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Posh v Portsmouth | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s game with Portsmouth.

6 March 2020

Posh entertain Portsmouth at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.

Peterborough United welcome Portsmouth to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday (3pm) in Sky Bet League One action with both sides very much in the mix for promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

A win for Darren Ferguson’s men would take them above Portsmouth in the league table although with so many sides tightly bunched together in the standings, the eventual position come 5pm could be any one of five positions and that is with three points bagged.

Pompey and Posh have both enjoyed superb home form with Kenny Jackett’s men among the in-form teams in the division, winning their last league game 3-0 against Rochdale before defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday evening.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of centre back Frankie Kent due to injury but do welcome back striker Ivan Toney from suspension. Mo Eisa, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Burton, Siriki Dembele and Toney will be likely fighting for two spots in the starting line-up.

Portsmouth are without influential centre back and former Posh defender Christian Burgess after he reached 10 bookings for the season. Jack Whatmough and Paul Downing are vying for his position with Tom Naylor also an option. Ellis Harrison and John Marquis are likely to be fighting for the number nine slot with Ronan Curtis in fine personal form.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Portsmouth are managed by an experienced boss, they have good players and are in excellent form. We know it will be a difficult game, but at this stage of the season, every team you face can pose different challenges for you. We know that if we win, we go above them and that is the carrot that is dangling in front of us. It will be a good crowd, I am sure it will be a good atmosphere and we are all looking forward to the game,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“Peterborough are free-scoring, but everyone wants to be involved at this time of year, with everything we’ve got to play for. We’re chasing a place in the Championship and have a Wembley trip to look forward to and the bigger the game, the better.

"We haven’t been out-played in any game so far this season, but there are some details we have to get right on the road. We will, of course, do our homework on our opponents, show plenty of respect and try to contain them.

“But the important thing is to give them some problems, have some shots, score goals and find the right balance. We haven’t been out-played in any game so far this season, but there are some details we have to get right on the road.

“There are a few really big fixtures coming up for us and we shouldn’t be approaching them with a lack of confidence.”

TICKET NEWS

Portsmouth have sold just over 2,200 tickets and will be accommodated in the Motorpoint Stand. It is all-ticket for Portsmouth fans. Tickets in home areas are limited due to encouraging pre-sales. Tickets are available 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.

KICK IT OUT

The club will be backing the Kick it Out campaign on Saturday with the players wearing special warm-up t-shirts, a local football team walking out with the Kick it Out banner and the programme features information about the campaign.

MINUTE’S APPLAUSE

There will be a minutes’ applause ahead of kick-off in memory of Groundsman Will Whitney, who tragically passed away aged 21 recently. His family will join the players on the pitch for the applause, which will also be in recognition of Stuart Gray, a scout who worked with the first team management and Academy.

FAN ZONE

The fan zone will be open from 1pm featuring inflatables, a live performance from local World Champion dance crews from Urban Dance Academy and much more including a presence by Vodafone. The Salvation Army will be performing in the concourse of the South Stand and at half-time, local boxer Jordan Gill will be talking about his latest fight.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Ollie Yates.

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Match Reports

Pompey Beaten As Posh Continue Fine Home Form

Dan Butler and Ivan Toney netted as Posh beat Portsmouth 2-0.

7 March 2020

Ivan Toney celebrates his goal against Portsmouth by kissing a black armband in memory of Will Whitney Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ivan Toney celebrates his goal against Portsmouth by kissing a black armband in memory of Will Whitney

Posh put in a near perfect performance to defeat promotion rivals Portsmouth 2-0 at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Peterborough United moved back into the play-off positions in League One after a faultless display against promotion rivals Portsmouth at the Weston Homes Stadium with a goal in each half from Dan Butler and Ivan Toney securing all three points.

Dan Butler fired over inside the opening seven minutes after his initial free-kick was blocked as the physical presence of Ivan Toney caused problems. Jack Whatmough was cautioned for a foul on Dembele on the quarter hour mark by referee Mr Yates.

Goalkeeper Alex Bass produced a fine stop to keep out Sammie Szmodics on 23 minutes after Toney and Dembele had linked well to send the on-loan Bristol City man into a bit of space. At the other end, Christy Pym produced a sharp stop at his near post to keep out a fierce drive from Marquis following a long clearance from Bass.

McGeehan flashed a shot well wide of the target on 29 minutes after a neat interchange on the edge of the box. Posh found the breakthrough on 32 minute and what a goal it was, Siriki Dembele with some outrageous skill to beat his man, his cut back found Szmodics who saw his shot blocked but in the ensuing melee, Dan BUTLER fired home with his left-foot against his former club.

Bass produced a superb reaction save to keep out Toney from point blank range less than two minutes later after a wonderful cross from Ward had caused plenty of panic for the Pompey rear-guard. Reece Brown was cautioned for a foul by referee Mr Yates on the stroke of half-time.

Niall Mason replaced Nathan Thompson at the start of the second half with Ross McCorie replacing Whatmough for the visitors. Bass produced a fine stop to keep out a curling Toney free-kick on 51 minutes after he himself had been felled around 30-yards from goal.

Dembele was next to be denied by Bass as he made a good stop to hold onto a poked volley from the diminutive front man. Williams fired a half volley well wide on 56 minutes following a half-cleared Cannon free-kick.

Toney then fired wide at the other end with his left-foot after cutting inside the substitute McCrorie. Toney powered a header from a corner straight at the keeper on 75 minutes as Josh Knight replaced Brown in the Posh midfield.

Toney fired wide from the edge of the box before Cannon was cautioned for a foul in the build-up. Naylor was booked for a foul on Dembele right under the nose of the referee as the game entered the final 10 minutes. Szmodics then saw a low shot pushed around the post by the excellent Bass after a clinical counter attack led by Dembele.

Posh made it 2-0 on 85 minutes and what a goal it was, a huge clearance from Pym found TONEY, he had no right to even get a touch to the ball, let alone acrobatically fire it into the roof of the net with his left-foot. Raggett was cautioned in stoppage time for a foul on man of the match Ivan Toney.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Blake-Tracy, Beevers, Thompson (sub Mason 46min) , Ward, Taylor, Brown (sub Knight 74min), Szmodics (sub Boyd 87min), Dembele, Toney. Unused subs: Chapman, Eisa, Bennett, Jones.

Portsmouth: Bass, Naylor, Williams, Marquis, Curtis, Bolton, Whatmough (sub McCrorie 46min), Raggett, McGeehan (sub Hawkins 69min), Close (sub Cannon 55min), Seddon. Unused subs: MacGillivray, Brown, Pitman, Harness.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Portsmouth
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-0 Portsmouth
Attendance: 9,414 (2,197 Portsmouth fans)

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