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Bristol City v Posh: Match Preview

28 December 2012

Posh head to Ashton Gate on Saturday for a vital npower Championship fixture (3pm).

Peterborough United travel to Ashton Gate to face struggling Bristol City in the npower Championship on Saturday (3pm), with Darren Ferguson's men in search of their fourth straight league victory.

Ferguson's men have beaten league leaders Cardiff City and two sides relegated from the Premier League in Bolton Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks and climbed off the bottom of the table in the process.

Bristol City are bottom of the table after their Boxing Day meeting with Watford was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, although club officials are confident Saturday's game will go ahead as planned. The pitch has been covered in recent days.

Ferguson said: 'It is obviously a very important game and we want to continue the momentum from the last three fixtures. As a manager I have to look at the fatigue of the players, but I am very confident that they will be fine.

'Bristol City have lost their last couple of fixtures in front of their own fans so that may have a bearing, so it is up to us to set the tempo and get the ball into our strikers who are playing well together,' Ferguson said.

The Posh boss has been dealt a blow with the news that on-loan midfielder George Thorne has been recalled by parent club West Bromwich Albion. Thorne could be on the bench for the Baggies as they face Manchester United on Saturday.

'It is a blow, but it is an opportunity for someone else to come in and perform. Grant McCann has had a rest and if I choose to select him, then I am sure he will do a good job in there. I have already spoken to George and West Brom about trying to get him back for the rest of the season if he doesn't get into West Brom's team,' Ferguson said.

Ferguson has no fresh injury worries to contend with with only long term absentees Peter Grant and Kgosi Ntlhe on the sidelines. The game is not all-ticket and fans can pay on the turnstiles at Ashton Gate, but there is a price rise.




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