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Posh v Birmingham | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s ALL-TICKET clash with Birmingham City.

16 September 2021

Posh host Birmingham City at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet Championship action.

Peterborough United welcome Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham City to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet Championship action (3pm) with the biggest crowd since 2019 expected as the Blues will be backed by just under 4,000 supporters.

Darren Ferguson’s men go into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Reading on Tuesday night, while the Blues were beaten 4-1 at home by promotion favourites Fulham 24 hours later. Birmingham have enjoyed a 5-1 away win already this term, Luton Town the team well beaten at Kenilworth Road.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of skipper Mark Beevers due to a hamstring injury, while teenage front man Ricky-Jade Jones is side-lined with a knee injury. Striker Jack Marriott will undergo a scan on his hamstring on Thursday afternoon with Ferguson fearing he could be spending a long spell on the treatment table.

Summer signing Joel Randall has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks after suffering a thigh injury, but midfielder Jack Taylor is now ready to start matches after working his way back to full fitness following a hamstring injury.

Birmingham strengthened their squad ahead of the transfer deadline with the arrival of experienced front man Troy Deeney and he scored his first goal in that defeat to the Cottagers. Deeney is pushing for a start with Scott Hogan under threat in the starting line-up. Chuks Aneke is another pushing for a berth, but they have good strength in depth in attack.

FROM THE GAFFER

“My job at the moment is to make sure the players keep believing and make sure I keep the standards correct. The players can’t feel sorry for themselves, they need to continue to work hard and if they keep doing that, I am happy to take the pressure off them, take any criticism as I am the manager because I am confident with this group of players things will turn. Lee Bowyer has done a really good job at Birmingham, they had some excellent results against some big clubs last season to stay up and they’ve made a good start this season. They play to their strengths. I am sure that they will want to play in our half and we need to focus on ourselves. It will be a cracking atmosphere, if I was a player, I would want to be playing in these games,” Darren Ferguson said.

TICKET NEWS

The game is ALL-TICKET for Posh fans. Tickets can be purchased at www.theposhtickets.com or via the Weston Homes Box Office, which is open from 9am until 5pm. Birmingham have sold out their allocation of just under 4,000 and will occupy the Deskgo Stand, as well as the away section of the North Stand.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Jarred Gillett.

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Match Reports

Superb Posh Secure Comfortable Home Victory

Posh put in a superb performance to beat Birmingham City 3-0 at the Weston Homes Stadium.

18 September 2021

Jonson Clarke-Harris celebrates scoring his goal against Birmingham City Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jonson Clarke-Harris celebrates scoring his goal against Birmingham City

Darren Ferguson’s men put in a wonderful performance to secure three points as the Blues were well beaten at the Weston Homes Stadium.

It was an excellent start for Darren Ferguson’s men who opened the scoring inside the first two minutes as Dan Butler picked out Siriki Dembele and his low cross was turned past his own goalkeeper by Harlee DEAN.

Troy Deeney headed over from a left-wing centre on 19 minutes as the visitors came close to a response. Jorge Grant fired over from 30-yards after good hold-up play from Clarke-Harris on 24 minutes.

Moments later, Dembele drilled a shot from a similar distance over the top after excellent play in the approach from a number of Posh players. A wonderful pass from Grant picked out the onrushing Taylor on the half hour mark, the midfielder managed to nick the ball past the keeper, but it was a tight angle and that initial chance was snuffed out, Dembele’s eventual effort was deflected wide.

On 34 minutes, Posh doubled the lead as Grant burst between the Blues back four, he dribbled across the box and was upended in the area by Woods. Jonson CLARKE-HARRIS stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot for his second goal of the campaign.

Gary Gardner fired a half volley from 25-yards wide of the target as the first half moved into four minutes of injury time. The visitors made a double change at the break with Sunjic and Sanderson introduced by Lee Bowyer.

Posh made it 3-0 on 48 minutes as a pass from Deeney hit his own man and rebounded for Dembele, he advanced down the left, timed his pass to GRANT to perfection and the midfielder did the rest, firing low into the bottom corner.

Birmingham were reduced to 10-men on 65 minutes as Gardner was shown a straight red card for a horrendous challenge on Nathan Thompson. Aneke dragged a shot well wide on 67 minutes as the Blues continued to push players forward despite the numerical disadvantage.

Frankie Kent was cautioned for a late foul on 70 minutes and from the resulting set-piece, when recycled, Aneke diverted a shot over the bar from close-range. Darren Ferguson made his first change on 72 minutes with Conor Coventry replacing the excellent Taylor.

Sammie Szmodics and Harrison Burrows replaced Dembele and Grant, who both received standing ovations from the home faithful. Cornell produced a fine stop to keep out Deeney on 85 minutes after he muscled his way into the box.

Posh: Cornell, Edwards, Butler, Thompson, Kent, Taylor (sub Coventry 72min), Clarke-Harris, Dembele (sub Burrows 82min), Grant (sub Szmodics 82min), Norburn, Ward. Unused subs: Blackmore, Knight, Kanu, Tomlinson.

Birmingham: Sarkic, Colin, Pedersen, Roberts (sub Sanderson 46min), Woods, Chong, Jutkiewicz (sub Aneke 58min), Bela (sub Sunjic 46min), Dean, Gardner, Deeney. Unused subs: Trueman, Friend, Hogan, McGree,

Half-time: Peterborough United 2-0 Birmingham City
Full-time: Peterborough United 3-0 Birmingham City
Attendance: 11,898 (3,965 Birmingham fans)
Referee: J. Gillett

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