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Lincoln City v Posh | Match Preview

Posh scheduled for return to action on Saturday.

7 January 2021

Darren Ferguson’s men set for return to league action on Saturday with trip to Lincoln City.

After nearly a month without a fixture, Peterborough United are due to return to Sky Bet League One to action on Saturday lunchtime (12.30pm kick-off) with a trip to league leaders Lincoln City in a game that will be televised live on Sky Sports.

Posh were forced to postpone three fixtures over the festive period due to Covid-19 and scheduled opponents Doncaster Rovers at the start of the year then had an outbreak leading to the postponement of the first game of 2021.

Both sets of players and management at Posh and the Imps were tested earlier this week with no positive cases reported at either end, so the game is set to go ahead at Sincil Bank. Lincoln have been in action over the festive period and sit top of the table, winning 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon in their last outing.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back Nathan Thompson from suspension and striker Ricky-Jade Jones from injury for the game. Jones has been sidelined for much of the campaign with a leg problem but has a number of weeks of training now under his belt. Joe Ward returned to training on Thursday but is not expected to be considered for this game.

Lincoln were without former Posh winger Harry Anderson in their last fixture as he was in self isolation, but he could return for this game. Boss Michael Appleton also missed that game after testing positive for the virus alongside his Goalkeeping Coach.

FROM THE GAFFER

“It has been a long time since we had a fixture to look forward too. It will have been 25 days. We will certainly have a fresh feel to the squad, but ultimately we won’t really know how that break has affected us until the game gets underway. It would have been a difficult game anyway regardless of the circumstances because Lincoln are a good attacking team, excellent in transition and they have had some good results taking them to the top of the league.

“Lincoln away was actually my first ever game in management and it would normally be a really atmospheric place to go, but I think we all accept that behind closed doors is going to be the norm for a while and we have to get on with it. The game is on television, we want to perform and hopefully come away with a positive result,” Darren Ferguson said.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks.

COVERAGE

The game is live on Sky Sports. Overseas iFollow subscribers can purchase match passes for the game priced at £10 here:

Lincoln City vs Peterborough United on 09 Jan 21 - Match Centre - Peterborough United (theposh.com)

COMMENTARY

Please note that at present, BBC Cambridgeshire commentators are unable to travel to away fixtures to cover the game from the stadium due to BBC regulations, so no commentary will be provided on iFollow coverage moving forward due to syncing difficulties with the visual footage.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Will Finnie.

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Match Reports

Posh Pick Up Point At Leaders

Posh play over 20 minutes with 10-men, but pick up point.

9 January 2021

Jack Taylor in action at Lincoln City Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jack Taylor in action at Lincoln City

Posh returned to action with a hard fought 1-1 draw at Lincoln City.

Peterborough United were reduced to 10-men for the final 20 minutes against the league leaders in Sky Bet League One but held on for a battling point in the first game for nearly a month for Darren Ferguson’s men.

Posh made a bright start to the contest, winning numerous corner kicks inside the opening eight minutes with a low Jack Taylor effort well held by goalkeeper Alex Palmer. However, the deadlock was broken on 10 minutes, Nathan Thompson doing well to win the ball in the penalty area and square for Clarke-Harris, his well-struck shot was cleared off the line but rebounded back into the net via the unfortunate TJ EMOA.

Jackson was cautioned by referee Will Finnie for a foul on Sammie Szmodics on the quarter hour mark. The home side should have drawn level moments later on the counter attack as Johnson raced clear, but he fired over with his left-foot.

Bridcutt was next into the book after a crunching tackle on Szmodics in the centre circle, while Thompson was also carded for a late tackle.  Clarke-Harris saw a header into the ground comfortably claimed by Palmer after an excellent right-wing centre from Taylor.

On the half hour mark, Christy Pym was called upon for the first time, getting a fingertip to a fierce Scully effort, diverting it over the bar in the process. Howarth had a good chance to level the scores on 34 minutes as he raced clear down the right-hand side, but he had no composure, firing over the top.

Jorge Grant curled a free-kick around the wall and into the side-netting on 40 minutes as the home side ended the first half strongly with Posh just struggling to keep possession as a consistently as they did in the opening 15 minutes.

Posh were punished for an errand pass and subsequent defending at a set-piece on 47 minutes as Anthony SCULLY was left alone at the back post from a corner kick to sweep past Pym for his ninth goal of the campaign in all competitions.

Clarke-Harris nodded a header over the top two minutes later after a good free-kick into the box from the left-hand side. Dembele fired wide from 25-yards moments later as Posh tried to respond in a positive way to conceding the lead so early in the second period.

Pym produced a fine reaction stop to keep out Johnson from close-range as the Imps came close to turning things around before the hour mark. Grant curled a free kick over the wall but into the side-netting on 65 minutes after Brown was cautioned for a foul.

On 66 minutes, Lincoln were awarded a penalty and Posh were reduced to 10-men as Thompson was dismissed for a second yellow card, penalised for handball. Grant stepped up from the spot but fired wide of the target.

Posh made a triple change moments later with Dan Butler, Ricky Jade Jones and Niall Mason introduced to try and stem the tide. Jones provided a real attacking outlet late on as Posh picked up a point.

Lincoln: Palmer, Montsma, Jackson, Edun, Jones, Grant, Scully, Howarth (sub Rogers 54min), Johnson, Eyoma, Bridcutt. Unused subs: Long, Melbourne, Gotts, Elbouzedi, Roughan.

Posh: Pym, Thompson, Kent, Beevers, Taylor, Clarke-Harris, Dembele (sub Jones 69min), Brown (sub Hamilton 80min), Szmodics (sub Mason 69min), Burrows (sub Butler 69min), Kanu (sub Broom 80min). Unused subs: Gyollai, Eisa.

Half-time: Lincoln City 0-1 Peterborough United
Full-time: Lincoln City 1-1 Peterborough United
Referee: Will Finnie

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