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Posh v Portsmouth | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday's all-ticket affair.

14 September 2018

A look ahead to the eagerly awaited clash with Portsmouth can be found here.

Peterborough United entertain Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as the top two in Sky Bet League One collide in what promises to be an entertaining encounter in front of the biggest crowd of the season at the ABAX Stadium.

Both sides are unbeaten with Posh sitting top of the table after six wins from the opening seven league fixtures. Pompey have won five and drawn two of their first seven games and sit in second place in the fledgling table.

TEAM NEWS

Posh boss Steve Evans confirmed that midfielder Callum Cooke is fit and available for selection after a short spell on the sidelines due to an ankle injury. Cooke returned to full training on Thursday and is in the manager’s plans for the clash with Portsmouth. There are no other injury worries to contend with in the squad.

Andre Green will miss Pompey’s top-of-the-table clash with Peterborough. The on-loan Aston Villa winger, who was withdrawn 45 minutes into his debut against Shrewbury last Saturday, sits out the trip to the ABAX Stadium with a knee injury.

He joins Anton Walkes (groin) and Jack Whatmough (hamstring) on the sidelines, with both defenders expected to be fit for the visit of Wycombe on September 22. Also ruled out of the Posh trip is Dion Donohue. He picked up a hamstring injury when playing for the reserves against Reading in midweek.

FROM THE MANAGER

“Portsmouth are a very good side and they have an excellent fan base who I am sure will make plenty of noise at the ABAX on Saturday. If we finish above Portsmouth at the end of the season then I am sure we will be playing Championship football. Kenny Jackett is an experienced manager and his team will provide a tough test,” Steve Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Peterborough made a high amount of changes in the summer, but have hit the ground running. As Peterborough do, they move players on, but a high amount of players come in. They have gelled quickly, hit the ground running and set the standard for the division so far – particularly in terms of goalscoring. Although it will be a challenge, it’s one we’re looking forward to.

TICKET NEWS

The game is all-ticket for both Peterborough United and Portsmouth fans and a big crowd is expected at the ABAX Stadium. Pompey had sold over 2,500 tickets at 9am on Friday with home sales excellent too. Tickets can be purchased here. Supporters can also purchase tickets via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access) and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office.

FAN ZONE

Situated close to the ticket office and outside of the Posh Venue, the fan zone opens at 1pm and features the Foot-Dart board, Foot-Pool and the Princebuild Speed-Kick inflatable. Our popular face painter Hayley also returns so everyone can be sporting the blue and white colours ahead of kick-off. The mobile bar will be open and we are also pleased to confirm that Reed’s Events will be providing a DJ to get everyone in the mood for kick-off. An ice cream van will also be present.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee will be Roger East.

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Pompey End Posh Unbeaten League Start

Portsmouth record a 2-1 win.

15 September 2018

Jason Naismith in action against Portsmouth Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jason Naismith in action against Portsmouth

Posh suffer first league defeat of the season as Portsmouth run out 2-1 winners

Peterborough United suffered their first Sky Bet League One defeat of the campaign as Portsmouth moved to the top of the table with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at the ABAX Stadium in front of over 10,000 supporters.

Oliver Hawkins looped a header over the crossbar on four minutes as the visitors made a bright start to proceedings at the ABAX Stadium but both sides were struggling to hold down possession for long periods of time in the opening quarter of an hour.

Evans saw a snap-shot gathered by Chapman on 20 minutes as the visitors continued to have the most of the play in the attacking third. Jason Cummings flashed a left-foot volley wide of the target after Portsmouth failed to deal properly with a Daniel delivery.

Posh produced their best bit of football on the half hour with O’Hara, Ward and Naismith all involved, the latter’s low cross was well held by Pompey goalkeeper MacGillivray. Hawkins headed a teasing Close cross over the bar on 41 minutes.

Nathan Thompson was cautioned for a foul on Cummings on 53 minutes after the on-loan Nottingham Forest man produced a fine bit of individual skill to draw the foul. Cummings was withdrawn after picking up a knock moments later, Ivan Toney his replacement.

The visitors got themselves in front just after the hour mark after a teasing Curtis cross was powered into the bottom corner by Oli HAWKINS. Steve Evans responded by replacing O’Hara with Jamie Walker on 65 minutes. The goalscorer was booked for time wasting on 70 minutes after rolling the ball away from Daniel who was waiting to take a free-kick.

The visitors doubled the score-line on 74 minutes as LOWE side-footed home from close-range after Posh failed to deal with a ball into the box. Daniel was cautioned for dissent on 76 minutes as the frustrations in the home ranks grew.

Toney headed a Maddison free-kick wide of the target on 80 minutes as Burgess was cautioned for dissent following Close into the book. Hawkins volleyed wide from the penalty spot as Portsmouth threatened a third goal.

Naismith fired wide of the near post with his right-foot on 84 minutes after a deep Daniel cross. Matt GODDEN scored his 8th goal of the season deep into stoppage time collecting a pass from Ivan Toney and lifting a superb left-footed effort into the corner.

Dembele saw a late volley gathered by the keeper as Posh laid siege on the Pompey goal without further success.

Posh: Chapman, Naismith, Daniel, Woodyard, Tafazolli, O’Hara (sub Walker 65min), Godden, Dembele, Ward (sub Maddison 71min), Bennett, Cummings (sub Toney 58min). Unused subs: Tyler, Reed, Cooper, Yorwerth, Maddison.

Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Brown, Clarke, Burgess, Naylor, Hawkins, Lowe, Curtis (sub Haunstrup 88min), Thompson, Evans, Close (sub B. Thompson 85min). Unused subs: McGee, Rose, Pitman, Mason, Wheeler.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 Portsmouth
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-2 Portsmouth
Attendance: 10,472 (2,513 Portsmouth fans)

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