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Accrington Stanley v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to the first league game of the season.

11 September 2020

Posh open their Sky Bet League One account at Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The new Sky Bet League One campaign gets underway on Saturday as Peterborough United make the trip north to face Accrington Stanley (3pm) as Darren Ferguson’s men look to build on the performance in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, when the young XI secured a penalty shoot-out success against Burton Albion.

Accrington will be full of confidence after a thumping win against Leeds under 21s in mid-week in the EFL Trophy, but their manager John Coleman has already played down the significance of that victory.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of teenage front man Ricky-Jade Jones due to a muscle injury, but the highly rated forward should be back in full training on Monday ahead of the first home game of the season in the league against Fleetwood Town.

Frazer Blake-Tracy is another that won’t be involved. He has a slight strain and will be stepping up his recovery at the start of the week. Sammie Szmodics, who completed a permanent move from Bristol City earlier in the week, could feature after a solid few days of training.

Accrington are set to be without striker Colby Bishop and Joe Pritchard, although both have returned to training after injury lay-offs. Stanley have made some shrewd loan signings, with the most involved in that win against Leeds in midweek.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Accrington is a tough start for us. I always think any side getting a positive result away at Accrington have done well, so we know that we have to be on it on Saturday to get the right result. I watched them against Burton last Friday in person and we have watched a lot of their clips from the pre-season games.

“They have recruited well and I think that John has done a wonderful job at the club for many years now. We have one or two decisions that we have to make regarding the starting line-up, but the squad is settled and we are looking forward to getting the league season underway,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“They are one of the favourites but that goes out of the window when it's 11 versus 11, they've spent a lot of money in the summer, their marquee signings being Jonson Clarke-Harris and Sammie Szmodics.

 

"On a Saturday when it's three o'clock, it's 11 versus 11 and it's the ones who apply themselves better and hopefully we can apply ourselves well on Saturday,” Accrington boss John Coleman told the press this week.

ONE TO WATCH

Tariq Uwakwe was one of a number of loan signings that made the move to Accrington in the close season and he bagged a hat-trick on his debut from wing back, timing his runs into the box cleverly and not being afraid to pin the opposing full back in his own defensive third.

John Coleman said: “Obviously you want to score goals, whether you're in training or playing games. Tariq's a confidence player but he's certainly impressed me in the short time I've seen him play.”

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MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Marc Edwards.

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Posh Beaten On Opening Day

Posh suffer opening day defeat to Accrington Stanley.

12 September 2020

Dan Butler in action at Accrington Stanley Joe Dent / theposh.com
Dan Butler in action at Accrington Stanley

Two fine goals condemn Posh to a 2-0 loss at Accrington Stanley.

Peterborough United were undone by two fine goals as Accrington Stanley earned a 2-0 victory over Peterborough United at the Wham Stadium with Dion Charles and Tariq Uwakwe on target for John Coleman’s men.

It was certainly a quiet opening to proceedings at an eerily quiet Wham Stadium with both sides struggling to find any rhythm in possession. Defender Dan Butler saw a deflected effort gathered by goalkeeper Savin just after the quarter hour mark before a low Sammie Szmodics shot from distance went wide after good work from Nathan Thompson.

Just after the half hour mark, the hosts cracked the outside of the post after a powerful drive from Butcher following good work from Pritchard. Szmodics fired wide of the near post while off balance after a positive burst from Thompson.

Eisa saw a curler deflected wide for a corner kick before Thompson was cautioned by referee Mr Edwards for deliberate handball. A deep cross from Jack Taylor was met by Clarke-Harris on 38 minutes, but the striker couldn’t keep his header down at the back post.

Into the minute of added time and the hosts opened the scoring and it was a superb volley from Dion CHARLES from just inside the box, rifling the ball past Pym with his left-foot leaving the keeper with absolutely no chance.

Sykes was cautioned for taking down a charging Thompson on 57 minutes and from the resulting set-piece, Jonson Clarke-Harris cracked a left-footed free-kick from the edge of the box against the crossbar.

Eisa was then denied by Savin after wriggling into a bit of space in the right-hand channel as Posh pushed for a leveller. The hosts made two changes in as many minutes on 75 minutes with Bishop and Sama introduced from the bench.

Darren Ferguson brought on Flynn Clarke and Ryan Broom in an attempt to try and salvage something from the contest. The home side doubled the lead on 85 minutes and it was another stunning goal, Chelsea loanee UWAKWE curling a fine effort into the top corner with his weaker right-foot.

Accrington: Savin, Hughes, Burgess, Sykes, Butcher, Cassidy (sub Bishop 74min), Pritchard, Uwakwe, Sangare (sub Barclay 84min), Conneely (sub Sama 72min), Charles. Unused subs: Isherwood, Allan, Maguire, Scully.

Posh: Pym, Ward (sub Clarke 77min), Butler, Beevers, Kent, Thompson, Taylor, Hamilton (sub Broom 85min), Szmodics, Clarke-Harris, Eisa. Unused subs: Gyollai, Mason, Burrows, Reed, Tasdemir.

Half-time: Accrington Stanley 1-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Accrington Stanley 2-0 Peterborough United

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