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03 August 2019 Venue Weston Homes Stadium Attendance

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Posh v Fleetwood | Match Preview

Posh host Fleetwood Town on the opening day of the new season.

1 August 2019

Darren Ferguson’s men face Fleetwood Town at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.

Peterborough United entertain Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town on the opening day of the Sky Bet League One campaign on Saturday (3pm) with a good crowd expected at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Fleetwood have enjoyed a good summer of recruitment with Danny Andrew and Paul Coutts among the new arrivals at Highbury. Coutts was linked with a host of clubs but put pen to paper on a deal for the Cod Army while Andrew joined following a stint with Doncaster Rovers.

TEAM NEWS

Posh boss Darren Ferguson has confirmed that only Matt Godden is unavailable for the opening day. Godden has been struggling with a slight strain but is expected to be available for selection for the trip to Oxford United next week.

Marcus Maddison has trained all week and has been declared fit to play although Ferguson did hint that he might only be able to feature for an hour.

Fleetwood Town have signed experienced defender Peter Clarke and goalkeeper Matt Gilks on one-year contracts. The pair, both 37, have played 1,233 games between them, with former Oldham Athletic centre-back Clarke on 748 career appearances while ex-Lincoln City shot-stopper Gilks has played 485.

Former Blackpool and Glasgow Rangers keeper Gilks has also won three caps for Scotland - the last in 2013. Both could feature against Posh.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Fleetwood have recruited well during the summer, they have brought in some good players and it will be a tough game, as they are all at this level. You always get funny results on the opening day. We have watched all of their pre-season games and they seem to have settled on a formation. We will be focussing on how we can impact the game,” Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Peterborough finished last season in good vein and we know the qualities that they have. They have four players who carry a threat, along with George Boyd who I know from my time at Burnley. We believe in our goal this year. The reality is there are 46 games to go and we will take it one game at a time. There will be 23 other teams with their own ambitions, but I am excited about what is to come here," Joey Barton said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are available for Saturday’s game at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) or in person at the Weston Homes Stadium Ticket Office.

FAN ZONE

The fan zone will be open from 1pm with the ticket office open from 10am. The Ticket Collection Point will be open from 12pm. Supporters are advised to arrive early.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Robert Lewis.

 

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Match Reports

Posh Suffer Defeat On Opening Day

Posh beaten 3-1 by Fleetwood Town on the opening day.

3 August 2019

Siriki Dembele in action against Fleetwood Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Siriki Dembele in action against Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood Town take all three points at the Weston Homes Stadium after 3-1 victory over Posh.

Peterborough United were beaten on the opening day as Fleetwood Town deservedly took all three points at the Weston Homes Stadium as Darren Ferguson’s men were beaten 3-1 in front of nearly 8,000 supporters.

The deadlock was broken inside the opening ten minutes and it was the visitors who drew first blood, a towering header from Harry SOUTTAR from a corner kick finding the corner of the net. McAleney was a whisker away from doubling the lead on seven minutes after ghosting into the box, but he fired over from a tight angle.

Ivan Toney glanced a header well wide of the target from a cross from the right as Posh tried to get themselves back into the contest. However, on 12 minutes, Posh found themselves 2-0 down as a long ball forward caught Posh out and Josh MORRIS lofted the ball over Pym and into the net.

Toney headed a good Ward free-kick over the bar on 20 minutes before Pym kept out a low effort from Morris after a swift Cod Army counter attack. Cairns denied Dembele a goal on 36 minutes after a fine Posh move, the winger’s low effort kept out by the legs of the keeper.

Coutts was shown a yellow card for a foul on Dembele after a twisting run on 50 minutes as Posh tried to start the second half well. Posh made a change on the hour mark with Marcus Maddison replacing Joe Ward.

Boyd saw an effort claimed by Cairns after good work from Dembele on 63 minutes before Biggins was cautioned for a foul on Woodyard. Posh pulled a goal back on 66 minutes as a wonderful free-kick from Marcus Maddison was side-footed past Cairns by Ivan TONEY.

Coyle was booked for time wasting on 76 minutes by referee Mr Lewis. The visitors got their third goal of the game on 80 minutes as former Posh defender Danny ANDREW curled a superb free-kick around the wall and past Pym.

Toney clipped a free-kick over the bar as the game moved into five minutes of added time.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Woodyard, Beevers, Kent, Eisa, Dembele, Toney, Boyd, Ward (sub Maddison 59min), Mason. Unused subs: Chapman, Naismith, Reed, Blake-Tracy, Tasdemir, Kanu.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Coyle, Andrew, Clarke, Souttar, Burns, McAleny (sub Madden 69min), Morris (sub Hunter 74min), Coutts (sub Sowerby 83min), Rossiter, Biggins. Unused subs: Crellin, Eastham, Saunders, Rydel.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-2 Fleetwood Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-3 Fleetwood Town
Attendance: 7,958 (115 Fleetwood fans)

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