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21 December 2019 Venue Memorial Stadium Attendance

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Bristol Rovers v Posh | Match Preview

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

20 December 2019

Posh make the long journey to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Peterborough United travel to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday (3pm) and with both sides just outside of the automatic promotion places in the league table it promises to be an absorbing encounter.

Posh go into the contest on the back of a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers while the Pirates have had an interesting week to say the least. A hugely impressive 2-1 win at Ipswich Town was followed by the news that manager Graham Coughlan wanted to leave the club.

Less than 48 hours later and he had been appointed as boss of League Two side Mansfield Town. An FA Cup second round replay at Plymouth Argyle was on the agenda on Tuesday evening and a professional display earned a 1-0 victory under the caretaker stewardship of Joe Dunne.

Less than 48 hours later and Dunne himself was subject of an approach from Mansfield Town. Rovers have yet to confirm who will be in the dugout for the clash with Posh, but despite all of that, it is their displays on the pitch that count and Rovers are in superb form.

TEAM NEWS

Posh have a host if injury worries to contend with ahead of the fixture with Siriki Dembele, Nathan Thompson, Josh Knight, George Boyd and Frazer Blake-Tracy all ruled out although Boyd and Blake-Tracy have yet to be ruled out of the Boxing Day fixture with Doncaster Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Bristol Rovers are waiting on the fitness of striker Jonson Clarke-Harris who has been missing in recent weeks due to injury. The former Posh front man is the club’s leading goalscorer. Tom Nichols, another former Posh man, could lead the line.

FROM THE GAFFER

“The departure of their manager shouldn’t have too much of an impact on them in the short term because the majority of the coaching staff remain. They are well drilled, organised and very hard to beat, particularly at home so it will be a tough place to go, as it always is. We have to concentrate on how we can impact the game,” Darren Ferguson said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale until 2pm on Friday 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 Box Office. The game is not all-ticket. Posh had sold 215 tickets in advance.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in the away kit for this game.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is John Busby.

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Match Reports

Posh Pick Up Point At Memorial Stadium

Injury-hit Posh pick up a point at Bristol Rovers.

21 December 2019

Mo Eisa in action against Bristol Rovers Joe Dent / theposh.com
Mo Eisa in action against Bristol Rovers

Posh drew 0-0 at Bristol Rovers in an entertaining encounter at the Memorial Stadium in Sky Bet League One action.

Peterborough United moved into the automatic promotion places with a 0-0 draw at fourth-placed Bristol Rovers and on another day, the injury-hit Posh side could have come away with all three points after seeing Mo Eisa’s close-range finish chalked off for offside.

Marcus Maddison made a bright start to the game, a number of teasing crosses caused a bit of panic for the Gas before his low strike from an acute angle went wide of the target. Posh had the ball in the net on 13 minutes as goalkeeper Jaakkola spilled a skidding Ward shot into the path of Eisa who tapped home, but the offside flag cut short any celebrations.

Sercombe whistled a shot over the bar on the half hour mark from a tight angle after a turnover of possession in midfield gave the Pirates an opportunity from long-range. Menaeyse produced a fine last ditch tackle to prevent Toney tapping in a driven Eisa cross on 33 minutes as Posh came close to the breakthrough.

Woodyard and Reed both saw shots blocked while a Maddison cross was parried by the keeper as Posh ended the first half dominating the ball. Butler was cautioned for a body check a minute into the second half by referee Mr Busby.

Kent produced a fine block to deny Upson before Kilgour was booked for a foul on Toney on the counter-attack. Pym was well placed to keep out a low strike from Upson on 54 minutes before Clarke’s curler was similarly dealt with by the Posh shot-stopper.

Jaakkola produced a stunning save to keep out Eisa on 59 minutes as the striker took a fine first touch and unleashed a fierce effort which was heading for the corner before the keeper’s intervention.

Jonson Clarke-Harris came on for Smith on 65 minutes and with his first kick, drilled a powerful free-kick into the wall. Toney planted a header wide moments later following a hanging Reed corner kick. Clarke-Harris sent another long-range free-kick wide on 70 minutes.

Maddison fired a 25-yard shot inches past the post three minutes later after an intelligent pass from midfielder Woodyard. Craig was cautioned for a foul on the rapid Jones as the game moved into the final 10 minutes.

Ward curled a free-kick miles over the top on 82 minutes. A Ward cross was stabbed goalwards by Jones moments later, but keeper Jaakkola kept it out at his near post. Reed then lashed a shot over after intelligent play from Jones.

Pym produced a fine stop with his body to keep out Clarke on the 90 minute mark as Posh transpired to gift possession to the home side.

Bristol Rovers: Jakkola, Craig, Upson, Sercombe, Clarke, Leahy, Nichols (sub Adeboyejo 82min), Kilgour, Smith (sub Clarke-Harris 65min), Menaeyse, Rodman. Unused subs: Stappershoef, Kelly, Bennett, Tomlinson, , Hargreaves.

Posh: Pym, Mason, Kent, Bennett, Butler, Ward, Woodyard, Reed, Maddison (sub Tasdemir 90min), Eisa (sub Jones 67min), Toney. Unused subs: O’Malley, Copping, Cartwright, Tasdemir, Burrows, Barker.

Half-time: Bristol Rovers 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Bristol Rovers 0-0 Peterborough United
Attendance: 8,030 (352 Posh fans)

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