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Posh v Sunderland | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s fixture with Sunderland.

30 August 2019

Posh host Sunderland at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Peterborough United entertain Sunderland at the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to make it three wins from three after victories in the past seven days at Southend United and Milton Keynes Dons.

The Black Cats arrive in even better form with five wins in a row in all competitions including a 3-1 success at Premier League side Burnley on Wednesday night in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Sunderland did make seven changes for that fixture, but the squad will arrive in Cambridgeshire in good spirits.

TEAM NEWS

Posh have no fresh injury worries to contend with ahead of the game with boss Darren Ferguson tempted to name the same starting line-up that has tasted success away from home in the last week. Nathan Thompson is nearing full fitness after joining as a free agent a few weeks back. He could feature in the Leasing.com Trophy tie at Northampton on Tuesday.

Former Posh defender Jack Baldwin was one of many changes that Sunderland made in midweek and he put in a ‘terrific’ display at the heart of the Sunderland defence against Burnley. It is unlikely he will keep his place though and he has been linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Sunderland are probably stronger this season than last and have been in good form, as have we, and I think it will be a game that will have goals in it. We need to focus on ourselves. We know it will be a good atmosphere inside the stadium with a big travelling support too and we are looking forward to that,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We understand that Peterborough pose a threat and we will have to defend well as a team. Peterborough fell away a little bit last season, but when you look at the players in the squad and how they have recruited, they will be there at the end. They have had a couple of good results. It would be a good month if we can go to Peterborough and win the game,” Sunderland boss Jack Ross said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the Weston Homes Stadium Ticket Office. Sunderland had sold around 3,000 of their 4,000 allocation at 9am on Friday. Sunderland fans have been accommodated in the Motorpoint Stand as well as the normal away area in the North Stand.

FAN ZONE

The fan zone will be open from 1pm featuring the usual inflatables, mobile bar and ticket collection point. Peter’s Burrow in the South Stand concourse will be open when the turnstiles open at 1.30pm.

BUCKET COLLECTION

The Alzheimer’s Society and the Dementia Centre in Peterborough is this weekend’s bucket collection. Please give generously.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Craig Hicks.

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Match Reports

Maddison Double Helps Posh See Off Sunderland

Sunderland beaten 3-0 by a superb Posh performance at the Weston Homes Stadium.

31 August 2019

Marcus Maddison celebrates scoring against Sunderland Joe Dent / theposh.com
Marcus Maddison celebrates scoring against Sunderland

Marcus Maddison bagged a brace in a comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland in League One action.

Marcus Maddison took his personal stats to six assists and three goals in the month of August and then declared afterwards that he is not yet at 100% fitness as Peterborough United romped to a 3-0 victory over Sunderland in front of over 10,000 supporters at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Maddison netted twice, including a superb free-kick while Josh Knight scored his first goal in a Posh shirt as Darren Ferguson’s men overcame a Sunderland side that ended proceedings with just nine men following a rather bizarre lapse in discipline.

Aidan McGeady sent an early effort over the bar for the visitors after Jack Ross’s side won the first corner kick of the contest. Mo Eisa fired over at the other end after a low cross from Josh Knight was bobbled into his path just inside the box.

Eisa was then denied by goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin after a snap-shot from just outside of the box after linking well with Boyd. Toney powered a header over the top on seven minutes after a good run and cross from Butler down the left hand side.

Posh opened the scoring on 35 minutes and it was a superb strike from Marcus MADDISON against his boyhood club, firing home an unstoppable free-kick from long-range after Mo Eisa had been felled by Ozturk.

Toney was cautioned for a foul on 50 minutes but Posh cleared the set-piece and at some pace too, some excellent counter attack football was finished off by a low drive from Josh KNIGHT past the keeper and into the bottom corner for his first goal in Posh colours.

Wyke was yellow carded for a foul on Boyd on 57 minutes after the midfielder had done superbly well to get back and help his side defend. Wyke hooked over from a corner kick on the hour mark before both sides made changes.

Posh made it 3-0 on 62 minutes and it was a move started and finished by MADDISON, his initial pass picked out Boyd and his cut-back was swept home by the Posh winger for his second goal of the day. Sunderland were reduced to 10-men on 70 minutes as Luke O’Nien was dismissed for whacking Toney. Straight red card for the defender, thoroughly deserved.

Sunderland were down to nine-men on 76 minutes as Wyke was shown a second yellow card for a needless foul on Butler. Toney was inches away from making it four but his header went wide following a teasing centre from Butler.

Leadbitter was cautioned for yet another foul, this time on Boyd before Dembele saw a shot blocked as we entered six minutes added time.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Beevers, Kent, Mason (sub Thompson 83min), Knight (sub Burrows 80min), Boyd, Maddison, Reed, Toney, Eisa (sub Dembele 62min). Subs: O’Malley, Bennett, Tasdemir, Ward.

Sunderland: McLaughlin, McLauglin, Wilis, Ozturk, Power, Wyke, McNulty (sub Flanagan 73min), Gooch (sub Grigg 62min), O’Nien, McGeady (sub Dobson 78min), Leadbitter. Unused subs: Burge, McGeouch, Flanagan, Baldwin, Embleton.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Sunderland
Full-time: Peterborough United 3-0 Sunderland
Attendance: 10,005 (3,215 Sunderland fans)

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