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Middlesbrough v Posh | Match Preview

Posh head to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

14 October 2021

Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium Shutterstock
Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium

Darren Ferguson’s men are back in action on Saturday with a trip to face Middlesbrough.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with a trip north to the Riverside to face Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough as Darren Ferguson’s men look to record their point on the road.

Prior to the international break, Posh were beaten 3-2 by Bristol City at the Weston Homes Stadium, while Boro lost 2-0 at Grant McCann’s struggling Hull City side, who Ferguson’s men face at the MKM Stadium on Wednesday evening.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back skipper Mark Beevers from a hamstring injury with the experienced central defender expected to return to the starting line-up after coming through two weeks of training, which featured an internal fixture.

Ricky-Jade Jones, Jack Marriott and Joel Randall are injured, while Jonson Clarke-Harris is serving the second of a four-match ban.  Manager Darren Ferguson will watch the game from the stands after picking up a one-match touchline ban.

For Boro, Anfernee Dijksteel, Darnell Fisher, Marcus Browne, Sammy Ameobi and Onel Hernandez all out injured at present, while there are concerns over the fitness of recent signings James Lea Siliki and Martin Payero. Defender Lee Peltier is suspended after acculating five cautions.

FROM THE GAFFER

“It is an important week, there is no getting away from that, we have two away games and a home fixture within the week and we have to pick up points. Neil Warnock is a very experienced manager, he has a wonderful enthusiasm for the game, I think I have only come up against him once or twice, but you can see the passion he has for the game. His side will be organised and we know that we have to perform,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITON

“We’ve got a nightmare injury list at the minute, but hey listen, that creates opportunities for people. We’ve got to be really positive and just have a go. We’ve got some good lads at this football club and I think with just a little bit of luck everything changes,” Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock said this week.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets for the game are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. Tickets will be on sale until 3pm on Friday afternoon. The game is not all-ticket and there is no price rise, but fans are advised it is cash only at the Riverside Stadium. As of 3pm on Thursday, 495 tickets had been sold. Fans are advised that anyone who has selected to ‘collect’ their tickets, must do so from the Weston Homes Stadium before 5pm on Friday.

KIT COLOURS

Posh will be in the blue home kit for the game.

IFOLLOW

This weekend's fixture will not be available on iFollow Posh for domestic or international viewers as it has been chosen for live coverage by the EFL's broadcast partners.

MATCH OFFICIAL

John Busby is the match referee.

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Match Reports

Late Goals Condemn Posh To Defeat

Two goals in the last 10 minutes condemned Posh to defeat at the Riverside.

8 Hours ago

Nathan Thompson in action against Middlesbrough Joe Dent / theposh.com
Nathan Thompson in action against Middlesbrough

A tale of two penalties as Posh suffer 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

When you are struggling to create opportunities in open play, the chance to convert from the spot is an appealing prospect, so the decision not to give a spot-kick when Siriki Dembele was clearly upended by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Joe Lumley was a key one in the afternoon on Teeside.

Yes, the penalty might not have been converted, and yes it is hard to predict what might have happened at 1-0 against a side who were struggling themselves to create, but with referee John Busby waving away the protests, it allowed the hosts to take advantage, securing a spot-kick of their own and then finding a second deep in stoppage time.

It was a bright start to the contest at the Riverside Stadium with Sammie Szmodics seeing a low cross-shot blocked while at the other end Payero headed wide from a left-wing centre before McNair fired well over the top from long-range.

Siriki Dembele was on the wrong end of a bad tackle from Howson on 13 minutes, however referee John Busby didn’t give a free-kick with the more pressing concern the fitness of Dembele who was down for a prolonged period receiving treatment from physiotherapist Matt Rogers.

Jack Taylor was cautioned by referee John Busby for a shirt pull on 22 minutes and it was one of the officials who meant there was another hold-up on 26 minutes as the assistant reported an injury and had to be replaced by the fourth official.

Ronnie Edwards was the next man in the book for a push on 34 minutes as a long ball found some space behind the Posh back-line. Jorge Grant headed a Szmodics cross over the top moments later after patient play down the left-hand side from Posh.

Cornell was well placed to keep out a low drive from Tavernier on 41 minutes after he cut inside onto his left-foot. Payero was cautioned for a foul on Taylor as the first half moved into six minutes of added time.

In the final minute of stoppage time, Knight did superbly well to get back on the line to clear from Hernandez after he had skipped inside Knight. Posh should have been given a spot-kick on 48 minutes as Dembele is clearly upended in the box by the keeper, but the referee gave a corner kick to the anger of the supporters in close proximity.

Szmodics was cautioned for a foul moments later, perhaps more in frustration than anything else. Tavernier drilled a shot wide of the near post on 50 minutes after cutting inside onto his left-foot.

Sporar flashed a cross-shot across the box on 55 minutes with the flying Watmore not far away from making a connection in the six-yard box. Ikpeazu nodded a cross over with his head on 66 minutes as Boro made headway down their right hand side.

Cornell did well to keep hold of a fizzing effort from Hernandez on 75 minutes as Posh made a change with Joe Ward replacing Dembele. The home side were awarded a spot-kick on 84 minutes as the referee spotted tussling in the box involving Beevers and Thompson on Bamba and Ikpeazu. MCNAIR stepped up and set Cornell the wrong way from the spot.

The visitors grabbed a second deep into stoppage time as substitute CORBURN swept home from six-yards.

Middlesbrough: Lumley, Bamba, Hernandez, Tavernier, Ikpeazu (sub Jones 73min), McNair, Watmore (sub Siliki 86min), Sporar (sub Coburn 83min), Howson, Crooks, Payero.

Posh: Cornell, Edwards, Beevers, Knight, Butler, Thompson (sub Kanu 88min), Norburn, Taylor, Grant (sub Burrows 77min), Szmodics, Dembele (sub Ward 73min). Unused subs: Blackmore, Kent, Coventry, Tomlinson.

Referee: John Busby
Half-time: Middlesbrough 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Middlesbrough 2-0 Peterborough United

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