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Posh v Portsmouth | Match Preview

A look ahead to Tuesday night’s clash against Portsmouth.

15 March 2021

Posh welcome Portsmouth to the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Peterborough United entertain Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One action on Tuesday night (7pm) with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to bounce back from the home reverse to league leaders Hull City seven days ago.

Ethan Hamilton was dismissed in the first half of that clash with the Tigers, but Ferguson would have been happy with his side’s showing in the opening 20 minutes when Reece Brown had given the hosts the lead following an excellent start.

Pompey have had a difficult few days after being beaten on penalties in last season’s Papa John’s Trophy final to Salford at Wembley Stadium with the Sky Bet League Two side securing the success on penalty kicks.

Following that loss, the board at Fratton Park decided to part company with manager Kenny Jackett with Joe Gallen in temporary charge for the game at the Weston Homes Stadium with a number of managers, including ex-Millwall chief Neil Harris among those touted for the job.


Posh are without the services of influential midfielder Jack Taylor due to a hamstring injury while teenage defender Ronnie Edwards and teenage playmaker Flynn Clarke both sidelined, the latter until the end of the campaign. Hamilton is suspended following that red-card against Hull, but is available for Saturday’s trip to one of his former clubs, Rochdale.

Pompey will be hopeful that striker John Marquis will be fit after he picked up a knock during the extra-time period of the clash with Salford. Ronan Curtis is expected to play while Marcus Holness is set to start after he was among the substitutes in the final.


“I watched the game on Saturday that Portsmouth were involved in, obviously things have changed since then with the manager departing and that always adds a bit of mystery in terms of what they will do formation and personnel wise, but it is about how we play, and we affect the game. Yes, we will look at Portsmouth, but we won’t go on about it. We know that we played well for the opening period against the league leaders last week, there are positives to take and the players were bubbly and raring to go in training. We have a few players nursing knocks and bruises, but we will see where we are on Tuesday,” Darren Ferguson said.


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The match referee is James Oldham.


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Battling Posh Secure Three Vital Points

Battling display earns Posh three precious points.

16 March 2021

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

Posh secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Portsmouth at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Peterborough United battled bravely to secure three vital League One points as a first half corner kick from Harrison Burrows was the difference between the two sides at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Siriki Dembele headed wide from a Frankie Kent centre on five minutes as Darren Ferguson’s men made a bright start against Pompey. However, that bright start didn’t yield chances in front of goal with neither keeper called upon in the opening exchanges to make a save with the visitors content to sit in and allow Posh to have possession in deeper areas.

On 31 minutes, Posh opened the scoring in bizarre circumstances as an in-swinging corner from Harrison BURROWS has found the back of the net with keeper Craig MacGillivray punching the ball onto the back of defender Nicolaisen and over the line while looking like he was over the line himself.

Dembele tested the keeper on 36 minutes with a curler from distance after cutting inside onto his right foot as Ferguson’s side tried to build on their lead. Pym was well placed to keep out a dipping Curtis effort on 37 minutes after Thompson was penalised for a trip.

Jack Whatmough was cautioned for a cynical foul on Dembele four minutes before the break as the diminutive front man knocked the ball past him in a wide area. Naylor headed a Brown free-kick wide of the target on 58 minutes as the visitors prepared changes.

Ferguson made a change of his own just after the hour mark with Mo Eisa replacing Dembele in attack. Eisa saw a low effort gathered at the second attempt by MacGillivray moments later after linking well with Clarke-Harris.

Reed did well to rob Close of possession on 71 minutes and advance into a shooting position, his strike was well-struck with the keeper parrying it to safety. Portsmouth made a double change on 72 minutes with Jordy Hiwula and Harvey White introduced.

Pym was well placed to pluck a drive from Hiwula out of the air as the game moved into the final 10 minutes at a tense Weston Homes Stadium. White nodded a header over the crossbar from a right-wing centre as Pompey pressed.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Thompson, Kent, Beevers, Ward, Reed (sub Mason 83min), Burrows (sub Blake-Tracy 88min), Brown, Dembele (sub Eisa 62min), Clarke-Harris. Unused subs: Gyollai, Jones, Kanu, Barker.

Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Brown, Naylor, Whatmough, Williams (sub Hiwula 72min) =, Close, Curtis, Bolton, Cannon (sub Harness 60min), Nicolaisen, Raggett (sub White 72min). Unused subs: Ward, Byers, Daniels, Minoga.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Portsmouth
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Portsmouth
Referee: James Oldham

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