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Sunderland v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s clash at the Stadium of Light.

25 September 2020

Posh head north to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Sky Bet League One action.

Peterborough United make the long journey north to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday (3pm) looking to build on the last gasp success over Fleetwood Town last time out at the Weston Homes Stadium.

The Black Cats enjoyed a 2-0 success at Oxford United last weekend, a notable win against a potential promotion rival. It is the third successive year that Sunderland begin a campaign at this level, but they will be among the favourites for promotion this year, particularly given their recruitment in the summer.


Posh boss Darren Ferguson has confirmed that Ricky-Jade Jones and Frazer Blake-Tracy are available for selection after injury. Those not involved in the win over Fleetwood were given minutes in the bank in a friendly at Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening.

For Sunderland, George Dobson serves the second of his three-match ban, while Morgan Feeney picked up an injury for the under 23s. Max Power is nearing full fitness and he is ranked as 50-50 for the weekend.


“Sunderland are an experienced side and they are managed by an experienced management team. They have an abundance of attacking options and they have a real experienced spine to their team as well. They had a good win at Oxford last weekend and they will be looking forward to the game, just as we will. It will be strange going to an empty Stadium of Light, it is one of the first fixtures you look for and it is such a shame there will be no fans there to watch the game,” Darren Ferguson said.


“Peterborough are a side that are always near the top of the division, Darren has done a great job there. Ivan Toney has gone, but they have replaced him well. They carry a threat, but if we perform at our very best then we will have a good chance as we showed at Oxford last weekend,” Phil Parkinson said.


Posh will be in blue for the trip to the North East.


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The match referee for Saturday’s game is Scott Oldham.

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Penalty Decision Costs Posh

Posh beaten at the Stadium of Light.

26 September 2020

Siriki Dembele takes on the Sunderland defence Joe Dent /
Siriki Dembele takes on the Sunderland defence

A controversial penalty award costs Posh as Sunderland win 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson was left hugely frustrated as his side were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland with referee Scott Oldham the man taking centre stage as he gave a penalty against Jack Taylor when, if anything, it should have been a foul the other way.

Posh made a very good start at the Stadium of Light with Siriki Dembele causing all kinds of issues with direct running. It was Dembele who tested Burge from long-range on three minutes, the keeper parried the effort into the path of Jonson Clarke-Harris, but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

Clarke-Harris was then denied by Burge following a well-struck free-kick before O’Nien at the other end fired low towards goal only for Butler to clear after a little bit of a scramble. Sammie Szmodics was next to try his luck, but he couldn’t guide the ball past Burge after a whipped cross from the marauding Butler down the left.

Posh carved out another opportunity, this time on the break, on 21 minutes as Dembele and Szmodics linked up to create a shooting chance for Clarke-Harris on his left-foot but he fired low straight at Burge.

The hosts were forced into a change on 37 minutes with Aiden O’Brien replacing the injured Chris Maguire. Moments after the re-start, Hume flashed a shot wide of the near post after a low cross eluded on-rushing Sunderland players in the box.

The hosts were dominating the proceedings in this second half with substitute O’Brien denied by the legs of Pym. The Black Cats forced a succession of free-kicks with Clarke-Harris doing well in defensive situations.

Jack Taylor tested the reflexes of Burge at his near post after a good burst from midfield before O’Brien was cautioned by Scott Oldham for delaying the taking of a Posh free-kick. Both sides made a change on 70 minutes with Joe Ward replacing Broom for Posh and Danny Graham replacing Wyke for Phil Parkinson’s men.

Posh were a whisker away from taking the lead as midfielder Louis Reed cracked an unstoppable free-kick at goal but with Burge beaten, the ball smacked against the crossbar and rebounded back into play.

The home side got their noses in front from a hotly disputed spot-kick, Taylor judged to have felled Hume inside the box by referee Mr Oldham. It looked outside, the Posh players felt it was outside if there was a foul at all, but LEADBITTER was allowed to step up and lash home the penalty.

Deep into stoppage time, Reed fired inches past the post with the aid of a deflection and Thompson glanced the resulting set-piece wide. Posh pushed for a deserved leveller, but one was not forthcoming.

Sunderland: Burge, Flanagan, Willis, Wright, Maguire (sub O’Brien 37min), Wyke (sub Graham 70min), Gooch (sub McLoughlin 90min), O’Nien, Scowen, Leadbitter, Hume. Unused subs: Matthews, Diamond, Griff, Xhemajh

Posh: Pym, Butler, Beevers, Thompson, Kent, Broom (sub Ward 70min), Taylor, Reed, Szmodics (sub Jones 86min), Dembele, Clarke-Harris. Subs: Gyollai, Eisa, Hamilton, Brown, Mason.

Half-time: Sunderland 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Sunderland 1-0 Peterborough United

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