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Fleetwood v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to the Good Friday clash at Highbury.

1 April 2021

Posh make the long trip north to face the Cod Army on Good Friday.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action on Good Friday (3pm) after a rare midweek break with a trip to Highbury to face Simon Grayson’s in-form Fleetwood Town, who have won four of their last five fixtures.

They were without a fixture last weekend due to the international break and lost their previous fixture to Swindon Town, but with Grayson now appointed manager for the long-term, there is far more stability at the club going into the final nine games.

Posh go into the game on the back of a 7-0 victory over Accrington Stanley with Jonson Clarke-Harris taking his goal tally to 27 in all competitions (25 in the league) with a hat-trick. Sammie Szmodics also netted a brace in that win.

TEAM NEWS

There is good news on the injury front with midfielder Jack Taylor available for selection after a hamstring problem. He has trained all week and has been named in the squad travelling to the North West. Meanwhile, Siriki Dembele, who missed that win over Accrington, has also returned to training and has been declared fit.

Teenage defender Ronnie Edwards is the only player currently in the treatment room although he is set to return to training on Sunday ahead of a possible return within 7-14 days. The latest round of Covid-19 testing has returned no positive tests.

Fleetwood will be without the services of experienced defender Charlie Mulgrew, who appears to have played the final game of his loan spell after picking up an Achilles injury, which could keep him out for the rest of the campaign.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Fleetwood is always a tough place to go. Simon Grayson has not been at the club long but they have picked up some good results. They have perhaps had some time on the training ground with no fixture last weekend and a break can either be detrimental or a blessing in disguise, I am sure Simon would have appreciated the time on the training ground. We have pretty much a fully fit squad to choose from and that is a great position to be in with nine games to go,” Darren Ferguson said.

MINUTE’S SILENCE

A minute’s silence will take place before Friday’s Sky Bet League One fixture with Peterborough United following the recent passing of ‘Mrs Fleetwood’, Doreen Lofthouse.

Mrs. Lofthouse, who helped transform Fisherman’s Friend into a global brand and became one of the richest people in the UK, has passed away at the age of 91.

IFOLLOW

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KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in blue shirts, black shorts and blue socks for the game.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Benjamin Speedie.

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Match Reports

Late Clarke-Harris Free-Kick Secures Away Success

Jonson Clarke-Harris netted a late winner to secure three vital points for Posh.

2 April 2021

Joe Ward in action with Fleetwood Town's Danny Andrew Joe Dent / theposh.com
Joe Ward in action with Fleetwood Town's Danny Andrew

Posh pick up vital three points on the road with 1-0 success at Fleetwood Town.

Jonson Clarke-Harris took his goal tally to 28 in all competitions with a vital late free-kick at Highbury as Darren Ferguson’s men picked up a 1-0 victory at Fleetwood Town thanks to the front man’s left-foot finish a minute from time.

Posh made a decent start in the sunshine and could have been ahead inside the opening five minutes as a Joe Ward cross reached Jonson Clarke-Harris, he took a touch onto his left-foot but goalkeeper Alex Cairns produced a fine save from point blank range.

Kyle Vassell curled a free-kick into the wall on 12 minutes after he himself had been felled by Posh skipper Beevers 25-yards from goal. Clarke-Harris couldn’t guide a teasing Ward centre towards goal under pressure on the quarter hour mark as Posh pressed for the breakthrough.

Connolly was cautioned for a foul on Szmodics on 24 minutes as referee Benjamin Speedie produced the first card of the contest.  Garner tested Christy Pym with a well-struck left-foot shot just after the half hour mark after wriggling into space on the far side.

There was a stoppage on 40 minutes as referee Benjamin Speedie required treatment from the physiotherapist after picking up a knock. Fourth official Graham Salisbury replaced him in the middle. On the stroke of half-time, Burns missed a golden chance to give the hosts the lead, but he fired over at the back post as the ball ricocheted across the Posh box.

Darren Ferguson made a double change on the hour mark with Jack Taylor and Siriki Dembele introduced for Burrows and Brown. Pym produced a fine stop on 63 minutes to keep out a stinging drive from Rossiter.

The home side were a whisker away from breaking the deadlock as a Danny Andrew left-foot free-kick from 25-yards whistled just past the post. The hosts made a double change moments later with Callum Camps and Harvey Saunders introduced.

Andrew then clipped the top of the bar with a deflected effort on 75 minutes as Fleetwood came close to the opening goal. On 89 minutes, Posh found the breakthrough as leading scorer Jonson CLARKE-HARRIS curled a superb low free-kick into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his 28th goal in all competitions.

Butler was close to a second in stoppage time as he rifled a shot towards the top corner, Cairns doing superbly well to tip it over.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Andrew, Connolly, Burns, Rossiter, Vassell, Finlay (sub Camps 72min), Batty, Garner (sub Saunders 72min), Holgate, Hill. Unused subs: Coleman, McKay, Donacien, Biggins, Rydel.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Beevers, Thompson, Kent, Ward, Brown (sub Taylor 60min), Reed (sub Hamilton 89min) , Szmodics, Burrows (sub Dembele 60min), Clarke-Harris. Unused subs: Gyollai, Mason, Kanu, Eisa.

Half-time: Fleetwood Town 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Fleetwood Town 0-1 Peterborough United
Referee: Benjamin Speedie (sub Graham Salisbury)

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