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Posh v Luton | Match Preview

A look ahead to Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy tie.

12 November 2018

Posh face the Hatters knowing a victory is vital for progression in the competition.

Peterborough United entertain Luton Town at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) in the final group game of the Checkatrade Trophy knowing that a victory should secure progress into the knockout phases of the competition, providing the margin of victory is more than the potential winners of the other group game.

Posh remain unbeaten in the competition but have come out on the wrong end of penalty shoot outs against Milton Keynes Dons and Brighton and Hove Albion under 21s while the Hatters are already through after two wins.

TEAM NEWS

Posh boss Steve Evans has confirmed he will make changes to his starting line-up with goalkeeper Conor O’Malley in line for a start between the sticks. Evans has hinted that he may call-up a number of under 18s to his squad following their progress in the FA Youth Cup against the same opposition and a 1-0 win at Gillingham on Saturday.

With the Hatters already through, they are sure to rest some of their key men for the contest but they still have plenty of strength in depth at Kenilworth Road. Defender Jack Senior has definitely been ruled out. The 21-year-old has played both of Town’s group stage matches so far this term, while has appeared in 13 out of the 14 matches Luton have played in this competition since it switched sponsors from Johnstone’s Paint at the start of the 2016-17 season.

Danny Hylton is suspended while Frankie Musonda is unable to feature as part of his loan deal. Luke Berry and Dan Potts could be given some game time.

MANAGER QUOTES

“We will make changes to the side that faced Bromley and get some players some game-time and we may look to give some of the younger players an opportunity. However, we are taking the competition seriously, we want to progress and we will do our best to get the victory that we need,” Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Berry and Potts are both in full training, so eligible and if they’re right up to it, then yes (they’ll play). But we won’t bring them in because this is a different kind of game to a league game, we won’t just put them in because it is one of those games,” Luton boss Nathan Jones said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are available for just £5 for adults and £1 for U18's and are available 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. The Weston Homes London Road Terrace and the Motorpoint Stand are closed for this fixture.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Andy Woolmer.

COMPETITION RULES

If the game is level at the end of 90 minutes, the tie will go straight to penalty kicks.

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Posh Progress In Checkatrade Trophy

Posh move into knockout stages.

13 November 2018

Ivan Toney celebrates his goal with team-mates Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ivan Toney celebrates his goal with team-mates

Posh are into the draw for the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy which takes place at 1pm on Friday

Peterborough United moved into the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Luton Town at the ABAX Stadium with Colin Daniel and Ivan Toney the goal-scorers, Daniel netting his first goal in Posh colours.

Arthur Read tested Conor O’Malley in the first five minutes of the game but the Irish shot-stopper made a routine stop. Maddison fired wide at the other end after a good pass into his feet by Sebastien Bassong as Posh tried to push for the breakthrough in this Checkatrade Trophy final group stage fixture.

The deadlock was broken on 19 minutes as superb wing play from Marcus Maddison created a chance for left-back Colin DANIEL who made no mistake, sweeping home on his right-foot for his first goal in Posh colours.

Dembele fired over from 30-yards with his left-foot as Posh pushed for a second goal as a raking Maddison pass was only half cleared. Walker fired into the side-netting on 24 minutes after a wonderful run and pass from Maddison.

Maddison was denied his first goal of the season by a good stop from Stech on 29 minutes after the winger let fly from 30-yards. Posh doubled their lead in fine style on 35 minutes as Ivan TONEY curled home a superb free-kick over the wall and past the despairing dive of Stech.

Toney nearly eclipsed his opening goal on 38 minutes as he caught a driven Reed corner kick well on the volley, but unfortunately the former Newcastle man saw his effort fly over the crossbar. Cooke fired over moments after the re-start with a crisp strike from 30-yards which had Stech scrambling.

Daniel was cautioned for a foul on 50 minutes by referee Mr Woolmer. McCormack followed him into the book for a foul on Dembele three minutes later. Cornick sliced a shot wide of the target moments later after Dembele’s low free-kick struck the wall.

O’Malley made a fine stop to keep out a low Lua Lua effort on 57 minutes, pushing the fierce drive away from danger as well as keeping it out of the back of the net. The Irishman was at it again moments later, as Grant let fly as the Hatters sensed a way back into the cup tie.

Alan Sheehan wasted a golden opportunity to head the visitors back into the game, his free header going wide of the target following a deep cross. The visitors pulled a goal back on 73 minutes as an overhit cross from PEARSON was fumbled on the stretch by O’Malley and dropped over the line and into the net.

O’Malley did well moments later to beat a shot from James away from danger as the Hatters pressed. Steve Evans made his first change moments later with Isaac Buckley-Ricketts replacing Dembele. Mark O’Hara replaced Cooke on 82 minutes as the game moved into the final stages. 

Posh: O’Malley, Daniel, Walker, Dembele (sub Buckley-Ricketts 76min), Reed, Cooke (sub O’Hara 82min), Bennett, Toney, Maddison, Lyon, Bassong. Unused subs: Chapman, Naismith, Godden, Cooper, Cummings.

Luton: Stech, McCormack, Pearson, Cornick (sub Neufville 87min), Grant, Lua Lua, Jarvis, L. James, J. James, Read (sub Justin 83min), Sheehan. Unused subs: Isted, Bradley, Stacey, Rea, Mpanzu.

Half-time: Peterborough United 2-0 Luton Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-1 Luton Town
Attendance: 2,017 (254 away)

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