Posh welcome Portsmouth to the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Peterborough United entertain Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One action on Tuesday night (7pm) with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to bounce back from the home reverse to league leaders Hull City seven days ago.
Ethan Hamilton was dismissed in the first half of that clash with the Tigers, but Ferguson would have been happy with his side’s showing in the opening 20 minutes when Reece Brown had given the hosts the lead following an excellent start.
Pompey have had a difficult few days after being beaten on penalties in last season’s Papa John’s Trophy final to Salford at Wembley Stadium with the Sky Bet League Two side securing the success on penalty kicks.
Following that loss, the board at Fratton Park decided to part company with manager Kenny Jackett with Joe Gallen in temporary charge for the game at the Weston Homes Stadium with a number of managers, including ex-Millwall chief Neil Harris among those touted for the job.
Posh are without the services of influential midfielder Jack Taylor due to a hamstring injury while teenage defender Ronnie Edwards and teenage playmaker Flynn Clarke both sidelined, the latter until the end of the campaign. Hamilton is suspended following that red-card against Hull, but is available for Saturday’s trip to one of his former clubs, Rochdale.
Pompey will be hopeful that striker John Marquis will be fit after he picked up a knock during the extra-time period of the clash with Salford. Ronan Curtis is expected to play while Marcus Holness is set to start after he was among the substitutes in the final.
FROM THE GAFFER
“I watched the game on Saturday that Portsmouth were involved in, obviously things have changed since then with the manager departing and that always adds a bit of mystery in terms of what they will do formation and personnel wise, but it is about how we play, and we affect the game. Yes, we will look at Portsmouth, but we won’t go on about it. We know that we played well for the opening period against the league leaders last week, there are positives to take and the players were bubbly and raring to go in training. We have a few players nursing knocks and bruises, but we will see where we are on Tuesday,” Darren Ferguson said.
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MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is James Oldham.