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Southend v Posh | Match Preview

Posh head to Roots Hall this weekend.

7 September 2018

We look ahead to Saturday's game at Roots Hall.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action this weekend with a trip to Roots Hall to face Southend United (3pm) and manager Steve Evan’ has been given a few selection headaches ahead of the contest following the second half comeback against Milton Keynes Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.

The Shrimpers have a number of injury worries and suspension issues to deal with ahead of the league fixture but manager Chris Powell still has plenty of talent at his disposal. They were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic in their last league outing.


Posh will be without the services of midfielder Callum Cooke who suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday night. He is expected to be out between seven and 10 days with the injury not as bad as first feared.

Southend are without suspended goalkeeper Mark Oxley and midfielder Michael Kightly. Blues will also be without the injured Luke Hyam (ankle), Rob Kiernan (knees), Dru Yearwood (hamstring), Ted Smith (shoulder), Sam Barratt (knee) and Harry Lennon (fractured toe).

Jason Demetriou and Harry Kyprianou are both on international duty with Cyprus, while Sam Mantom is not fully fit.  Timothee Dieng - who is close to returning from a calf problem - is now also struggling with a sickness bug.


“Southend is always a tough game particularly at Roots Hall. It is a compact Stadium that has the supporters close to the action and I like that. Chris Powell is an excellent coach, a good guy and he will have his side well organised and ready. I think we probably have the toughest game of the top sides on paper this weekend,” Steve Evans said.


“At the moment we’re going through some choppy waters but that’s fine.  We don’t have a fully fit squad.  We have suspensions, injuries and players away on international duty now too so it’s a tough time but we will get through it.  We’re in choppy waters but we will sail through it and get through the other side. It’s a bit rocky but I know we’ll get through it together and get to where I plan. Football changes very quickly and we’ve seen that already this season,” Powell said.


Over 565 tickets had been sold by 9am on Friday with tickets on sale until 2pm on Friday 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.


Posh will be in the white away kit.


The match referee is Kevin Johnson.

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Toney Nets Winner For Posh

Ivan Toney the match winner for Posh.

8 September 2018

Ivan Toney celebrates scoring the winning goal at Southend Joe Dent /
Ivan Toney celebrates scoring the winning goal at Southend

Ivan Toney scored the winner four minutes from time to earn Posh a 3-2 success at Roots Hall.

Peterborough United chalked up their first win at Roots Hall since 1999 with a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Southend United, Ivan Toney netting his first Posh goal four minutes from time after the home side had fought back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2.

The home side made a lively start with Simon Cox seeing an early deflected effort gathered by Aaron Chapman who also showed good skill to flick the ball over the advancing striker and clear on the volley moments later.

Jason Cummings, fresh from being named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month, guided an effort wide of the near post on his right-foot on six minutes after linking well with his strike partner Matt Godden.

Chapman produced a decent stop to parry a McLoughlin free-kick away from danger after Bennett was penalised for a push on Hopper. The deadlock was broken on 32 minutes as a free-kick from Dembele was chested by Cummings into the path of GODDEN who fired home past Stockdale at his near post.

Chapman was well placed to fist away a fierce Dieng volley on 39 minutes as Posh only half cleared a free-kick from Coker. Dieng saw a diving header acrobatically tipped over the bar by Chapman moments later as the Shrimpers pressed. One minute of added time was indicated by the fourth official, but Posh saw that out comfortably.

Walker clipped the top of the crossbar with a superb free-kick from 30-yards on 46 minutes after Dembele had been felled following a strong run. Walker was then cautioned for a foul on 49 minutes on Coker. Marcus Maddison replaced Walker on 54 minutes and moments later it was his free-kick that caused panic, Ryan Tafazolli should have probably scored but it turned into an assist for GODDEN who buried the chance into the roof of the net.

The home side immediately reduced the arrears as a long clearance from Stockdale was kept in play against the odds by Cox who picked out Coker, his low cross was turned in via the inside of the post by HOPPER. Cox then blazed over on 64 minutes after good work down the right as Posh struggled to contain the hosts.

Chapman did well to parry a fierce Bunn effort on 66 minutes before Bennett missed his clearance only to be helped out by Tafazolli behind him who cleared. Chapman denied a looping Hopper header as Ivan Toney replaced Cummings.

The home side levelled the scores deservedly on 76 minutes as Stephen McLAUGHLIN fired home from 10-yards as Bunn picked him out in the box. Joe Ward replaced Dembele for the final quarter as Posh boss Steve Evans tried to sure up his back-line.

Maddison saw a deflected effort clip the top of the crossbar on 84 minutes, the second time Posh have struck the woodwork in this contest. Toney curled a free-kick wide of the near post moments later after Maddison was felled.

On 87 minutes, Posh nudged themselves back ahead in the contest and it was a first goal in Posh colours for Ivan TONEY, the substitute finishing off a flowing Posh move with Joe Ward the creator. Dieng headed a late corner kick wide after Chapman had initially palmed the ball away from danger.

Southend: Stockdale, Bwomono, Coker, Turner, Dieng, Hopper, Cox (sub Robinson 82min), McLaughlin (sub McCoulsky 87min), Mantom, Bunn, White. Unused subs: Bishop, Klass, Moore, Hendri, Batlowka.

Posh: Chapman, Naismith, Daniel. Bennett, Tafazolli, Woodyard, Walker (sub Maddison 54min), O’Hara, Dembele (sub Ward 76min), Cummings (sub Toney 70min), Godden. Unused subs: Tyler, Reed, Cooper, Yorwerth.

Half-time: Southend United 0-1 Peterborough United
Full-time: Southend United 2-3 Peterborough United
Attendance: 6,551 (819 Posh fans)



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