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Posh v Shrewsbury | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s meeting with Shrewsbury Town.

29 October 2020

Posh welcome Shrewsbury Town to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Peterborough United entertain Shrewsbury Town at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet League One action (3pm) and Darren Ferguson’s men will be looking to end the month of October with a positive result after pocketing 16 points from a possible 18 in the six league games to date.

On Tuesday, Burton Albion twice came from behind to secure a point from a 2-2 draw with Kane Hemmings netting twice. The Shrews arrive at the Weston Homes Stadium on the back of three successive defeats, but do have a talented and experienced squad at the disposal of boss Samuel Ricketts.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of teenage front man Ricky-Jade Jones due to a leg injury. He will be side-lined until Christmas. Sammie Szmodics came through Tuesday’s game without any adverse effect following a slight hamstring concern while experienced defender Nathan Thompson picked up a knock but should be fit enough to feature.

Shrewsbury are expected to be missing Leon Clarke in attack and potentially strike partner Jason Cummings, who has been ill. Deyan Iliev is side-lined for a few weeks with a muscle injury. In-form Aaron Pierre has been a threat of late from set-pieces.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Shrewsbury are another example of why this league is so competitive. They signed Charlie Daniels from AFC Bournemouth last week, he is a good player and they have Leon Clarke and Jason Cummings up top who are excellent strikers so they will be difficult opposition, but the incentive for us is to finish the month with a positive result and then we can look back at October and be satisfied with our work,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“You have to look beyond the results. I know, we want to win every game, but the performance level, certainly in the two home games was very, very good. We couldn’t ask any more from a performance level. It was just a case of the final bit, offsides going against. We’re in a run where we’ve had no luck go our way whatsoever. We want to get back to winning ways as quick as we can. But the endeavour and commitment from the players was second to none. We have to get ready to go again,” Shrewsbury boss Samuel Ricketts said.

PRE-GAME SHOW

The pre-match show, in association with Mick George, is back on Saturday, live from the Weston Homes Stadium at 1.50pm across the club’s social media channels and YouTube. Saturday’s show features an interview with Siriki Dembele about his pathway into football, plus a live interview with boss Darren Ferguson (in association with ABAX) about his team selection.

IFOLLOW

Match passes for Saturday’s game are available to purchase for £10 here:

https://www.theposh.com/matches/fixtures/first-team/202021/october/peterborough-united-vs-shrewsbury-town-on-31-oct-20/

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is James Oldham.

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Dembele Hat-Trick Helps Seal Emphatic Posh Victory

Siriki Dembele bagged his first Posh treble in 5-1 victory.

31 October 2020

Siriki Dembele scores his third goal against Shrewsbury Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Siriki Dembele scores his third goal against Shrewsbury Town

Posh moved top of the League One table with a 5-1 victory over 10-man Shrewsbury Town at the Weston Homes Stadium.

On the weekend of Halloween, it was a tackle that provided the horror as Shrewsbury Town midfielder Josh Vela saw red for a tackle on Siriki Dembele in first half stoppage time with Darren Ferguson’s men taking full advantage to secure a 5-1 victory with Dembele bagging his first hat-trick for the club.

Jonson Clarke-Harris continued his fine form with a goal from the spot while Jack Taylor also netted in a second half that truly could have seen Posh reach double figures and but for keeper Harry Burgoyne, that was a real possibility.

Daniel Udah saw a close-range volley blocked as the visitors caused a problem from a Charlie Daniels set-piece on nine minutes. The visitors had a couple of half chances through Aaron Pierre from set-pieces, but Posh found the breakthrough on 17 minutes, Dembele upended in the box by keeper Harry Burgoyne, who was cautioned, and Jonson CLARKE-HARRIS did the rest from the spot.

However, the lead didn’t last long as a deep cross into the box was powered home via the head of Joshua DANIELS at the back post. Dembele fired over on the half volley on 26 minutes after two clever passes from Brown and Ward created some space for the former Grimsby Town man.

Ward, who hit the bar and was denied by a superb save against Burton on Tuesday night, floated a central free kick over the crossbar on 31 minutes after Pierre was penalised for handball. Posh got their noses in front again on 42 minutes as a superb pass from Szmodics picked out DEMBELE, he took a few touches, drove into the box and rolled the ball into the bottom corner.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in first half injury time as Josh Vela was shown a straight red card for a scissor-like challenge on Dembele.

Shrewsbury made a change at the break with former Posh loanee Jason Cummings replacing the experienced Marc Pugh. Szmodics had a good opportunity to make it 3-1 on 48 minutes after linking well with Dembele, but the former Bristol City man couldn’t keep his effort down.

Josh Daniels curled an effort wide from 25-yards moments later after cutting inside onto his right foot. Szmodics had the ball in the back of the net on the hour mark after a first time pass from Reed, but the offside flag curtailed the celebrations.

High fired high and over the crossbar on 63 minutes after substitute Cummings was allowed to take a long ball down on his chest. Posh made it 3-1 on 68 minutes, a fine pass from Szmodics picked out Ward down the right and his cross was turned into the back of the net via the inside of the post by DEMBELE.

Burgoyne made a fine stop to deny Szmodics after substitute Eisa did well to turn sharply in the box. Posh made it 4-1 on 78 minutes as a good pass from Butler picked out DEMBELE and he rounded the keeper and slotted into an empty net for his hat-trick.

Szmodics was cautioned for a foul on 83 minutes as the visitors countered at pace through the centre of the pitch after Posh gave away possession. Szmodics was again denied by Burgoyne on 85 minutes after a good cross into the box by substitute Idris Kanu.

Butler was next to be denied by the Shrews keeper as Posh toyed with their opponents in the final third with Dembele particularly thriving. It was 5-1 moments later as midfielder Jack TAYLOR rifled home a superb left-foot shot into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Beevers, Kent, Taylor, Clarke-Harris (sub Eisa 73min), Dembele, Brown (sub Reed 52min), Szmodics, (sub  Kanu 80min) , Mason. Unused subs: Gyollai, Broom, Blake-Tracy, Hamilton.

Shrewsbury: Burgoyne, Pierre, Williams, Norburn, Vela, C. Daniels, J. Daniels, Udoh, Ebanks-Landell, High, Pugh (sub Cummings 46min). Unused subs: Gregory, Zamburek, Walker, Fossey, Barnett, Tracey.

Half-time: Peterborough United 2-1 Shrewsbury Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 5-1 Shrewsbury Town
Referee: Mr J. Oldham

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