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Posh v Oxford United | Match Preview

Posh host Oxford United at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.

7 February 2020

In-form Posh welcome Karl Robinson’s Oxford side to the Weston Homes Stadium this weekend.

Peterborough United entertain Oxford United in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) at the Weston Homes Stadium with Darren Ferguson’s men currently sitting third in the league table ahead of the weekend fixtures.

Oxford were in Emirates FA Cup replay against Newcastle United on Tuesday evening and have games in hand on a number of sides above them in the table, sitting just outside the play-off positions at present.

TEAM NEWS

Posh have no fresh injury worries to contend with and could name an unchanged line-up once again, however boss Darren Ferguson did hint in the pre-match press conference that he has scope to freshen his unit up against of the clash with the U’s.

Idris Kanu remains sidelined but is nearing full fitness while the precautionary substitutions of Joe Ward and Nathan Thompson at Portman Road last weekend have meant the pair are ready and available for selection.

Oxford loanee Marcus Browne was forced off in the replay against Newcastle but should recover in time to play while Matty Taylor is pushing for a start. Oxford have a number of long-term injury absentees.

FROM THE GAFFER

“This is the start of a really important week with three games and nine points to play for and we go into it on the back of four successive wins. The players are looking physically fit, mentally ready and in a good place so we are looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead of us. We faced Oxford twice in the early part of the campaign but both teams have changed personnel and shape since then so it will be a different kind of game,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Peterborough are a very good side. They have a strong model for how they run the club and they develop young players and try to play good football too so it should be a good game. But we have 17 games left now and over the next few weeks we have to play Peterborough, Burton, Sunderland and Ipswich- all of them are in and around it and it is so important for us to keep our foot down and try and take points off the clubs around us, hopefully starting on Saturday,” Oxford first team coach Derek Fazackerly said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale 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. Oxford have sold just under 700 tickets for the game.

HEADS UP

Like clubs up and down the country, the Peterborough United players will be wearing special Heads Up warm-up t-shirts. Over the past two seasons, the EFL has joined forces with Mind, the mental health charity, to help improve football’s approach to mental health and raise awareness around the country.

Now, for two weekends in February, every football team from across the Premier League, English Football League, The National League, The Barclays FA Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Championship and The FA Women’s National League will dedicate their matches to Heads Up, a partnership between The FA and Heads Together.

FAN ZONE

The Posh fan zone will be open from 1pm (weather permitting) with the Salvation Army also performing in the concourse of the South Stand.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Andy Haines.

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Match Reports

Toney At The Double In Impressive Posh Victory

10-man Posh thump Oxford United 4-0 at the Weston Homes Stadium.

8 February 2020

Ivan Toney scores against Oxford United Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ivan Toney scores against Oxford United

Ivan Toney netted twice as Posh made it eight goals in two games with a thumping 4-0 victory over Oxford United.

Desire. Intensity. Quality. Three words that aptly describe the performance from Darren Ferguson’s men against Oxford United. Four goals (that is eight in two games) and a resolute defensive display despite playing for over 40 minutes with 10-men made it five wins from five for Peterborough United as Karl Robinson’s Oxford United were put to the sword.

Reece Brown sent a speculative effort from 30-yards just past the upright on four minutes as Posh tried to assert themselves on the contest in the early exchanges. Ivan Toney cracked a free-kick into the wall on 20 minutes after Taylor was felled following a good tackle.

Posh were forced into a change on 28 minutes with Kent limping out of the action to be replaced by Niall Mason. From a free-kick, Marcus Browne whipped a free-kick over the wall but past the upright and wide of the target.

At the other end, goalkeeper Eastwood did well to beat away an effort from Sam Szmodics after he linked well with Dembele and Toney. Dembele then sent a volley wide of the target after latching onto a loose ball.

On 35 minutes, Posh opened the scoring as Toney fed Szmodics and he picked his moment to play through Siriki DEMBELE and he took his time before slotting the ball past the advancing goalkeeper to give Darren Ferguson’s men the lead.

On 43 minutes, Posh should have doubled their lead, Ward’s cross picked out Dembele, he took a touch and fired goal-wards but a retreating Dickie kept it out, Szmodics was on the scene to head the loose ball back at goal but Ruffels was there to clear before Butler’s effort was hacked clear by another defender.

Thompson was cautioned for a foul by Mr Haines moments later. Long did superbly well to block Dembele’s path to goal at the back post in first half injury time after another low centre from Szmodics had caused panic.

Keeper Eastwood did well to keep out a low drive from Toney on 47 minutes after good work from Dembele and Szmodics to create the opportunity. Posh doubled the lead on 56 minutes and it was a superb sweeping move from one end of the pitch to the other featuring a back heel from Taylor, a superb burst from Butler, a perfect cross from Szmodics and a sliding Ivan TONEY did the rest at the back post.

On 62 minutes, Posh were reduced to 10-men as Thompson was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Taylor. Posh made a double change moments later with Josh Knight and Rhys Bennett introduced for Dembele and Brown. Mousinho was cautioned for hauling down Toney on the edge of the box on 76 minutes.

Posh made it 3-0 moments later as a free-kick from Butler was converted at the near post by TONEY who’s shot left the keeper no chance. Keeper Pym did well to hold a Browne effort before substitute Holland blazed over after good work from fellow substitute Jamie Mackie.

Pym, who had earlier produced heroics to keep out Browne with the offside flag raised at the time, kept out a header from Taylor showing incredible agility to fly across his goal to pluck the ball to safety. Boss Darren Ferguson was cautioned by the referee on 87 minutes.

Toney was cautioned for a foul in the first of nine minutes added time, his ninth caution of the campaign. Posh made it 4-0 five minutes into stoppage time, another superb break, Toney wins the ball in his own box, sprays a 50-yard pass to Szmodics, he flicks it inside the onrushing Josh KNIGHT, he could take it first time but fancies beating his man for fun, does, and then drills low past the keeper.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Beevers, Kent (sub Mason 28min), Szmodics, Dembele (sub Bennett 68min), Brown (sub Knight 68min), Thompson, Toney, Ward, Taylor. Unused subs: Chapman, Boyd, Eisa, Jones.

Oxford: Eastwood, Ruffels, Dickie, Gorrin (sub Kelly 67min), Brannagan, Taylor, Long, Mousinho, Henry (sub Mackie 78min), Sykes (sub Holland 67min), Browne. Unused subs: Stevens, Moore, , Thorne, Agyei.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Oxford United
Full-time: Peterborough United 4-0 Oxford United
Attendance: 8,363 (862 Oxford fans)]

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