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06 February 2021 Venue Weston Homes Stadium Attendance

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Posh V Crewe | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s clash with the Railwaymen.

5 February 2021

Posh host Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon when they entertain Crewe Alexandra at the Weston Homes Stadium (3pm) knowing that three points could lift the club into the automatic promotion places.

The Railwaymen beat Posh 2-0 at the Alexandra Stadium earlier in the season and have enjoyed an excellent first season back at this level. Posh go into the clash on the back of two defeats at the hands of Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers, the latter coming in the quarter-finals of the Papa John’s Trophy.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back central defender Frankie Kent, who has missed the last two games with concussion, but fellow defender Ronnie Edwards is out for up to seven weeks with a muscular problem. Midfielder Jack Taylor was forced off before half-time last week with a calf issue, but Posh are hopeful he will be fit. The latest round of Covid-19 testing has come back all-clear.

Crewe will be without the services of midfielder Oli Finney after scans revealed he had suffered a broken leg in Tuesday night’s clash with Shrewsbury Town. Luke Murphy started at the New Meadow and Tom Lowery came off the bench to replace the injured Finney.

The on-loan, Ant Evans will be hoping for more opportunities after impressing as an impact sub on his debut away at Gillingham. Evans came off the bench to create our consolation goal for Chris Porter on the evening. Crewe have been boosted with the news that both Billy Jones and Charlie Kirk have resumed training and are expected to travel with the squad later today. They are also hopeful of completing a deal for former Bolton Wanderers attacker Joe Doodoo who is available on a free transfer.

FROM THE GAFFER

“We played Crewe fairly recently and didn’t really do ourselves justice on the day. We conceded two very avoidable goals, the first from a dubious free-kick and the second is a poor pass across the pitch which was intercepted. We know that Crewe are a good side, they have demonstrated that throughout this season. We know it is about us on Saturday, if we win the game we are one of the form sides in the division,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“It will be a tough challenge for us going to Peterborough. They have some good form, at home especially, and have some good players, but we don’t fear anyone and that is not arrogance, we know where we are in the pecking order but we have to go there and give a good account of ourselves and see where it takes us,” Crewe boss David Artell said.

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MINUTE’S APPLAUSE

Ahead of kick-off, there will be a minute’s applause in memory of former Posh defender Peter Hindley, who sadly passed away aged 76 this week.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Carl Boyeson.

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Posh Record Another Home Victory

Railwaymen de-railed as Crewe beaten 2-0 by Posh.

6 February 2021

Sammie Szmodics in action against Crewe Alexandra Joe Dent / theposh.com
Sammie Szmodics in action against Crewe Alexandra

Posh recorded another home success as goals from Sammie Szmodics and Jonson Clarke-Harris secured a 2-0 win over Crewe.

Peterborough United recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at the Weston Homes Stadium as first half goals from Sammie Szmodics and Jonson Clarke-Harris secured three points for Darren Ferguson’s men.

After a quiet opening to the game in difficult conditions, it was Posh who tested the Crewe goalkeeper first, Jonson Clarke-Harris with the low left-footed effort on the angle after Joe Ward had led a swift counter-attack.

On 18 minutes, Posh were close to the breakthrough as Dan Butler made moves down the left and stood up a fine cross for Clarke-Harris, but his powerful header went inches wide of the target.

On 24 minutes, Posh opened the scoring as Siriki Dembele slipped in Sammie SZMODICS and he made no mistake, clinically finishing past keeper Richards. Darren Ferguson’s men doubled the lead just after the half hour mark and it was a superb goal, midfielder Jack Taylor picked out Szmodics and he was unselfish this time, a left-footed low centre, which was inch perfect for CLARKE-HARRIS to tap home from close-range.

Frankie Kent was cautioned two minutes after the break as he over stretched to try and win the ball on the half-way line. Brown whipped a shot from 25-yards over the crossbar on 49 minutes after good play from Dembele in a tight area.

Crewe made a triple change just before the break with Stephen Walker, Chris Porter and Tom Lowery introduced. Dale headed over at the far post from a clipped cross by Wintle moments later as the Railwaymen came close to knocking Posh off track.

Darren Ferguson made a double change on 67 minutes with Ethan Hamilton and Niall Mason replacing Ward and Brown. Clarke-Harris picked out Szmodics moments later, but the former Colchester United man curled his effort wide.

Christy Pym made his first save of the afternoon on 71 minutes, comfortably denying substitute Lowery who had a go from distance. Posh should have made it 3-0 on 76 minutes as Szmodics superbly picked out Dembele through on goal, but he lifted his shot wide of the target.

Substitute Eisa was denied by Richards on 86 minutes after wonderful approach play from Clarke-Harris as Posh pushed for a third goal. Hamilton tested Richards from long-range with a swerving effort that the Crewe shot-stopper did well to deal with.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Beevers, Thompson, Kent (sub Kanu 73min), Ward (sub Mason 67min), Brown (sub Hamilton 67min), Taylor, Dembele (sub Eisa 79min), Szmodics, Clarke-Harris. Unused subs: Gyollai, Burrows, Blake-Tracy.

Crewe: Richards, Pickering, Wintle, Powell (sub Walker 59min), Mandron (sub Porter 58min), Lancashire, Dale, Murphy, Beckles, Jones, Evans (sub Lowery 58min). Unused subs: Jaaskelainen, Kirk,  Johnson, Wood.

Half-time: Peterborough United 2-0 Crewe Alexandra
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-0 Crewe Alexandra
Referee: Carl Boyeson

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