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Oxford United v Posh |Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s clash at the Kassam Stadium.

15 February 2019

Peterborough United travel to the Kassam Stadium to face Oxford United on Saturday.

Peterborough United make the trip to the Kassam Stadium to face Oxford United in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Darren Ferguson and Karl Robinson, who had a great rivalry when Robinson was in charge of MK Dons, come face to face in the dugout once more.

Oxford have enjoyed some excellent results against sides in the top six with draws against Barnsley and Sunderland a victory over Portsmouth in recent weeks. Posh go into the clash just outside of the play-off positions after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers but know that three points will keep them in touch with the pack in front of them.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back on-loan attacking midfielder Lee Tomlin from suspension but left back Tyler Denton is unavailable following his dismissal at the Keepmoat Stadium. Joe Ward is expected to travel after a scan revealed no damage following his late withdrawal last week but the Posh boss confirmed a number of other players are nursing injury or struggling with illness.

Oxford could hand Jerome Sinclair a start after he came on to good effect against the Black Cats in their last outing. Mark Sykes is Oxford United’s only injury doubt ahead of their clash with Peterborough United.

The January signing is still waiting for his league debut and did not train yesterday, but United are hoping the 21-year-old will take part in today’s session. Everton loanee Luke Garbutt missed out on the squad last weekend but could return in a more offensive position.

FROM THE GAFFER

“We need to start winning games, that is how you get momentum, I would take a scrappy 1-0 away win on Saturday to get us moving in the right direction. We have been hampered massively in the last two games because we haven’t been able to keep 11 players on the pitch. Oxford have collected some excellent results against the top sides in this division. I am looking forward to seeing Karl Robinson again. He is someone I have respect for. He has been in the game a long time and I have no doubt it will be a good footballing game,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“When we’ve come up against the real (big names) of the division the other results and performances have (largely) been very good.  Then you look at our performances at home to Bristol Rovers and Southend, then away to Plymouth, and they were well below par.

“I think the players have had their fingers burnt.  They need to understand we’ve recruited the talent and they have to perform on a consistent basis.  Winning is difficult, losing is easy and you’ve got to be prepared to go that extra mile,” Oxford boss Karl Robinson said this week.

TICKET NEWS

At 10am on Friday, Posh had sold just under 300 tickets in advance for the clash at the Kassam Stadium. There is no price rise on the day and the game is not all-ticket. A full list of prices can be found here: https://www.theposh.com/tickets/away-tickets/

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Ross Joyce.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be all in white for the fixture.

 

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Toney Secures Vital Away Victory

Ivan Toney nets 19th goal of the season in 1-0 victory against Oxford.

16 February 2019

Ivan Toney scores the winning goal against Oxford United Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ivan Toney scores the winning goal against Oxford United

Peterborough United picked up three points at the Kassam Stadium as Ivan Toney took his tally for the season to 19 with a fine finish.

Peterborough United recorded their first victory under Darren Ferguson with a battling 1-0 away win at the Kassam Stadium against Karl Robinson’s Oxford United with Ivan Toney netting his 19th goal of the campaign in the second half of the contest.

Posh made a very bright start to the contest, winning a number of set-pieces inside the opening five minutes before full-back Jason Naismith struck the post with a powerful drive after an intelligent switch of play from Kyle Dempsey.

Ben White was cautioned for a tug on the shirt of Henry on seven minutes by referee Mr Joyce and from the resulting free-kick, James Henry struck the wall with a low set-piece. Cameron Brannagan saw a shot go wide of the near post on 10 minutes after the hosts made progress down the right.

Posh were forced into a change on 21 minutes with Ryan Tafazolli replacing the injured Josh Knight who saw his debut cut short in the first third of the game. Maddison was cautioned for a dive on 35 minutes by referee Mr Joyce who perceived he had tried to elaborate a fall, in truth, he was just fouled, end of.

Toney headed a teasing Maddison free-kick wide of the target on 38 minutes after Cooper had been upended in a wide area. O’Malley did well to keep out a fierce Brannagan effort on 44 minutes before bouncing up to retrieve Lafferty’s knock-back.

Hanson was cautioned for a bad foul on Dempsey moments after the re-start as Posh won an early free-kick at the beginning of the second half. Cooper sent the resulting set-piece wide of the near post from 25-yards with his left-foot.

Posh made a second change just before the hour mark with Lee Tomlin replacing Cooper. Hanson saw a low drive pushed away by O’Malley on 63 minutes as Oxford began to press. Dickie was booked for a foul on Maddison on 69 minutes.

Lafferty limped out of the action on 70 minutes with Rhys Bennett his replacement. The deadlock was broken on 75 minutes as a clever free-kick from Maddison picked out TONEY and he made no mistake, firing into the bottom corner with his right-foot. Woodyard was cautioned for a foul on 80 minutes.

Six minutes of added time was indicated by the fourth official. Mackie was cautioned for an off the ball incident three minutes into injury time.

 

Oxford: Eastwood, Dickie, Nelson, Hanson, Brannagan, Sinclair (sub Mackie 68min), Ruffells, Mousinho (sub Caruthers 78min), Whyte, Henry (sub Browne 68min), Graham. Unused subs: Stevens, Long, Kashi, Jones.

Posh: O’Malley, Naismith, Knight (sub Tafazolli 21min), Woodyard, White, Ward, Toney, Cooper (sub Tomlin 58min), Maddison, Lafferty (sub Bennett 70min), Dempsey. Unused subs: Chapman, Reed, Godden, Stevens.

Half-time: Oxford United 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Oxford United 0-1 Peterborough United
Attendance: 6,451 (490 Posh)

 

 

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