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Posh v Bolton Wanderers | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s game with Bolton Wanderers.

13 December 2019

Posh welcome Bolton Wanderers to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Peterborough United entertain Bolton Wanderers at the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to build on last weekend’s excellent 2-2 draw at Fratton Park against Portsmouth.

Darren Ferguson’s men currently sit in third place in the League One table with Bolton currently bottom after a host of off the field problems saw points deduction, a change of ownership and subsequently manager and a whole host of new players.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back midfielder Joe Ward from a groin injury while Marcus Maddison has recovered from an illness that has seen him miss over a week’s work of training. George Boyd has not been ruled out but Siriki Dembele (hand), Frazer Blake-Tracy (ankle) and Josh Knight (quad) have been ruled out.

Bolton are without the services of defender Jack Hobbs and midfielder Liam Bridcutt due to injury but Daryl Murphy, who has been nominated for the League One player of the month, is expected to lead the line despite off the field revelations this week.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Bolton have a lot of experienced players, players that have had promotions out of this league. They have a good manager and I firmly believe they will get out of the trouble they are. We have spoken this week about complacency, we have warned against it. Bolton are a tricky opponent, they have players who can hurt you. However, we are at home, we have been good at home and we want that to continue,” Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“I think they’ll be looking at our away form and the goals we have conceded with a big smile on their face. I have been in a lot of fights in my life and this one is a relatively enjoyable one. It is hurting us a bit – but there’s a clear vision for this football club to make it successful again.

“We have to show more fight, be braver and more courageous in our decision-making. And at times we probably have to be a bit boring as well, especially away home, why not,” Bolton boss Keith Hill said.

TICKET NEWS

Bolton have sold over 600 tickets in advance for this game. Posh fans can purchase tickets now 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.

FAN ZONE

We have the perfect way to get you in the mood for Christmas as we transform our fan zone into a Christmas wonderland. Join us from midday until kick-off for our Christmas market; have your photo taken with live reindeer; enjoy some Christmas-themed inflatable fun and if you are lucky you might get to meet Santa!

Not only that, but we will have Christmas carols performed by the Peterborough Take Note Community Choir and they are encouraging everyone to celebrate their campaign, Elf Day, by dressing to the theme! We also have some football based activities from our Posh Scholarship programme.

SCHOLARSHIP DAY

Saturday will also mark the annual Scholarship day with features in the match day programme and players participating in challenges before kick-off, during the half-time interval, and in the fan zone.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Peter Wright.

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Match Reports

Toney Header Secures Three More Points

Ivan Toney netted the winner as excellent Posh home form continues.

14 December 2019

Ivan Toney celebrates his goal against Bolton with team-mates Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ivan Toney celebrates his goal against Bolton with team-mates

Just under 7,000 supporters saw Posh retain their excellent home record with a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Peterborough United moved to within a point of the automatic promotion places after Ivan Toney’s 15th goal of the campaign secured a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Already missing quite a number of key personnel, Posh were dealt a blow within the first 15 minutes of the contest as experienced defender Nathan Thompson slipped and sustained a muscle injury leading to his withdrawal. Luke Murphy was cautioned for a foul on Tasdemir in the centre circle moments later.

Mark Beevers had a good chance to break his duck from a driven Reed corner, but his header into the ground bounced over the bar to his dismay. The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes and it was a superb header from Ivan TONEY, somehow contorting his body to head back across goal from a looping cross by Louis Reed.

Eisa was denied by keeper Matthews on 25 minutes as Bolton got themselves into a pickle at the back before the keeper smothered a shot from Toney before Emmanuel produced an important block.

Toney saw an ambitious effort from 30-yards go wide of the target on 33 minutes as Posh tried to find a second goal. Darcy sent an effort over the bar on 37 minutes after finding a bit of space as Bolton threatened at the other end.

Eisa was cautioned for a foul on 38 minutes by referee Mr Wright for intent more than connection in the tackle. Posh could and perhaps should have made it 2-0 on 39 minutes, Tasdemir skipped past his man, pulled it back for Eisa, his shot was goalbound until it hit his strike partner Toney before Bolton hacked the ball clear.

Posh came close again on 42 minutes as Beevers chested the ball into the path of Eisa, but off balance he slammed his shot against the crossbar. Toney was denied a second goal by a fine block on the line on 53 minutes by Chicksen as Posh went close again.

Bolton made a double substitution a few moments later with Thibaud Verlinden and Chris O’Grady introduced. Toney powered a header over the top on the hour mark from another driven Reed set-piece. Luke Murphy sent a diving header wide of the target on 68 minutes as Bolton came close to levelling.

Posh made a double change on 74 minutes with Ricky-Jade Jones and Marcus Maddison introduced for Eisa and Tasdemir. Dodoo fired a free-kick over the top on 78 minutes after Kent was penalised for a soft foul.

Bridcutt was cautioned for a foul on substitute Maddison on 86 minutes. Pym did well to hold a low effort from Dodoo as the game moved into three minutes of stoppage time.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Woodyard, Beevers, Kent, Reed, Eisa (sub Jones 74min) , Thompson (sub Mason 13min), Toney, Tasdemir (sub Maddison 74min), Ward. Unused subs: O’Malley, Maddison, Bennett, Barker, Burrows.

Bolton: Matthews, Emmanuel, Lowe, D. Murphy, L. Murphy, Dodoo, Chicksen, Bridcutt, Darcy (sub Verlinden 55min), Zouma (sub O’Grady 55min), Earl. Unused subs: Alexander, Wright, Boon, Senior, Graham.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
Attendance: 6,965 (606 Bolton fans)

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