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Preston North End v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s fixture at Deepdale.

20 August 2021

Preston North End's Deepdale Stadium Paul Currie/BPI/Shutterstock
Preston North End's Deepdale Stadium

Posh head north to face Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday with a trip to Deepdale to face Preston North End (3pm) as Darren Ferguson’s men look to finish a positive week with another good performance against a side currently propping up the rest after the opening three fixtures.

A victory over Derby County and a point against Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City at the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday night sees Posh in mid-table going into the clash with Frankie McAvoy’s Preston side who were beaten 1-0 by Huddersfield Town in mid-week.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of skipper Mark Beevers due to a hamstring injury picked up against the Bluebirds. He was undergoing a scan at the time of the pre-match press conference, so the length of time he will be out is unknown at this point.

Jorge Grant, who missed the draw against Cardiff with an ankle knock, is back in the squad, while Sammie Szmodics is also available after returning to training following the birth of his daughter. Jack Taylor (hamstring) is unlikely to be involved while striker Ricky-Jade Jones faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

Preston are without the services of winger Tom Barkhuizen as he is currently self-isolating due to Covid-19. Former Posh defender Andrew Hughes is expected to line up against his former club at left-back.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Deepdale is always a tough place to go. Preston are an established Championship side, they have good players and although it has been a tricky start, it has just been three games. For us, we want to end the week in a positive manner, we are going there to get three points and that would top off a good week for us,” Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“They lost their first game but they’ve come back well. They turned it around against Derby with two late goals, and obviously the other night they were 2-0 up and looking convincing against Cardiff City who are another good team as well, and unfortunately they’ll probably be disappointed that they’ve dropped two points from a good winning position.

“But they’re a good team, Darren’s done really well with them. [They have] good front players and they’ve got real energy around the team so it’ll be a really tough game again on Saturday. I’ve sat here many a time and said you don’t have any divine right to win a game, you’ve got to go and earn the right to win it and we’ve got to go and do that on Saturday because anybody on their day can beat anybody in the Championship and for me, it’ll be a formidable game. I hope that we’re up for a challenge. I believe myself that we’re good enough to go and win the game, but it’s okay sitting here and saying that, what we need to do is do it,” Preston boss Frankie McAvoy said.

TICKET NEWS

As of 9am on Friday, 539 tickets had been sold to Posh fans. The game is not all-ticket and there is no price rise on the day. Supporters are advised that they can purchase tickets with cash or card at Deepdale, however, all food and drink purchases in the concourses must be done by card.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in the blue PUMA home kit.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Dean Whitestone is the referee for Saturday’s game.

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Match Reports

Solitary Goal Condemns Posh To Defeat

A first half header from Patrick Bauer condemns Posh to defeat.

21 August 2021

Harrison Burrows in action against Preston North End Joe Dent / theposh.com
Harrison Burrows in action against Preston North End

A first half header from Patrick Bauer condemns Posh to defeat.

Peterborough United slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Deepdale against Preston North End as a first half header from Patrick Bauer earned the hosts all three points from an entertaining encounter with Darren Ferguson’s men’s second half performance catching the eye without yielding any points.

Josh Knight, deployed as one of three centre backs, made a brave block to deny Ben Whiteman from range on nine minutes as the hosts made an assured start. The hosts found the breakthrough on 14 minutes as a free-kick from Ledson was met by a bullet header from BAUER and despite the best efforts of Pym, it found the back of the net.

Daniel Johnson fired over when off balance on 31 minutes after a pass from Knight was intercepted by the midfield man. Whiteman struck the crossbar from the edge of the box with a controlled volley moments later as the hosts enjoyed a strong spell.

Sinclair was through on goal on 34 minutes, but Pym kept out his effort with his legs. Kent sliced a shot wide at the other end after good work in a tight area from Dembele. There were two minutes added on, but Posh saw out those 120 seconds without any issues.

Dembele saw a shot cleared off the line by Van Den Berg after incredible close control in the box on 50 minutes before Burrows and Butler both saw efforts blocked by courageous defenders.  Grant then curled a free-kick from 25-yards over the top after Dembele was upended on the edge of the box.

Pym was well placed to keep out a curling shot from Johnson from 25-yards on 55 minutes after Posh were dispossessed in a dangerous area. Pym was called upon to deny Sinclair with his legs moments later before Whiteman fired wide from distance.

Darren Ferguson made a double change on 65 minutes with Jack Marriott and Sammie Szmodics introduced for Dembele and Burrows. Pym did well to tip over a close-range header from Bauer as Preston caused plenty of problems from corner kicks.

Kent glanced a Grant free-kick over the top on 75 minutes after Marriott did well to win a free-kick by the touch-line. Substitute Riis was causing plenty of problems, he wriggled into the box but again was kept out by the legs of goalkeeper Pym.

Marriott dragged a shot wide from just inside the box after linking superbly with Clarke-Harris on 78 minutes as Joel Randall was introduced as the final Posh change, Josh Knight withdrawn in an attacking move.

In stoppage time, Johnson cut inside and fired wide of the near post as the hosts came close to a second goal while in the final seconds, Clarke-Harris couldn't stretch enough to divert a cross past the keeper.

Preston: Iversen, Van Den Berg, Whiteman, Bauer, Johnson, Storey, Hughes, Ledson, Maguire (sub Potts 78min), Sinclair (sub Riis 67min), Earl. Unused subs: Rudd, Cunningham, Bayliss, Rafferty, Rodwell-Grant.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Thompson, Kent, Knight (sub Randall 77min), Ward, Burrows (sub Szmodics 65min), Grant, Norburn, Dembele (sub Szmodics 65min), Clarke-Harris. Unused subs: Cornell, Edwards, Tomlinson, Barker.

Half-time: Preston North End 1-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Preston North End 1-0 Peterborough United

Referee: D. Whitestone

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