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10 August 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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Oxford v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s trip to the Kassam Stadium.

8 August 2019

Posh travel to Oxford United in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Peterborough United make the first of two trips to the Kassam Stadium in four days on Saturday as Darren Ferguson’s men face Oxford United in Sky Bet League One action (3pm) trying to bounce back from the opening day defeat to Fleetwood Town.

The two sides will meet again on Tuesday night in the first round of the Carabao Cup, but the Posh boss refused to look any further than this weekend’s clash in the league and a first trip on the road for his charges.

A 3-1 loss to Fleetwood was a disappointing reverse while Oxford had a tinge of disappointment too as they came away from the Stadium of Light with just a point from a 1-1 draw in a game that on another day could have yielded all three points.

In fact, when you look at the U’s recruitment during the close season you can see why they are being tipped as potential play-off contenders. Although they lost attacking midfielder Gavin Whyte and Marcus Browne, they have brought in highly-rated Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn and Charlton Athletic youngster Tarique Fosu.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are likely to include on-loan Leicester City youngster Josh Knight in their squad. He was not included last weekend as he only completed the deal on the Friday at the Mick George Training Academy. There are no injury worries for manager Darren Ferguson to contend with and a number of players who didn’t feature last week participated in a 1-1 draw with Cambridge United in a friendly fixture at the training ground this week.

Oxford have been trying to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the clash with Posh with the transfer window in League One and League Two not closing until the beginning of September.

MANAGER QUOTES

“Oxford ended last season really strongly. They lost a couple of players during the summer, but they have recruited really well during the close season and brought in some really talented players. It is a big pitch at Oxford, so I expect it to be an open encounter. Myself and Karl Robinson have come up against each other a lot down the years, probably more against him than any other boss and they are always good games,” Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We’ve got a steeliness which I like and there’s a lot more to come. We’re in a big week and then we’ve got Peterborough and then it’s Blackpool, who are having a right go as well,” Oxford boss Karl Robinson said.

TICKET NEWS

At 2.30pm on Thursday, 461 tickets had been sold in advance for the game at the Kassam Stadium. Tickets will remain on sale at the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office until 2pm on Friday and at www.theposhtickets.com. Fans are able to pay on the day.

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

As like last year, Oxford produce a programme that includes a section on the opposition with Darren Ferguson penning some short notes to thank the fans for their support.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Ollie Yates

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Match Reports

Oxford Condemn Posh To Defeat

Posh suffer second successive loss as Oxford secure all three points.

10 August 2019

Marcus Maddison in action against Oxford United Joe Dent / theposh.com
Marcus Maddison in action against Oxford United

Darren Ferguson’s men beaten 1-0 by Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Peterborough United suffered a second successive defeat as Oxford United secured all three points thanks to a goal from Cameron Brannagan in the first half of the Sky Bet League One contest at the Kassam Stadium.

Marcus Maddison, who had already demonstrated his vision and passing accuracy with a superb cross-field pass on the half volley, fired a free-kick from long-range over the bar on three minutes after a foul on Siriki Dembele.

At the other end, Tarique Fosu cracked the post after twisting and turning in a tight area as this Sky Bet League One encounter started at a fast pace. The home side got their noses in front on 11 minutes and it was a cracking strike on the volley from Cameron BRANNAGAN who saw his effort fly past Pym and into the bottom corner.

Brannagan was cautioned for a bad foul on Butler on the quarter hour mark as Oxford nearly caught Posh on the counter attack. Boyd followed Brannagan into the book following an off the ball body-check. Maddison curled a free-kick wide of the target on 27 minutes after he himself had been felled after a mazy dribble.

Woodburn fired wide of the near post with a snap-shot moments later as Posh failed to clear the swirling ball forward. Kent was cautioned on 43 minutes for a foul as the first half drew to a close with Posh second best.

On the stroke of half-time, two corners from Maddison caused plenty of panic in the home defence with Cadden and then Henry both heading into the side-netting at the near post before the referee brought an end to the first half.

Posh made a double change at the break with Josh Knight and Frazer Blake-Tracy replacing Mo Eisa and Dan Butler. Maddison saw a swerving effort tipped over by Eastwood on 49 minutes as Posh made a lively start to the second period. Boyd fired over with a right-foot half volley after Maddison’s corner was only half cleared moments later.

Pym did well to get his fingertips to a cross-shot from Woodburn at the other end. Gorrin was cautioned or a foul on Dembele on 55 minutes. Maddison fired over from distance after a patient Posh move with Boyd, now deployed further forward, more of a menace.

The home side, rather against the run of play, should have doubled their lead on 69 minutes as Henry cracked an effort against the crossbar with Woodburn firing a presentable rebound over the bar from a suspiciously offside position.

Woodburn was denied by Pym on 77 minutes before the on-loan Liverpool man curled well wide of the target from 30-yards. Niall Mason warmed the gloves of Eastwood on 80 minutes, the keeper grabbing the ball at the second attempt.

Oxford: Eastwood, Cadden, Ruffels, Dickie, Gorrin, Brannagan (sub Hanson 60min), Woodburn (sub Hall 87min), Fosu (sub Forde 87min), Mousinho, Henry, Mackie. Unused subs: Stevens, Moore, Long, Napa.

Posh: Pym, Butler (sub Blake-Tracy 46min), Woodyard (sub Reed 70min), Beevers, Kent, Eisa (sub Knight 46min), Dembele, Maddison, Toney, Boyd, Mason. Unused subs: Chapman,Ward, Kanu, Naismith.

Half-time: Oxford United 1-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Oxford United 1-0 Peterborough United
Attendance: 6,959 (744 Posh fans)

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