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Posh v Oxford | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s clash with Oxford United.

15 October 2020

Posh welcome Karl Robinson’s Oxford United to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.

Peterborough United welcome Oxford United to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday in Sky Bet League One action (3pm) with the visitors left frustrated in midweek when their scheduled fixture with Crewe Alexandra was postponed.

It was the second time that the U’s had seen their clash with the Railwaymen cancelled with Karl Robinson instead using the opportunity for an in-house game at the Kassam Stadium to continue their fitness work ahead of a busy schedule of fixtures. That in-house game finished goalless.

Posh go into the game on the back of a 2-0 victory over local rivals Northampton Town at the PTS Academy Stadium with those not involved getting minutes under their belt for the reserve team on Tuesday in a 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers at the Mick George Training Academy.

TEAM NEWS

Jack Taylor played 75 minutes for the Republic of Ireland under 21s in Italy on Tuesday afternoon. He returned to England on Wednesday and was tested on Thursday morning as per EFL protocol. Providing he returns a negative test result; he will train on Friday and be involved in the squad on Saturday.

Young striker Ricky-Jade Jones is unavailable as he recovers from an operation which is likely to keep him out of action for around three months. Joel Cooper will not feature for Oxford United at Posh on Saturday.

It was felt the turnaround after international duty was going to be too tight, so the winger has been granted a couple of days to spend with his family. Cooper was away with the Northern Ireland squad, but is still waiting to make his senior debut. Oxford are hopeful of strengthening their squad ahead of the 5pm Friday transfer deadline.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Oxford will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season, they have an experienced manager, good players and they play good football. They were probably left a little frustrated their game was postponed for the second time in mid-week, but that won’t affect their preparations for this game on Saturday,” Darren Ferguson said.

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PRE-MATCH

The club will hold a minute’s applause in memory of Tommy Robson, the club’s record appearance maker, ahead of the game.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Carl Boyeson.

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Match Reports

Another Home Victory For Fergie’s Men

A goal in each half secured a 2-0 victory over Oxford United.

17 October 2020

Joe Ward is congratulated by team-mates after scoring against Oxford United Joe Dent / theposh.com
Joe Ward is congratulated by team-mates after scoring against Oxford United

Posh chalk up another home win and are closing in on a club record after a 2-0 victory over Oxford United.

Peterborough United recorded their third straight league victory after a 2-0 home success over Karl Robinson’s Oxford United at the Weston Homes Stadium with Joe Ward and Siriki Dembele on target, the 13th different scorers for Darren Ferguson’s men in all competitions this term.

Jonson Clarke-Harris had two half decent opportunities within the first five minutes, both from deliveries by Joe Ward, the first a header went wide of the near post and the second effort was wide with his right-foot.

Simon Eastwood produced a fine stop to keep out a fierce drive from Ward on seven minutes after a glorious pass from Taylor picked him out advanced on the right-hand side. Oxford skipper James Henry fired over from the edge of the box on the half volley on the quarter hour mark as the visitors launched their first attack.

Clare was cautioned by the match official for a foul on Dembele on 22 minutes. Ward followed him in the book for a foul as the visitors broke at pace on the counter-attack. Ruffels curled a shot just over the crossbar on 28 minutes for Karl Robinson’s men.

Ward, a continual outlet on the right, cut inside and fired wide with his left-foot on 34 minutes as the rain began to fall steadily at the Weston Homes Stadium. Christy Pym produced a fine stop with his legs to keep out Henry on 38 minutes after a poor pass from Dembele was intercepted by Matty Taylor.

Pym was at it again moments later as a corner reached Agyei, he took a touch and then toe-poked the ball towards goal with the Posh shot-stopper doing well to react with his legs. Those saves were made to be even better moments later as a wonderful pass from Taylor picked out WARD who took two fine touches before lobbing the advancing keeper to give Posh the lead.

Dembele was denied by a strong push over by goalkeeper Eastwood moments after the re-start after good pressing from Butler on the far side. Pym had two further saves to make moments later after errors in possession with Sykes and Agjei both seeing low drives kept out by the former Exeter City custodian.

Ruffells headed wide from a corner kick after being left all alone in the penalty area on 55 minutes as the visitors began to turn the screw. Henry was booked for a foul on Taylor in the centre circle on 57 minutes. Posh doubled the lead on 65 minutes, Posh pressing high, Szmodics nearly nicked it, ball fell to Ward, he advanced and squared for DEMBELE who did the rest, drilling low through the keepers’ legs.

The goalscorer was then booked for a foul by referee Carl Boyeson before Oxford made a double change with Sam Winnall and Rodriguez introduced by Karl Robinson. Eastwood produced a fine stop to keep out Kent before the follow-up from Clarke-Harris from a ridiculously tight angle found the side-netting.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Thompson, Beevers, Kent, Taylor, Szmodics, Clarke-Harris, Dembele (sub Hamilton 85min), Brown, Ward. Unused subs: Gyollai, Eisa, Broom, Reed, Mason, Clarke.

Oxford: Eastwood, Clare, Ruffels, Moore, Taylor, Sykes (sub Rodriguez 68min), Long, Forde, Henry, Agyei (sub Osei Yaw 60mijn), Kelly (sub Winnall 68min). Unused subs: Stevens, Hall, McGuane, Hanson.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Oxford United
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-0 Oxford United

 

 

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