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Newport v Posh: Match Preview

9 December 2013

Posh travel to Rodney Parade in the Area semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday evening (7.45pm)

Peterborough United travel to Newport County on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) for the Area semi-final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Darren Ferguson's men make their first visit to Rodney Parade since 1988 and know that a victory would take them into the area finals of the competition.

Posh go into the game on the back of a 5-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers in the second round of the FA Cup, while Newport were on the wrong end of a cup shock as Kiddersminster Harriers won 4-2 at Aggborough.

Midfielder Jack Payne returns to the squad after illness while Kane Ferdinand and Kyle Vassell are also available after missing the weekend win after playing in an earlier round of the competition.

Tommy Rowe, Craig Alcock, Gabriel Zakuani and Danny Kearns remain sidelined, but Joe Newell has travelled with the squad.

Ferguson said: 'Newport are a good side, particularly at home so we know what to expect. They are well organised, hard to break down and have a threat in attack. This is a big game for us, we know that a win will take us into the area final of the competition and that is a big incentive.

'Every player wants to play at Wembley and we are not many games away from that, but we know we have a big obstacle in front of us on Tuesday evening,' Ferguson said.

Former Posh striker Danny Crow is expected to lead the line alongside Connor Washington, who scored a lot of goals in local football.

At 12pm on Monday, Posh had sold just over 100 tickets in advance for the fixture. The game is not all-ticket, but the price does go up on the evening.


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