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Lincoln v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to the first Posh game of 2020.

31 December 2019

Lincoln City v Posh
Lincoln City v Posh

Posh head to Sincil Bank to face Lincoln City on New Year’s Day.

Peterborough United kick off the new decade with a trip to Sincil Bank on New Year’s Day (3pm) with Michael Appleton’s Lincoln City providing the opposition as Darren Ferguson’s men look to bounce back following a disappointing Christmas period.

Posh were beaten 4-0 at Rotherham United last time out with a 3-0 home reverse at Doncaster Rovers a couple of days earlier. The Imps will go into the game full of confidence after a thumping 5-3 victory over promotion contenders Ipswich Town.


Posh welcome back Marcus Maddison from a hamstring injury for the clash at Sincil Bank, an injury that ruled him out of the loss at Rotherham. Siriki Dembele trained on New Year’s Eve and has been added to the squad following a prolonged period out of the side with a hand injury.

Serhat Tasdemir, Frazer Blake-Tracy, Nathan Thompson, Josh Knight and Idris Kanu have been ruled out while centre back Frankie Kent is suspended following his red card at the New York Stadium. The Imps have been without captain Jason Shackell after he limped out of their 2-0 victory over Burton Albion, but Appleton is hopeful he is back in contention for tomorrow's game. Bruno Andrade is still out through injury.


“Lincoln had a good win over Ipswich. It was a bit out of sync with their results in as much as there hasn’t been too many goals in wins or defeats. They are a dangerous side, we need to respond from the last performance against Rotherham. It is a bit of a local derby, we will be backed by 1,700 supporters and we owe them a performance. We will be ready,” Darren Ferguson said.


“They’ve got quality in a lot of areas and if they aren’t the top goal scorers in the league, they’re still up there in the top two or three and there’s a reason for that. I think that they’ve got quality all over the pitch.

"We’re aware of that and down at their place I thought we played very well up until the 75 minute mark and probably lost our impetus when they scored the first goal,” Imps boss Michael Appleton said.


The game is sold out for Posh fans. The full allocation of 1,700 have been snapped up. There are no tickets available on the day.


The match referee is Christopher Sarginson.

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Last Gasp Free-Kick Condemns Posh To Defeat

Posh start the new decade with defeat at LNER Stadium.

1 January 2020

Marcus Maddison in action against Lincoln City Joe Dent /
Marcus Maddison in action against Lincoln City

“A moment of madness” from Siriki Dembele, a red card within a minute of his introduction as a substitute costs Posh at LNER Stadium.

Peterborough United suffered a 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City as a moment of indiscipline from substitute Siriki Dembele, where he was shown a red card for a headbutt with a minute of his introduction, swung the game in the favour of the hosts.

Posh felt they should have been awarded a spot-kick on 10 minutes as Boyd appeared to be shoved in the back following an aerial challenge by Bolger. Reed then sent a pile-driver from distance over the crossbar as the hosts struggled to clear a ball back into the penalty area.

Grant side-footed wide on the volley from a swift Imps counter-attack on 24 minutes. Posh opened the scoring on 27 minutes and it was a fine goal from Ivan TONEY, curling home past a flat-footed keeper for his 16th goal in all competitions this season.

Mason was cautioned for a shirt tug on 36 minutes by referee Mr Sarginson in the centre circle. Goalkeeper Pym produced a fine stop from close-range to keep out Walker on 40 minutes before doing well from the resulting corner to punch clear under pressure.

Morrell cracked a volley wide from 30-yards for Michael Appleton’s men three minutes before the half-time interval. Boyd was booked for handball on the stroke of half-time with two minutes added by the fourth official.

Lincoln made a change at the break with Jack Payne replacing Michael O’Connor. Maddison tested Vickers from long-range on 53 minutes which the keeper did well to hold. Woodyard was cautioned on 56 minutes before Posh made their first change with Joe Ward replacing Boyd.

Maddison was denied by Vickers on the hour mark after a strong run from his own half after being picked out in space by Ward. The home side drew themselves level on 67 minutes as a deflected shot from WALKER looped up over Pym and in via the underside of the crossbar.

Lincoln had the ball in the net again as a looping cross from Payne caused havoc but the offside flag was raised. Posh were reduced to 10-men on 72 minutes as substitute Dembele, only on the pitch for a matter of minutes, was shown a straight red card for a crazy headbutt.

Bolger was cautioned for a foul on Maddison while Pym did well keep out a skidding Payne shot. The home side were a whisker away from going ahead when Toffolo ghosted in at the back post but his effort struck the far post before Beevers cleared.

Pym produced another tremendous header from Anderson on 88 minutes as Posh were penned back. On 89 minutes, the Imps got the goal, GRANT with a superb free-kick over the wall after Maddison had been penalised for a free-kick 25-yards from goal.

Butler was cautioned in stoppage time for a foul as Posh ended the game in frustration.

Lincoln: Vickers, Toffolo, Bostwick, Bolger, Eardley, Morrell, O’Connor (sub Payne 46min), Anderson, Hesketh (sub Akinde 65min), Grant, Walker. Unused subs: Smith, Shackell, Chapman, Connolly, Melbourne.

Posh: Pym, Beevers, Bennett, Mason, Butler, Reed, Woodyard, Boyd (sub Ward 62min), Maddison, Eisa (sub Dembele 68min), Toney. Unused subs: O’Malley, Copping, Burrows, Barker, Cartwright.

Half-time: Lincoln City 0-1 Peterborough United
Full-time: Lincoln City 2-1 Peterborough United
Attendance: 10,025 (1,740 Posh fans)

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