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Gillingham v Posh | Match Preview

Posh head to the Priestfield on Saturday to face Gillingham.

17 October 2019

Peterborough United head to the Priestfield on Saturday to face Steve Evans’ Gillingham in Sky Bet League One.

Peterborough United make the trip to Kent on Saturday to face Gillingham in Sky Bet League One looking to build on last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Lincoln City which moved Darren Ferguson’s men into third place in the table.

The Gills, who are managed by former Posh boss Steve Evans, got a creditable point from a 0-0 draw at Portsmouth last weekend. It is the first meeting between the two sides since Evans left the football club earlier this year.

TEAM NEWS

Posh boss Darren Ferguson confirmed that right-back Nathan Thompson is available after coming through 45 minutes in the reserve team defeat to West Bromwich Albion in midweek. Louis Reed is suspended following two bookings against Lincoln so Posh will have to make an enforced change. Niall Mason, Kyle Barker and Josh Knight could all operate in the deep lying midfield position should Posh deploy the same system as in recent weeks while Alex Woodyard is another option.

Gillingham deployed a 4-5-1 system last week to nullify the threat of Portsmouth’s attacking players last weekend but are expected to be more attack-minded against Posh. Mikael Mandron is expected to lead the line.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Gillingham is a tough place to go, I always think if you come away from Priestfield with three points in your bag you will be happy. They have some good attacking players, we know that, and their record at home is pretty good. Hopefully the weather will be kind because our supporters will be in that uncovered stand behind the goal. Our home form has been good but the last three away from home have been under par with just two points from nine available,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“I expect Posh to get promotion and I hope they do. I remember what a lift reaching the Championship gave to the whole city and I hope they get back there. Of course I want to beat them first, but we are well aware how tough that could be. I watched the whole game from Wycombe over the weekend and 5-0 Posh after an hour would have been fair.

“Watching that game showed how foolish we would be to play gung-ho football on Saturday as they would pick us off with their attacking quality.

“But we will have a plan. We are playing okay, but like Posh we’ve had some frustraing results when we’ve been in front and playing well and then not won. We drew after building two-goal leads against Tranmere and Blackpool and those four extra points would have us right behind Posh,” Gills boss Steve Evans said.

TICKET NEWS

Posh had sold 350 tickets by 9am on Thursday with tickets 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 Ticket Office until 2pm on Friday. The game is not all-ticket but there is a £2 price rise on the day.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in the white kit.

MATCH OFFICIAL

The referee is Charles Breakspear

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Posh Battle To Three Points At Gillingham

Joe Ward and Mo Eisa secure three battling points at Priestfield.

19 October 2019

George Boyd in action at Gillingham Joe Dent / theposh.com
George Boyd in action at Gillingham

A stunner from Joe Ward and a penalty from Mo Eisa secured a battling 2-1 win at Gillingham.

Peterborough United put in a battling display in difficult conditions at Priestfield and thanks to a stunning strike from Joe Ward and a penalty kick from Mo Eisa, his 10th of the campaign, Darren Ferguson was able to celebrate his 400th game in charge of the club with three important points.

It was a lively start at Priestfield with both sides having chances in the opening exchanges, first Mo Eisa saw a shot blocked after good work from Ivan Toney and Siriki Dembele, before goalkeeper Christy Pym made a fine save to deny Mikael Ndjoli as Posh struggled to clear.

Brandon Hanlon headed wide from a corner kick on 27 minutes after a sustained spell of pressure from the home side, forcing numerous set-pieces by hooking balls into the channel. On 39 minutes, Posh got themselves in front and it was a stunning strike, rather out of keeping with the first half, Joe WARD taking a touch inside and then rifling a superb effort from 25-yards into the top corner giving goalkeeper Bonham no chance.

O’Keefe side-footed a volley over the top moments later after he was picked out by Byrne in space on the edge of the box. Oglivie was cautioned for a foul on Dembele on 47 minutes with Toney firing the free-kick from long-range wide of the target.

Posh doubled their lead on 51 minutes as a driven corner from Joe Ward was handled by Byrne allowing EISA to step up and coolly send the keeper the wrong way from the spot to secure his 10th goal of the campaign.

O’Connor saw a left-foot free-kick deflect over the bar on 66 minutes as the home side, buoyed by their fans behind the goal in fine voice, put a constant stream of pressure on the Posh goal. Toney had two half chances on 77 minutes, the first was deflected wide, the second header went wide of the target from the resulting corner from Ward which keeper Bonham missed.

On 79 minutes, the hosts reduced the arrears as Mason’s attempted back pass was deflected into the path of MANDRON who made no mistake curling past Pym and into the back of the net. The hosts pressed for an equaliser and clipped the bar through Marshall late on, but despite five minutes of injury time, Posh held on for three points.

Gillingham: Bonham, O’Keefe (sub Marshall 82min), Ehmer, Ogilvie, Hanlan, Ndjoli (sub Jakubiak 58min), Jones, Byrne, Lee (sub Mandron 63min), O’Connor, Tucker. Unused subs: Walsh, Hodson, Charles-Cook, Pringle.

Posh: Pym, Beevers, Eisa, Knight, Dembele (sub Butler 74min), Bennett, Toney, Blake-Tracy, Boyd, Ward (sub Kanu 90min), Mason. Unused subs: Chapman, Burrows, Barker, Woodyard, Thompson,

Half-time: Gillingham 0-1 Peterborough United
Full-time: Gillingham 1-2 Peterborough United
Attendance: 6,269 (554 Posh fans)

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