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Posh v West Bromwich Albion | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday evening’s clash with West Bromwich Albion.

26 August 2021

Posh Fans back at the Weston Homes Stadium Joe Dent / theposh.com
Posh Fans back at the Weston Homes Stadium

Posh welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday night (8pm).

Peterborough United entertain West Bromwich Albion at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday evening (8pm) in Sky Bet Championship action with the game televised live by Sky Sports, the second home fixture to attract the cameras.

The Baggies changed their entire XI for their midweek defeat to Arsenal in the second round of the Carabao Cup and were heavily beaten at the Hawthorns, but they have been excellent in the league so far as they try and ensure it is a short stay in the Championship.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of skipper Mark Beevers (hamstring) and striker Ricky-Jade Jones (knee) while midfielder Jack Taylor is unlikely to feature with Darren Ferguson expected to have him available for selection following the international break as he battles back to full fitness after a hamstring injury.

West Brom are expected to be without striker Callum Robinson and goalkeeper David Button who are both isolating through Covid-19. Defender Matt Clarke is injured due to a hamstring problem, but the Baggies have strengthened this week with the arrival of Jordan Hugill on a loan deal from Norwich City.

FROM THE MANAGER

“We worked so hard to get promoted to the Championship and games like Saturday evening are the reason why. No disrespect, but we don’t want to play in front of 2,000 fans, we want big crowds, big atmospheres and it will be just that on Saturday. West Brom are a powerful team, we will have to match that, but we need to impose our game onto them, we need to play with belief, our home record is good, we want that to continue,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“They (the fans) understood our priority this season is clearly the Championship,” West Brom manager Valerien Ismael said after the 6-0 defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday evening. “At the end they applauded the young lads for their performance. The guys tried to give everything. Now we move on and the focus is on Saturday and Peterborough.”

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Box Office. West Brom fans will occupy the Deskgo Stand and had sold just under 2,000 tickets at 9am on Thursday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

There will be a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off as we remember former player Robbie Cooke and those Posh fans that have lost their lives during the pandemic. That will also appear on the big screen with a number of those supporters remembered 10 minutes ahead of kick-off and some during the applause.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The match referee is James Linington

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Match Reports

Late Baggies Goal Breaks Posh Hearts

Posh beaten in the final minute as Baggies secure all three points.

28 August 2021

Jonson Clarke-Harris in action against West Brom Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jonson Clarke-Harris in action against West Brom

Posh put in a tremendous shift against the Baggies, but goal deep into stoppage time earns visitors the points.

Nobody leaving the Weston Homes Stadium would have begrudged Peterborough United a point, but football can be cruel at times and again, for the second time in the opening month of Sky Bet Championship football, a late goal broke Posh hearts and this time it left them with nothing as West Bromwich Albion stole all three points.

After a lively start, it was Posh who won the first corner kick and from it, Jonson Clarke-Harris nodded over from a Joe Ward centre under severe pressure around the penalty spot. Referee James Linington produced a yellow card on seven minutes for a challenge by Oliver Norburn on Grady Diangana.

Grant fired over the top on the quarter of an hour mark after a short corner nearly caught Posh out as the game began to settle down. Christy Pym made a fine stop to keep out a fierce drive from Grant on 18 minutes before a deep cross was headed over by Furlong under pressure from a number of Posh defenders.

Sam Johnstone in the Baggies goal was well placed to keep out a curler from Marriott on 40 minutes after the striker did well to win a 50-50 with Ajayi. Harrison Burrows sliced a shot over the top two minutes before the break from 25-yards as Posh kept alive a free-kick from deep by Ward.

Three minutes of added time was indicated by the fourth official and Posh defended their box as the ball came in during that period of time. Both sides made changes at the break, Adam Reach introduced for the Baggies while Darren Ferguson brought on Jack Taylor for the cautioned Norburn.

Jordan Hugill, a loan arrival from Norwich City was thrown into the fray just before the hour mark and a long throw nearly yielded the breakthrough but Posh did well to clear under their own crossbar. The visitors were getting closer and closer, Pym producing a fine stop to keep out Ajayi who fired the rebound into the outside of the post.

Johnstone was cautioned by the referee for some blatant gamesmanship as he prevented Joe Ward from taking a quick throw.  Mowatt and Thompson both went into the book for separate incidents as the second half reached the midway point.

Hugill headed over at the back post on 82 minutes after another long throw was hurled into the Posh box. Posh were defending manfully but they were undone with a sucker punch deep into stoppage time as centre back AJAYI turned home a cross from Phillips to send the visiting fans home happy.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Thompson, Kent, Szmodics, Clarke-Harris, Grant (sub Knight 79min), Marriott (sub Dembele 58min), Burrows, Norburn (sub Taylor 46min) Ward. Unused subs: Blackmore, Edwards, Tomlinson, Randall.

West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Townsend, O’Shea, Bartley (sub Reach 46min), Ajayi, Livermore, Phillips, Grant, Diangana (sub Hugill 56min), Mowatt. Unused subs: Palmer, Snodgrass, Taylor, Fellows, Gardiner-Hickman.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
Full-time: Peterborough United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Referee: James Linington
Attendance: 10,163 (2,070 West Brom fans)

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