A look ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet League One meeting with Bristol Rovers (3pm).
Peterborough United entertain Bristol Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) knowing that a victory over the Pirates will take the fight for a play-off spot to the final day.
Defeat last time out against Ipswich Town means Darren Ferguson’s men go into the clash with Joey Barton’s men just outside the play-off positions with the Pirates currently occupying a slot in mid-table following a 2-0 defeat to promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle in midweek.
Defender Nathan Thompson remains side-lined with an ankle injury, but manager Darren Ferguson did suggest that the former Portsmouth man could be available for a play-off semi-final appearance should Posh reach them.
Joe Ward came through the defeat to Ipswich Town with no adverse effects following a foot injury. He was a little unwell ahead of that game, but has trained all week and is looking ‘fresh’ according to the boss.
Hector Kyprianou has recovered from a knock sustained against the Tractor Boys and Ricky-Jade Jones is also back in full training. Bristol Rovers will be without Antony Evans, who was sent off against Plymouth following two bookings.
ONE TO WATCH
Aaron Collins (pictured below) was named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Season at the EFL awards last Sunday night, pipping Jonson Clarke-Harris and Sheffield Wednesday’s Barry Bannan to the trophy. Collins has enjoyed a fine individual campaign, in double figures for goals and assists and is expected to lead the line alongside Josh Coburn.
FROM THE GAFFER
“I said that there would be plenty of twists and turns in this play-off race and there has been and I suspect there may still be in the last two games. We need to take care of our own business. Bristol Rovers is a tricky game because they have players that can hurt you at the top end of the pitch. We have to get our level of performance right. Hopefully we can do that and the result takes care of itself,” Darren Ferguson said.
Tickets are selling incredibly well, so if you have yet to purchase a ticket, do so now at www.theposhtickets.com or via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office. The Deskgo Stand is available for Posh fans with Bristol Rovers supporters accommodated in the away section of the North Stand with just under 700 sold to date.
Match passes are available to purchase for £10 for overseas subscribers with audio passes available worldwide for £2.50.
PLAYED FOR BOTH
There have been a host of players to have turned out for both clubs including of course, Posh skipper Jonson Clarke-Harris (pictured below middle) and midfielder Oliver Norburn. The list of the other players include;
Bradley Allen, Harry Anderson (pictured below left, Wayne Andrews, Jack Baldwin, Aidy Boothroyd, Paul Bradshaw, Guy Branston, Ryan Broom, Aaron Chapman, Paul Coutts, Joe Day, Mathew Gill, Guiliano Grazioli, Rene Howe, Mark Little, Jeff Hughes, Graham Hyde, Luke James, Josh Low, Scott McGleish, Mark McKeever, Tom Nichols, Erhan Oztumer, Chris Plummer, James Quinn, Scott Rendell, Justin Richards, Michael Smith (pictured below right), Worrell Sterling, Stuart Taylor, Ciaran Toner, Lee Thorpe, Elliott Ward and Calum Willock.
Craig Mackail-Smith scored a hat-trick in a 5-4 victory Bristol Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium back in 2008. You can watch highlights of the game here.
Posh will be wearing the blue home kit for the fixture.
If you can’t make the game, you can follow all of the action in a number of ways.
- Live match updates on our official Twitter feed @theposh.
- Behind the scenes coverage and updates on our official Instagram story.
- Keep up to date with minute-by-minute updates on our Live Match Centre here.
- Download the official Peterborough United app to get all of the action direct to your smartphone.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Darren Drysdale.