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Middlesbrough v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s cup-tie against Middlesbrough.

4 January 2019

Both sides are expected to make changes to their line-up for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie.

Peterborough United make the journey to the Riverside Stadium to face Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with over 1,000 supporters set to travel in support of Steve Evans’ men.

It will the first time the two clubs have met since April 2013 when the two sides played out a goal-less draw at the Riverside. The teams have met twice in the FA Cup with one draw and one Middlesbrough victory on the record.

TEAM NEWS

New signings Daniel Lafferty and Ben White go straight into the squad after signing on loan deals from Sheffield United and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively. Ryan Tafazolli should be fit after coming off against Scunthorpe United with a dead leg. Sebastien Bassong (calf) is still on the side-lines.

Tony Pulis faces a pile-up of defensive injury problems ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie against Peterborough - with three key players ruled out. Daniel Ayala, Ryan Shotton and Aden Flint are all unavailable for the visit of League One Posh, with Pulis revealing Flint's hamstring problems is a "major concern for us".

The manager says the towering former Bristol City centre-half is facing a "few weeks" on the sidelines. Daniel Ayala will also miss out after picking up a knock in the New Year's Day draw at Derby, while Shotton is still struggling with the knee injury sustained at Reading.

Further forward, Pulis has confirmed that new signing Rajiv van La Parra will start the game but won't last the full 90 minutes due to a lack of match fitness. Pulis also revealed that Nathan Wood and Dimi Konstantopoulos will feature against Steve Evans's side.

FROM THE GAFFER

“The Riverside Stadium is a wonderful place to play your football and the players are looking forward to the challenge. I am sure Tony will change his starting line-up around but whatever team they select will be full of quality. We have two players in the building in the last 24 hours and they will go straight into the squad. We want to progress in this competition but it is an opportunity to change a few things,” Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

"It will be a tough game for us because of the situation at the back. It will be a very open game, it will have to be. We've picked up injuries. The one really disappointing one is Flinty, he looks like he'll be out for a few weeks. Ayala's also picked up a knock. You add that to Ryan Shotton and Sam Stubbs, that's a bit of a worry defensively. We're a little bit concerned at the moment with the way one or two of them are,” Tony Pulis said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale 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. Tickets will be on sale until 4pm on Friday. The game is not all-ticket. Fans can pay cash on the turnstiles at the Riverside Stadium.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is James Linnington.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in all blue for the cup-tie.

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Posh Beaten By Championship Side

Britt Assombalonga at the double for Middlesbrough.

5 January 2019

Former Posh striker Britt Assombalonga scores the opening goal for Middlesbrough Joe Dent / theposh.com
Former Posh striker Britt Assombalonga scores the opening goal for Middlesbrough

Hosts score five times in the second half to condemn Posh to cup defeat.

Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough were second best in the first half but showed their class in the second period with five goals without reply including a brace from former Peterborough United front man Britt Assombalonga.

George Friend produced an excellent tackle to stop Ivan Toney from getting a shot on goal inside the opening five minutes as Posh made an assured start. Former Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair fired wide on the volley moments later after the hosts found a bit of room down the left hand side to get into a crossing position.

Siriki Dembele was a whisker away from opening the scoring on 24 minutes as he let fly from 25-yards, the ball rolling inches past the far post with the keeper beaten. Toney powered a header over from an in-swinging Lafferty free-kick on 29 minutes after Woodyard did well to draw a foul in a wide area.

White was cautioned for a foul on the touchline by referee James Linington on the half hour mark. Posh squandered a glorious chance a few moments later after a superb move, Ward feeding Toney, he left the defender on his backside but skied his effort with his left-foot from eight yards.

Tafazolli planted a header wide from a driven Reed corner kick on 37 minutes before Rudy Gestede looped a header wide at the other end from a van la Parra cross. Gestede headed straight at O’Malley on 40 minutes following another van la Parra centre.

Dembele fired wide from 25-yards after a strong run a minute before the break as Posh found more room to run at the Boro’ back-line. Leadbitter was cautioned for a trip on Toney in first half stoppage time. Middlesbrough made a change at the break with Lewis Wing replacing van la Parra.

The home side didn’t take long after the interval to get their noses in front as a Fletcher shot was deflected onto the crossbar by O’Malley and Britt ASSOMBALONGA was there to nod home the rebound from close-range in the 47th minute.

The hosts doubled their advantage on 49 minutes as FRIEND bundled home from close-range after Fletcher had used his strength to get past Ward in a wide area. Toney saw a well struck free-kick gathered by Konstantopoulos on 55 minutes after Dembele was felled.

Matt Godden replaced O’Hara just before the hour mark as Steve Evans made his first change of the afternoon. Middlesbrough made it 3-0 on 62 minutes as substitute WING rifled home a superb effort from 30-yards past O’Malley and into the corner of the net.

Toney hammered a free-kick into the wall on 67 minutes as Posh tried to find a route back into the contest. Middlesbrough made it 4-0 on the 70th minute mark and it was a well worked goal, Gestede with an excellent flick into the path of ASSOMBALONGA who made no mistake with his left-foot.

Cooke fired wide from distance on 85 minutes as Posh tried to fashion out a consolation goal. Toney did crack the bar in stoppage time via the hands of goalkeeper Konstantopoulos but it was not to be for Posh who exit the competition at the third round stage.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Ayala, Leadbitter, Assombalonga, McNair, Fletcher, Fry, Tavernier (sub Chapman 73min), Van La Parra (sub Wing 46min), Gestede (sub Walker 73min). Unused subs: Lonergan, Clayton, Wood, Spence.

Posh: O’Malley, Naismith, Woodyard, Tafazolli, White, O’Hara (sub Godden 58min), Reed (sub Cooke 79min, Dembele (sub Cummings 79min), Ward, Lafferty, Toney. Unused subs: Chapman, Cooke, Bennett, Cooper, Denton.

Half-time: Middlesbrough 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Middlesbrough 5-0 Peterborough United
Attendance: 11,647 (1,266 Posh fans)

 

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