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Match Preview | Posh v Sunderland

A look ahead to the Easter Monday clash with Sunderland.

4 April 2021

Posh welcome Black Cats to the Weston Homes Stadium on Easter Monday.

Peterborough United entertain third placed Sunderland in Sky Bet League One action on Easter Monday (3pm) with the eagerly-awaited fixture at the Weston Homes Stadium screened live by Sky Sports.

Both teams secured late victories on Good Friday, Jonson Clarke-Harris earning a 1-0 win for Darren Ferguson’s men at Fleetwood Town while two late goals helped the Black Cats to a feisty 3-1 success over Karl Robinson’s Oxford United at the Stadium of Light.


Midfielder Jack Taylor and attacker Siriki Dembele both came through substitute appearances fine after injuries, but defender Ronnie Edwards won’t be involved. The teenager could feature for the youth team next Saturday as he continues his rehabilitation from a muscular injury. All of the players tested negative in the latest round of Covid-19 testing conducted on Sunday.

Aidan McGeady, who turned 35 on Easter Sunday, is expected to start after a huge contribution to that win over Oxford while Charlie Wyke is the Black Cats top scorer. Sunderland have been decimated by injuries this season, particularly in the back line, but are expected to field a similar line-up to the one that beat Oxford.


“Monday’s game will not define the season, it is a big game, but there is a long way to go in the season and there will be plenty of twists and turns. It is one we can look forward too, it is at home, where we have been good, and it is live on the television. It is an exciting time of the season and I will be telling the players to relish the opportunities. Both Jack and Siriki came through fine on Good Friday,” Darren Ferguson said.


“I genuinely don’t think it’s a promotion-decider. It’s an opportunity for three points and it is the same for them. There are still so many games to play, lots of points still to play for. There is an awful lot that can and will go on between now and end of the season. Of course, if you win the game then it gives you a nudge up.

“That’s why we’ve got to keep taking our lessons from each game and we can’t have that 15-20 minute spell we had in the first half here again at Peterborough because they will capitalise on that. You’ll have seen the Peterborough pitch, it’s almost like tumbleweed in that it gets quicker when you pass the ball.

“Peterborough play that pitch really well. They’ve got good footballers who almost volley it to each other, so that will be a consideration when I select the team They have players I know well there. They’ve got threats in players like Jonson Clarke-Harris and Sammie Szmodics. I had Sammie at Bristol City. We’ll prepare as we always do, go again and prepare extremely hard to win three points for our supporters.”


Season ticket holders will be given access to watch the game as normal, but because the game is live on Sky Sports, there will be no match passes available to purchase.


The match referee is Craig Hicks.

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Match Reports

McGeady Strike Earns Visitors A Point

Aidan McGeady scored a free-kick late on to earn a point for Sunderland.

5 April 2021

Siriki Dembele in action against Sunderland Joe Dent /
Siriki Dembele in action against Sunderland

Siriki Dembele strike cancelled out by Aidan McGeady free-kick as Posh and Sunderland draw 1-1 at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Peterborough United were forced to settle for a point against Sunderland after Aidan McGeady’s late free-kick cancelled out Siriki Dembele’s opener in an entertaining Sky Bet League One fixture at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Ross Stewart sent a deflected volley wide of the target from 25-yards after linking well with strike partner Charlie Wyke on 10 minutes after a fairly quiet start to the contest in difficult blustery conditions.

Louis Reed was cautioned by the official on 16 minutes for a foul much to the frustration of team-mate Jack Taylor who looked like he was upended moments earlier. Reed tested Burge with a snap-shot from 30-yards on 27 minutes that the keeper did well to hold as Posh registered the first effort on goal in the contest.

Butler was cautioned for a foul on 37 minutes by referee Mr Hicks. A delightful cross from Burrows nearly produced an own goal from O’Nien on 41 minutes, keeper Burge doing well to keep it out at full stretch.

Posh had a decent chance to open the scoring on 47 minutes as a Ward cross was only half cleared to Szmodics, but he couldn’t keep his volley down. At the other end, Pym did well to tip a fierce drive from Wyke over the crossbar.

Aidan McGeady curled a free-kick into the side-netting on 52 minutes after Kent was penalised for a foul on Stewart. Darren Ferguson made a double change just before the hour mark with Siriki Dembele and Reece Brown replacing Burrows and Reed.

Substitute Brown curled an effort over the top after a strong run from Ward down the right hand side as Posh pressed forward. Szmodics dinked a chance wide of the target after Ward squeezed the ball through to him on the angle on 63 minutes.

Posh opened the scoring on 66 minutes as Thompson squeezed a pass through to substitute DEMBELE and he fired a left foot shot across the keeper and into the back of the net. The visitors’ boss Lee Johnson responded with a quadruple substitution.

Taylor lashed a shot over the crossbar from distance on 71 minutes after a neat back heel from Ward. Burge produced a big stop on 75 minutes to deny Szmodics after the former Bristol City man had beat the offside trap.

The visitors levelled the scores on 80 minutes as MCGEADY curled home a free kick from 25-yards after Taylor had committed a foul. Sunderland hit the post a minute from time as a clearance struck Kent and clipped the outside of the woodwork.

Posh: Pym. Butler (sub Mason 63min), Beevers, Kent, Thompson, Ward, Taylor, Reed (sub Brown 56min), Szmodics (sub Eisa 84min), Burrows (sub Dembele 58min), Clarke-Harris. Unused subs: Gyollai, Hamilton, Jones.

Sunderland: Burge, Power, Wyke, O’Nien, Sanderson, Leadbitter (sub McLoughlin 70min), McFadzean (sub Hume 70min), Winchester (sub Scowen 79min), Jones (sub Gooch 70min), Stewart (sub O’Brien 70min), McGeady. Unused subs: Matthews, Diamond.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 Sunderland
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Sunderland
Referee: Mr Hicks

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