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Posh v Shrewsbury | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s clash with Shrewsbury Town.

22 February 2019

Peterborough United look to make it back to back victories in Sky Bet League One on Saturday as Shrewsbury Town visit the ABAX Stadium.

Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United welcome Shrewsbury Town to the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to build on last weekend’s hard fought 1-0 victory at the Kassam Stadium against Oxford United.

Those three points moved Posh to within a point of Doncaster Rovers in the table although Grant McCann’s side do have a couple of games in hand. Shrewsbury who could well feature former Posh midfield man Anthony Grant in their starting line-up, have had a difficult run of form sandwiched in between a decent cup run and arrive in the drop zone.


Posh welcome back defender Tyler Denton from suspension after he sat out that win against Oxford following his red card at the Keepmoat Stadium. Daniel Lafferty is rated as 50-50 with a hamstring issue while on-loan defender Josh Knight could face more than four weeks on the sidelines after a scan revealed ankle ligament damage. He has returned to his parent club Leicester City for treatment.

Siriki Dembele remains sidelined with a medial knee ligament injury and Callum Cooke has recovered from illness which kept him out of training and the match against the U’s. Josh Laurent has been given the all-clear to make his return from injury for Shrewsbury while Greg Docherty has also returned to training.

The midfield duo's return comes as a big boost to boss Sam Ricketts who is out to record a first league win in 10 games.  Docherty has been sidelined for a fortnight with a nasty eye injury which required a week's bed-rest, but the Scot has returned to training at Sundorne and will be assessed with a view to being involved.

Laurent missed last Saturday's home 1-1 draw against Burton with an ankle injury but has shaken off that knock. The pair were badly missed as Shrews suffered a midfield injury-crisis last time out with Dave Edwards (suspended) and Romain Vincelot (knee) also missing.


“Shrewsbury will be fighting for their lives, just like Oxford were and there is no easy game in this league. We have worked on a few things this week and it is down to us now to find some momentum and build on last week’s win at Oxford. It is about getting the results, that is the most important thing at the moment and then the performances will naturally follow,” Darren Ferguson said.


“You’re looking around the same sort of (50 point) markers really but you just don’t know because it depends on what other teams get. There are so many teams around us.  Does that mean it’s going to be higher or does that mean it’s going to be lower? Ultimately it depends on what the bottom 10 teams do – that will result in what is needed this year,” Shrews boss Sam Ricketts said when asked about the potential points total needed for his side.


Tickets are available at, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office. Shrewsbury are set to be backed by just over 250 supporters. The Motorpoint Stand will have plenty of youngsters through the club’s Schools Initiative. We hope they have a great day with us.


The weather forecast looks promising so the fans zone will be in operation from 1pm with the Mobile Bar, inflatables and much more available.


The match referee is Kevin Johnson.

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Shrews Condemn Posh To Home Loss

Ivan Toney dismissed as Posh beaten.

23 February 2019

Matt Godden in action with Shrewsbury's Anthony Grant Joe Dent /
Matt Godden in action with Shrewsbury's Anthony Grant

Shrewsbury Town come from behind to secure 2-1 victory against 10-man Posh.

Peterborough United failed to capitalise on last weekend’s victory at Oxford United as Shrewsbury Town recorded a 2-1 victory at the ABAX Stadium but yet again there were mitigating circumstances for Darren Ferguson’s men who lost striker Ivan Toney to a red card inside the opening half an hour of the game for deliberate handball.

Jason Naismith had given Posh the lead but the incident that led to Toney’s dismissal saw the visitors equalise and then Tyrese Campbell curled home what proved to be the winner. Shrewsbury had skipper Oliver Norburn sent off in the second half.

After a quiet opening, it was Posh who got themselves in front on 10 minutes as an in-swinging free-kick from Marcus Maddison was headed into the bottom corner under severe pressure from the defender by full-back Jason NAISMITH. It was the first goal of his Posh career after hitting the frame of the goal in last week’s 1-0 win at Oxford United.

Naismith volleyed over moments later from another sumptuous delivery from Maddison as Posh tried to extend their advantage. Joe Ward sent a long-range effort wide of the target on 16 minutes after some good play from the home side in possession.

Posh were reduced to 10-men on 28 minutes as Toney was sent-off for deliberate handball in the box. The resultant spot-kick was dispatched calmly by the skipper NORBURN. Darren Ferguson made an immediate change with Matt Godden replacing Tomlin.

The visitors got their noses in front on 36 minutes as quickly-taken free-kick was fed to on-loan Stoke front man CAMPBELL who swept the ball into the bottom corner via the inside of the far post. Tafazolli saw a header claimed by the keeper following an injury-time Maddison set-piece before the half time whistle was blown.

Dempsey tested Arnold with a header after excellent wing play from Ward as Posh tried to get themselves back into the contest kicking towards the Weston Homes London Road Terrace. Posh made their second change on 54 minutes with Louis Reed replacing Woodyard.

Norburn saw a shot from 25-yards go wide of the target on the hour mark after a sustained spell of Shrews pressure. Norburn was shown a second yellow card on 61 minutes for a foul on Ward as the final half an hour became 10-a-side.

Beckles was cautioned for a foul on Godden moments later as the home crowd got fully involved in the contest. Former Posh man Grant struck the outside of the post on 75 minutes as the visitors sensed a third goal on the counter attack.

Naismith was denied by the chest of Arnold after a Maddison free-kick was only half cleared at the other end. Maddison saw a floaty effort gathered by Arnold on 82 minutes before Posh made their final switch with Matt Stevens introduced.

Stevens fired over from 25-yards on the half volley after Beckles could only nod Maddison’s cross just outside the box. Tafazolli sent a late header straight at keeper Arnolds before the referee blew for full-time.

Posh: O’Malley, Naismith, Woodyard (sub Reed 54min), Tafazolli, White, Ward, Toney, Maddison, Denton, Tomlin (sub Godden 29min), Dempsey. Unused subs: Chapman, Cooke, Bennett, Cooper, Stevens.

Shrewsbury: Arnold, Williams, Beckles, Whalley (sub Bolton 68min), Campbell (sub Docherty 62min), Amadi-Holloway (sub Okenabirhie 71min), Waterfall, Golbourne, Laurent, Norburn, Grant. Unused subs: Mitchell, Sadler, Sears, Payne.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-2 Shrewsbury Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-2 Shrewsbury
Attendance: 6,262 (340 Shrewsbury fans)


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