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Port Vale v Posh: Match Preview

16 October 2015

Peterborough United head to Vale Park on Saturday in Sky Bet League One action (3pm).

Graham Westley will take his Peterborough United side to face Port Vale on Saturday seeking a fourth successive away win after victories at Oldham Athletic, Bradford City and Swindon Town in recent weeks.

Posh are currently on the fringes of the play-off positions going into the fixture against the Valiants and Westley knows there is one aspect of the fixture that his side need to deal with.

'Port Vale's pitch is one of the biggest that you are going to play on and that means that you need to be good at retaining possession of the football and be athletic in your team and I feel we have that in our squad.

'It’s a tough game for us tomorrow. We have won two games in a row, but what’s gone before doesn’t matter tomorrow. Winning after winning is all about starting again. We have shown we know how to win though and that’s a vital skill to have.'

The Posh boss is without the services of Erhun Oztumer who is serving the final match of his three-game ban while Kgosi Ntlhe (toe), Joe Gormley (knee), Harry Beautyman (thigh) and Jack Baldwin (knee) are all unavailable, but the latter two are now back in training.

Port Vale goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with the League One club. Alnwick, 22, signed initially on a short-term contract following an eve-of-season ankle injury suffered by Chris Neal, Vale's first-choice goalkeeper for the past three seasons.

The ex-Newcastle keeper has extended his stay until the summer of 2018 and will of course come up against big brother Ben at Vale Park.

Anthony Grant will sit out the game due to suspension. The midfielder has to serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season in last weekend's 1-0 loss at Southend.

His place could be taken by Michael O'Connor, who is in contention for his maiden first-team appearance of the season having featured for the reserves recently as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Defender Remie Streete should be available after missing the Southend game having suffered a blow to the head.

The game is not all-ticket for Posh fans and there is no price rise on the day. As at 1030am, Posh had sold 206 tickets in advance for the fixture.



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