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Luton Town v Posh | Match Preview

We look ahead to Saturday’s trip to Kenilworth Road.

6 August 2021

Kenilworth Road, home of Luton Town
Kenilworth Road, home of Luton Town

Posh open their Championship campaign against Luton Town on Saturday afternoon.

It seems an incredibly long time since Peterborough United secured automatic promotion following the dramatic last gasp Jonson Clarke-Harris spot-kick deep into stoppage time against Lincoln City, but on Saturday, Darren Ferguson’s men finally open their Sky Bet Championship campaign with a trip to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town (3pm).

It will also be the first time that the wonderful Posh supporters get the opportunity to see their side in competitive action in 2021 with only two games in front of fans last term, a 4-1 success over Rochdale and an EFL Trophy tie with West Ham United.

Luton Town are managed by Nathan Jones, a man in his second spell in charge and once again, he has proved incredibly successful. They have made some notable signings in the summer including experience in the form of Cameron Jerome and youth in the shape of former Wycombe Wanderers front man Admiral Muskwe.

TEAM NEWS

Posh will leave it late before making a decision on the fitness of midfielders Jack Taylor and Siriki Dembele with both nursing injuries, hamstring for Taylor and Achilles for Dembele. Recent additions Kwame Poku and Joel Randall are pushing for starts while Jack Marriott and Jonson Clarke-Harris have both got important minutes in the last seven days after battling back to fitness after nursing injuries over the summer.

Luton have made some strong additions over the close season, creating a squad with youth and experience although the loss of James Collins to Cardiff City will be a blow. However, Morecambe winger Carlos Mendes Gomes is an eye-catching signing and he is expected to make his Hatters bow.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Luton will be a good benchmark for us. They are an established Championship club who have made some good signings over the summer. They play in a similar way, they have a lot of intensity to their game and it should be an entertaining game. We have to make sure we manage the first 15 minutes because I expect it to be lively especially with the return of supporters. I can’t wait for the game, I am excited for it,” Darren Ferguson said.

TICKET NEWS

The game is a complete sell-out. Posh fans snapped up just over 1,000 tickets, which were allocated, before they went on general sale.

IFOLLOW

You can only watch the game on iFollow if you are an overseas supporter. No match passes are available in the UK.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

On Saturday there are some planned tributes, one of which will be a minute’s applause before kick-off to allow all supporters to show their respects to fellow fans that have sadly passed during the 18 months since we last attended a fixture. All supporters are urged wherever possible to arrive on Saturday with enough time to be seated for this tribute.

Supporters are reminded that Kenilworth Road is now a cashless stadium and only card payments can be accepted in all areas of the ground. Programmes will still be available with card purchase.   

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Andy Woolmer.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in the home kit.

 

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Match Reports

Posh Beaten On Opening Day By Hatters

Posh beaten 3-0 by Luton Town on the opening day.

7 August 2021

Jonson Clarke-Harris in action against Luton Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jonson Clarke-Harris in action against Luton Town

Darren Ferguson’s men punished for mistakes as Luton Town claim a 3-0 opening day win.

The fans were back at Kenilworth Road, but Peterborough United were unable to notch an opening day success as Luton Town ran out 3-0 winners to condemn Darren Ferguson’s men to defeat.

Goalkeeper Simon Sluga had a heart in mouth moment inside the opening ten minutes as he allowed a back-pass to roll under his boot, but he managed to get back to clear with goalline technology confirming the ball didn’t cross the line.

Jordan Clark headed wide of the target on 12 minutes after a right-wing centre as Luton came close to the breakthrough. Defender Frankie Kent was cautioned on the quarter hour mark for a late tackle on Fred Onyedinma after a careless pass across midfield.

Jorge Grant sent a 25-yard effort wide of the target on 23 minutes as Posh created a bit of space down the left with Joe Tomlinson.  The Hatters opened the scoring on the half hour mark as a cross from the right was nodded home at the back post by Elijah ADEBAYO, the effort seemed to creep in via the inside of the post.

Sluga did well to beat away a stinging Tomlinson effort from range on 40 minutes before the keeper did well to smother a Clarke-Harris effort from a Butler cross as Posh came close to levelling the scores. Posh had appeals for a spot-kick turned down on 49 minutes following a Grant corner kick, but referee Mr Woolmer turned the appeals down.

Josh Knight was cautioned for a foul on 55 minutes. Darren Ferguson made a change just before the hour mark with Joel Randall replacing Joe Tomlinson. Ethan Hamilton replaced Josh Knight moments later as Ferguson shuffled his pack again.

Skipper Beevers was cautioned for a shirt tug on 64 minutes and moments later the Hatters were two goals to the good as Harry CORNICK tapped home from close-range from a low left-footed centre. The hosts extended their advantage on 71 minutes as ONYEDINMA rammed home a rebound after Pym had made the initial save.

Luton Town: Slugal, Bree, Naismith, Cornick (sub Muskwe 77min), Adebayo, Mpanzu (sub Lansbury 84min), Clark, Campbell, Onyedinma (sub Gomes 81min), Bell, Osho. Unused subs: Shea, Rea, Kioso, Jerome.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Thompson, Beevers, Kent (sub Edwards 68min), Grant, Knight (sub Hamilton 61min), Ward, Tomlinson (sub Randall 59min), Szmodics, Clarke-Harris. Unused subs: Cornell, Burrows, Kanu, Jones.

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Half-time: Luton Town 1-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Luton Town 3-0 Peterborough United
Attendance:
10,019 (1,032 Posh fans)

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