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Posh v Portsmouth | Match Preview

EFL Trophy action for Posh on Tuesday evening.

11 January 2021

Darren Ferguson’s men welcome Portsmouth to the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Peterborough United entertain fellow Sky Bet League One side Portsmouth at the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening (7pm) in the third round of the EFL Trophy with both sides determined to get as a far as they can in the competition.

Both sides returned to competitive action after long lay-offs over the festive period with Posh drawing 1-1 at Lincoln City in the league on Saturday with Pompey beaten 2-1 by Championship side Bristol City in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

TEAM NEWS

Darren Ferguson has confirmed that winger Joe Ward will play 45 minutes against Pompey as he returns to action following a knee operation. Ferguson has yet to decide whether he will start or come off the bench.

Youngster Ricky-Jade Jones made his comeback as a second half substitute at Sincil Bank and is fit to start if selected, but young defender Ronnie Edwards is currently self-isolating for a second time after his dig’s lady tested positive for Covid-19. Nathan Thompson can start in this competition but will sit out Saturday’s clash against MK Dons following his red card on Saturday.

Posh can confirm that all players and staff have tested negative for coronavirus following testing on Monday. The second wave of testing will take place on Thursday.

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett is expected to make changes from the FA Cup tie and could hand all nine substitutes from that tie a starting berth against Posh with a strong squad at his disposal.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Portsmouth have a strong squad. They, like us, have had an enforced break and will probably want to get as many players as they can fitness under their belts. For us, it will be consistency. We looked good fitness wise even with 10-men on Saturday after a long lay-off and it will certainly be a stronger side than the one that faced West Ham in the last round of the competition. We want to try and win this competition and if we can beat Portsmouth it will be one of the stronger sides out of the competition,” Darren Ferguson said.

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COMPETITION RULES

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the tie will go straight to penalties to decide the winner.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The referee is Robert Lewis.

 

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Five-Star Posh Ease Into Next Round Of Trophy

Five different scorers for Posh in emphatic victory.

12 January 2021

Jack Taylor opening the scoring against Portsmouth Joe Toth/BPI/Shutterstock
Jack Taylor opening the scoring against Portsmouth

Posh are into the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy following an emphatic 5-1 win over Portsmouth.

Peterborough United progressed into the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy and eased closer to a potential date at Wembley Stadium following a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Portsmouth at the Weston Homes Stadium with five different goal-scorers on target.

After a scrappy opening quarter of the game, Posh hit the front on 16 minutes as midfielder Jack TAYLOR latched on to some in-decision in the Portsmouth back-line to drive the ball into the bottom corner from a tight angle.

Christy Pym produced a fine fingertip stop to divert an acrobatic over-head kick from Hiwula-Mayifuila effort over the crossbar at the other end as Portsmouth tried to get back into the contest almost immediately.

Skipper Mark Beevers was cautioned by referee Mr Lewis for a foul on 18 minutes, but the free-kick from Close came to nothing. Keeper Duncan Turnbull produced a fine stop to keep out Siriki Dembele on 23 minutes after the 24-year-old did superbly well to dispossess his man in the box, his effort was well struck, but the Pompey shot-stopper as equal to it.

Posh doubled the lead on 29 minutes, a superb free-kick from the in-form Jonson CLARKE-HARRIS, who curled a left-footed effort around the wall, giving keeper Turnbull absolutely no chance. On the stroke of half-time, Posh made it 3-0 as a superb free-kick into the box by Ward found its way into the back of the net via the shins of defender Frankie KENT.

Darren Ferguson made a change at the break with Idris Kanu replacing Joe Ward with Ward always only going to feature for 45 minutes as he comes back from his knee operation. Clarke-Harris sent a free-kick from 35 yards wide of the target on 50 minutes after Szmodics was upended.

Posh made it 4-0 on 52 minutes as a swift passage of play concluded with an inch-perfect cross from Dan Butler into the path of DEMBELE who made no mistake from close-range. Posh made a double change on 57 minutes with Mo Eisa and Ricky-Jade Jones on for Clarke-Harris and Dembele.

Posh made it 5-0 on 86 minutes and it was a second goal from a direct free-kick, midfielder Ethan HAMILTON this time, cracking home a left-foot free-kick from 25-yards past the despairing dive of Seymour. Ellis HARRISON did crack home a consolation goal from distance in the final seconds of the contest.

Posh: Pym, Butler (sub Burrows 62min), Beevers (sub Mason 68min), Kent, Thompson, Ward (sub Kanu 46min), Hamilton, Taylor, Dembele (sub Jones 57min), Szmodics, Clarke-Harris (sub Eisa 57min). Unused subs: Gyollai, Brown.

Portsmouth: Turnbull (sub Seymour 60min), Downing (sub Johnson 71min), Close, Harrison, Bolton, Nicolaisen, Morris, Hiwula-Mayifuila, Jewitt-White (sub Bell 60min), Kavanagh, Rew (sub Bridgeman 79min). Unused subs: Marquis, Brook, Stanley.

Half-time: Peterborough United 3-0 Portsmouth
Full-time: Peterborough United 5-1 Portsmouth
Referee: Mr Lewis

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