutes as a low right-footed cross from Marcus Maddison was turned in at the near post by Matt GODDEN for his first league goal since October 13th.

Toney was denied by Steve Arnold at the near post on 22 minutes after a header from a first time Ward cross. Aaron Chapman did well to beat away a stinging Docherty drive on 34 minutes after a poor defensive header.

Chapman did well to tip a swerving Laurent shot around the post on 40 minutes after the keeper’s initial clearance had held up in the swirling wind. On the stroke of half-time, Toney saw a low shot parried by Arnold before the referee brought the first half to a close.

Posh made their first change on 56 minutes as George Cooper replaced Dembele. Colin Daniel saw a powerful effort from long-range go wide of the near post moments later. The home side got their noses in front on 59 minutes and it was a terrible goalkeeping error as Chapman tried to get to a through-ball but was beaten to it by OKENABIRHIE who rounded the keeper and slotted into the empty net.

The second Shrews goalscorer tested Chapman again on 63 minutes but this time the keeper was able to gather. Maddison saw a low effort from 30-yards diverted around the post by Arnold with Daniel’s header from the resulting corner kick going wide.

Posh somehow managed to contrive a glorious chance to level after a fine counter attack, Ward’s low cross picked out Godden but he hit the bar from two-yards. Jamie Walker replaced Reed as manager Steve Evans made his second change of the game on 70 minutes.

Grant was cautioned for a foul on Walker on 78 minutes and Jason Cummings followed him into the book for a blatant shirt tug. As the game moved into five minutes of added time, Posh found a leveller following a goal-mouth melee with BENNETT apparently getting the final touch to secure a point.

Shrewsbury: Arnold, Sadler, Beckles, Docherty, Okenabirhie, Bolton, Holloway (sub John-Lewis 71min), Waterfall, Laurent (sub Whalley 61min. sub Angol 85min)), Norburn, Grant. Unused subs: Coleman, Haynes, Angol, John-Lewis, Gilleada, Sears.

Posh: Chapman, Daniel, Woodyard, Tafazolli, Bennett, Godden, Dembele (sub Cooper 56min), Reed (sub Walker 71min), Ward, Toney, Maddison. Unused subs: O’Malley, Naismith, O’Hara, Cooper, Stevens, Cummings.

Half-time: Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Peterborough United
Full-time: Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Peterborough United
Attendance:  5,393 (299 Posh fans)

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