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Posh v Bradford | Match Preview

Bradford next up for Posh.

15 November 2018

It is back to league action for Posh after successive victories in cup competitions this week.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon with Bradford City visiting the ABAX Stadium (3pm) as Steve Evans’ men look to make it three victories in a week in three different competitions.

Following progression in the Emirates FA Cup at Bromley and Checkatrade Trophy success against Luton Town, the Bantams will provide a chance for Posh to atone from their last league fixture, which was a 1-0 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers.

It has been a difficult campaign to date for the Bantams who are struggling at the wrong end of the League One table after parting company with one manager already. David Hopkin is currently in charge but results haven’t improved and the pressure will be on to turn the form around with a potential FA Cup third round tie at the ABAX Stadium to come in December.

TEAM NEWS

Posh have a clean bill of health on the injury front for the game with defender Ryan Tafazolli now over a slight back concern which was hampering the former Mansfield Town man in preparation for that cup tie at Bromley. Several players ‘put themselves into contention’ for a place in the starting line-up according to the Posh boss on Tuesday evening.

Bradford are expected to name former Posh defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival in their team for the clash at the ABAX. Danny Devine and Jim O’Brien could come into contention after stepping up their returns to fitness this week.

MANAGER QUOTES

“Bradford, like ourselves, made a lot of changes to their squad in the summer and they find themselves in a difficult position, which can happen. They have a lot of good players available to them though, they have played well in recent games without getting the results they probably should have got. We know that if we are not on our game, we can be beaten, as we were last time out at Wycombe,” Steve Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We know it’s going to be tough because Peterborough score goals for fun.  We need to make sure we are set up right and we’re organised.  But the players seem to raise their game when we play bigger teams in the league.  We need to make sure we go there with a proper mentality and stay in the game as long as we can,” David Hopkin said.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are on sale for the game 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. We welcome a lot of supporters through the Schools Initiative for this weekend so the club are hoping for a good crowd. The Bantams have sold over 500 tickets in advance of the game so far.

FAN ZONE

The Posh fan zone will be open from 1pm close to the ticket office at the ABAX Stadium. The Foot Darts, Foot Pool, Speed Kick machine, mobile bar and representatives from Help for Heroes will be in attendance and we have new Game Stations where supporters can play FIFA 19 on the PlayStation.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Scott Oldham.

MINUTES SILENCE

Saturday’s game is the closest league game that Posh have to Remembrance Sunday so there will be a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off to remember those who lost their lives in battle.

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Match Reports

Toney Earns Posh Point

Ivan Toney's second half strike earned Posh a point.

17 November 2018

Ivan Toney scores the equalising goal against Bradford City Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ivan Toney scores the equalising goal against Bradford City

Peterborough United draw 1-1 with Bradford City in Sky Bet League One action.

Peterborough United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against struggling Bradford City in front of just over 8,000 supporters at the ABAX Stadium with Ivan Toney scoring a second half equaliser following a clever Marcus Maddison pass.

The visitors enjoyed some notable chances in the opening exchanges with goalkeeper Aaron Chapman producing a fine stop with his legs to deny Jack Payne. The Bantams soon had the lead as Anthony O’CONNOR squeezed a shot into the back of the net from a tight angle as Posh failed to clear.

Hope Akpan was cautioned for a foul on 21 minutes by referee Scott Oldham as Jamie Walker reached for his notebook for the first time in the contest. Caddis followed him into the book with a terribly late challenge on Tyler Denton.

Louis Reed sent an ambitious 30-yard volley wide of the target after a Maddison corner was only half cleared by the deep Bantams rear-guard. Two minutes of added time was indicated at the end of the first half as Posh continued to probe for the leveller.

Posh made a double change at the break with Siriki Dembele and Ivan Toney replacing Walker and Naismith. Reed was cautioned for a foul as the visitors broke at pace on 52 minutes and then O’Brien was cautioned for the visitors for a trip on Woodyard.

Posh got themselves level just after the hour mark after a fine pass from Maddison was superbly finished by Ivan TONEY with his crisp finish leaving O’Donnell helpless. The visitors immediately made a change with Jim O’Brien replacing Akpan.

Posh pushed and pressed for a winning goal as the game moved into stoppage time, but a combination of poor crosses a lack of a killing instinct prevented one point being turned into three at the ABAX Stadium. 

Posh: Chapman, Naismith (sub Dembele 46min), Woodyard, Tafazolli, Walker (sub Toney 46min), Godden, Reed, Ward, Bennett, Maddison, Denton. Unused subs: Tyler, O’Hara, Dembele, Toney, Cooper, Bassong, Cummings.

Bradford: O’Donnell, Chicksen, McGowan, O’Connor, Doyle (sub Miller 69min), Payne, Akpan (sub O’Brien 62min), Knight-Percival, Caddis, O’Brien, Ball. Unused subs: Wilson, O’Brien, Wood, Devine, Isherwood, Wright.

Attendance: 8.046 (715 Bradford fans)
Half-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Bradford City
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Bradford City.

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