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Posh v Fleetwood Town | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s clash with Fleetwood Town.

18 September 2020

Posh entertain Fleetwood Town in the first home league game of the season on Saturday.

Peterborough United welcome Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in Sky Bet League One action with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley.

Fleetwood have had an excellent start to the campaign, which included a 2-1 league win over Burton Albion and a 2-1 victory over Port Vale, a win that set-up a tie against Everton next week.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back teenage front man Ricky-Jade Jones to the squad after he missed the opening two weeks of the season with a muscle injury. Reece Brown and Siriki Dembele are unlikely to feature despite completing their isolation period following positive Covid-19 tests. Frazer Blake-Tracy has not recovered from a hamstring injury and will resume training on Monday.

Fleetwood have recruited well during the summer despite losing two of their regular centre backs from last term. Glenn Whelan extended his deal and brings a calmness to the midfield while Ched Evans is one of the best number 9s in the division. Paddy Madden is the one to watch, he is a regular goal-scorer at this level.

A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

Fleetwood have two former Posh players within their ranks. Defender Danny Andrew came through the Academy at the club while Paul Coutts was part of the successful Posh side under Darren Ferguson that secured promotion to the Championship.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Fleetwood are a good side. They didn’t surprise me last season because they had recruited very well and I am sure they will be there or thereabouts this time around because they have added to their squad and replaced the ones that they lost well. They have had a good start to the season and will be full of confidence. We are looking forward to our first home league game and looking to bounce back from the defeat last week,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We know we’ll have to be as good as we can be on Saturday to take maximum points. They [Peterborough] were very unlucky last year not to make the playoffs. I know we were one of the few sides that beat them when they were on a good run of form but luckily, we beat them home and away last season.

“I think if you beat Peterborough home and away and take six points off them, and you consider yourselves a side that wants to be in the upper ends of League One, then Peterborough are a very good side and have been consistent,” Joey Barton.

IFOLLOW

The game is behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The game will be available to watch on iFollow. Season ticket holders have been sent codes to watch the game. Non-season ticket holders can buy a match pass for £10 here

https://www.theposh.com/matches/fixtures/first-team/202021/september/peterborough-united-vs-fleetwood-town-on-19-sep-20/

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Christopher Sarginson

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Match Reports

Late Goals Earn Posh First Victory

Jack Taylor and Sammie Szmodics strike late to earn Posh win.

19 September 2020

Posh players celebrate Sammie Szmodics match winning goal against Fleetwood Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Posh players celebrate Sammie Szmodics match winning goal against Fleetwood Town

Two goals in stoppage time secured a 2-1 win for Posh against Fleetwood Town.

Peterborough United left it late but produced a fine comeback as two goals in stoppage time from Jack Taylor and Sammie Szmodics secured a 2-1 victory over Fleetwood Town at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Posh started brightly in the late summer sunshine at the Weston Homes Stadium, playing some neat and tidy football, but it took a while for the first effort of the game, Sammie Szmodics seeing an effort from the edge of the box easily gathered by keeper Alex Cairns.

At the other end, the Cod Army were also playing some patient possession-based football and they had the first attempt midway through the first half, Wes Burns testing Christy Pym at his near post with the keeper parrying it behind for a corner.

James Hill glanced a header wide from a Danny Andrew delivery before Clarke-Harris was kept out by a fine stop by Cairns diving to his left. Kent was cautioned for a late foul before the visitors found the breakthrough as a deep corner from Andrew was met on the full by CAMPS and his shot was dispatched past Pym.

Posh made an immediate change, their second of the game with Joe Ward replacing Broom, with Dembele replacing Eisa at the break. Dembele skied an effort just after the hour mark after a quickly taken throw-in from Butler caught the visitors cold.

Posh had another good chance as Kent met a driven Reed corner, but he couldn’t keep his powerful effort on target. Camps fired a well-struck free kick from distance wide of the target after Thompson was cautioned following an aerial duel.

Clarke-Harris headed wide from a driven Reed corner kick before Butler volleyed wide as Posh pressed for an equaliser. Reed was a whisker away from making it 1-1 on 80 minutes as his deflected volley left the keeper flat footed, but it landed on the roof of the netting to the frustration of the hosts.

Posh levelled the scores as the game entered five minutes of stoppage time, a loose ball falling on the edge of the box to TAYLOR who rifled the ball past the keeper on the half volley. Incredibly in the final minute of stoppage time, Posh popped up with the winner as SZMODICS lashed home from the edge of the box to send the squad wild.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Beevers, Thompson (sub Mason 76min), Broom (sub Ward 58min), Reed, Taylor, Szmodics, Clarke-Harris, Eisa (sub Dembele 46min). Unused subs: Gyollai, Burrows, Jones, Hamilton, Mason.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Andrew, Whelan, Burns, Duffy (sub Madden 60min), Evans (sub Saunders 87min), Camps, Morris, Coutts (sub Matete 72min), Stubbs, Hill. Unused subs: Leutwiler, Boyes, Garner, Holgate.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 Fleetwood Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-1 Fleetwood Town

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