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Posh v Scunthorpe United | Match Preview

Steve Evans’ men begin 2019 at home to Scunthorpe United.

31 December 2018

Posh return to action on New Year’s Day with a home clash with Scunthorpe United at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United kick-off 2019 with a home fixture against Scunthorpe United at the ABAX Stadium on New Year’s Day (3pm) looking to build on an impressive 4-0 victory at Accrington Stanley in the final Sky Bet League One fixture of 2018.

The Iron, who have been out of form of late, did record a much needed 1-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Glanford Park a few days ago but will be looking for a much better 2019 with 2018 filed as ‘forgettable’ for supporters in north Lincolnshire.


Posh boss Steve Evans has confirmed that there are no fresh injury worries for his side to contend with ahead of the clash with Scunthorpe with only Seb Bassong (calf) and Jamie Walker (gashed knee) currently in the treatment room.

Andy Dales was a substitute against Wycombe but came off soon after entering the pitch due to a neck injury, so will be assessed ahead of the clash. Josh Morris faces two months out with a fractured fibula and strained ankle ligaments. Elsewhere, Matt Gilks (knee) and Rory Watson (arm) continue to miss out.

Ryan Colclough (knee) is out for the remainder of the season, while Matthew Lund (knee) is also out for an unspecified length of time. Meanwhile, Jordan Clarke (knee) is out for three months.


“Scunthorpe got a win against Wycombe at the weekend and they won’t finish where they are in the table now, but I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the opposition, maybe that is what I have done too much. It is about how we impact on the game with the players that we have. We ended 2018 in fine style and we want to start 2019 in a positive manner too,” Steve Evans said.


Scunthorpe are working hard to bring at least two new faces into the squad ahead of the fixture on New Years’ Day but neither are set to feature at the ABAX Stadium. The Iron have been beset by injury problems which has affected their form but reinforcements are expected throughout the month.


Tickets are on sale 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. The Box Office is open until 5pm on New Years’ Eve and from 10am until kick-off on New Years’ Day.


The match referee is Ollie Yates.


The inflatables will be back in the Fan Zone with the Smyth’s Toys Game Stations also allowing supporters to play FIFA19. The Mobile Bar will also be open for those fans that wish to continue to celebrate the turn of the year.



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Posh Beaten By Iron

Posh beaten 2-0 on New Year’s Day.

1 January 2019

Tyler Denton in action against Scunthorpe United Joe Dent /
Tyler Denton in action against Scunthorpe United

Posh slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United at the ABAX Stadium.

Peterborough United slipped out of the top six in Sky Bet League One for the first time this season following a disappointing 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe United who clocked up their second successive victory with a fairly comfortable afternoon’s work.

George Thomas rattled the underside of the crossbar inside the opening three minutes at the ABAX Stadium with Posh hacking the ball to safety as Lee Novak looked to apply a finishing touch. Thomas then saw an effort cleared off the line by a retreating Ryan Tafazolli before the visitors did take the lead on five minutes as NOVAK finished coolly following an awful back pass from Joe Ward.

Jason Naismith fired a low cross-shot across the six-yard box on eight minutes after bursting into the box following a pass from Maddison. Rory McArdle stabbed a volley wide of the near post from an in-swinging corner kick on 12 minutes as the Iron continued to dominate.

Marcus Maddison saw a powerful effort from distance fly over the crossbar after Posh worked their way out of a tricky defensive position with a nice piece of football involving Reed, Denton and Naismith.

Ward wasted a good chance at the back post on the half hour mark after being picked out by Maddison, but leaning back he steered his left-foot shot over the crossbar. Novak was cautioned for a crunching tackle on Denton on 37 minutes.

Ward sent a shot from the edge of the box miles over the crossbar after Toney had done well to chase a lost cause into the corner. Maddison then picked out Toney with a teasing centre but the in-form front man guided his volley wide with his right-foot.

Thomas clipped the outside of the post with a deep free kick on 47 minutes after Bennett was penalised for a foul. Toney was then cautioned by referee Ollie Yates as frustrations continued to build.

The visitors doubled their lead on 56 minutes as a poor clearance by Reed was latched upon by NOVAK who side-footed low into the bottom corner. Posh made an immediate double change with Matt Godden and George Cooper replacing Ward and Reed.

Borthwick-Jackson was cautioned for a foul on 65 minutes. Substitute Cooper saw a floated effort go wide of the upright five minutes later as Posh pressed for a first goal to set up a tense finale. However, it didn’t come and Posh succumbed to a home loss to kick-off 2019.

Posh: O’Malley, Naismith, Woodyard, Tafazolli (sub Cummings 78min), Dembele, Reed (sub Godden 60min), Ward (sub Cooper 60min), Bennett, Toney, Maddison, Denton. Unused subs: Chapman, O’Hara, Lyon, Stevens.

Scunthorpe: Alnwick, Borthwick-Jackson, Ojo, Perch, Novak, Thomas, Goode, Burgess, Sutton, McArdle, Wootton. Unused subs: Flatt, Ugbo, Dales, Lewis, El-Mhanni.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-1 Scunthorpe United
Full-time: Peterborough United 0-2 Scunthorpe United
Attendance: 6,974 (238 Scunthorpe fans)


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