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Posh v Swansea City: Match Preview

22 August 2016

Posh host Premier League side Swansea City in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.

Peterborough United entertain Swansea City at the ABAX Stadium in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night (7.45pm) with the sides meeting for the first time in six years.

The Swans, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, overcame Gary Johnson's men in the same competition (called the Carling Cup back then) 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Scott Sinclair.

Since that night, the Swans have firmly established themselves as a Premier League side and will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's shock 2-0 home reverse to Hull City at the Liberty Stadium.

Posh go into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Oxford United in Sky Bet League One but Grant McCann's men have won back to back Tuesday night fixtures for the first time since August 2013 (a 5-1 success at Colchester followed by a 6-0 win over Reading, both in the League Cup).

The Posh boss is without the suspended Jack Baldwin following his dismissal in the final moments of the defeat to Oxford at the Kassam Stadium. Ryan Tafazolli is still unavailable due to a hamstring injury, but boss McCann has not named his starting line-up as yet.

"We have a few bumps and bruises in the camp and obviously Jack is suspended so I have yet to tell the players the starting line-up. I will sleep on that decision. It will keep everyone on their toes I am sure. Ryan has been doing a lot of work with the physio, in fact a few of the other players have commented it is like he is undertaking a triathlon, but that is what happens when you are working your way back to fitness.

"I am looking forward to the game. It is a cup-tie under the lights at the ABAX Stadium and we have to dictate the atmosphere. We have to set the tone in the stadium with our performance. We know it will be a tough game because Swansea are an excellent side.

"We don't know whether their manager will choose to make changes to his starting line-up but whatever side they put out, we will give them a game. I hate losing football matches, I am the worst in the world. I don't think I talked to my wife on Sunday. However, that defeat is gone, it is in the past and we are looking forward to what lies ahead," McCann said.

Brad Inman and Lee Angol remain long-term absentees but McCann did confirm that skipper Chris Forrester has recovered from a back injury that was troubling him ahead of the Oxford fixture.

"Chris was struggling on Thursday and Friday and to be fair, felt it a bit in the warm-up, but it actually eased as the game progressed. I took him off because he had been cautioned and to be honest, I was thinking of doing the same with Jack and probably should have done. Chris is fine now though," McCann added.

Midfielder Gwion Edwards will be coming up against his former club and although the personnel has changed somewhat, it is still a tie that excites him.

"I came through the youth system at Swansea and there are a few people still at the club from my time there. I will be great to be involved against my former club and hopefully we can get the right result," Edwards said.

You can read the full interview with Gwion in Tuesday's match day programme, which will be available to buy around the ground for £1.50.

You can see the ticket prices for the game here

Tickets are available for the cup-tie at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934* and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office.


*calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee.

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