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Match Preview: Peterborough v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

14 September 2018

Peterborough v Pompey

It is first against second on Saturday as Pompey make the trip to London Road to face table-topping Peterborough.

The sides – like Barnsley, Sunderland and Walsall – remain unbeaten after seven games of the League One campaign.

But it is the Posh currently at the summit, having won six of their fixtures compared to five for the Blues.

The only points dropped by Steve Evans’ men so far this term came in a 1-1 home stalemate with Doncaster at the start of the month.

There have been convincing 4-1 and 5-1 victories at Rochdale and Plymouth respectively, although a late Ivan Toney strike was required to see off Southend last Saturday.

Like Pompey, United finished just outside the play-offs last term and were beaten 2-0 at Fratton Park on the final day.

Evans – who was appointed boss back in February – ripped up his squad over the summer and brought in 18 new players.

Now the Blues will be looking for a better outcome than last season, when Conor Chaplin’s strike proved a mere consolation in a 2-1 defeat.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey will still be without the injured defensive duo of Anton Walkes (groin) and Jack Whatmough (hamstring).

Dion Donohue misses out with a tight hamstring, while Andre Green is also sidelined by a knee problem.

Peterborough have no fitness concerns, with midfielder Callum Cooke available again following an ankle injury.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ronan Curtis or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 9 wins
Peterborough: 7 wins
8 draws

At London Road
Pompey: 3 wins
Peterborough: 2 wins
6 draws

TICKETS
Seats will remain on sale until 4pm on Friday, but cannot be bought at Peterborough on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Peterborough are the 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 17/10.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Scunthorpe
Bradford v Charlton
Burton v Sunderland
Coventry v Barnsley
Fleetwood v Accrington
Luton v Bristol Rovers
Plymouth v Blackpool
Rochdale v Gillingham
Shrewsbury v Southend
Walsall v Doncaster
Wycombe v Oxford

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Peterborough 1 Pompey 2

Hawkins and Lowe send Blues to the League One summit

15 September 2018

Oli Hawkins scores for Pompey at Peterborough United
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey climbed to the top of the League One table after goals from Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe saw off Peterborough.

Both sides were unbeaten going into the contest, but it was the Blues who emerged with that record still intact.

The goals arrived in the second half, with Ronan Curtis continuing his fine start to the campaign by providing a couple of assists.

He teed-up Hawkins for his first goal of the season and then helped Lowe extend the advantage further.

Matt Godden reduced the deficit in stoppage-time, but the visitors held on to secure another three-point haul.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Shrewsbury on home soil the previous week.

Curtis returned from Republic of Ireland international duty to replace the injured Andre Green wide on the left.

The other switch came in the centre of midfield, where Ben Thompson dropped to the bench to make way for Ben Close.

Both sets of fans – including more than 2,500 from the south coast – contributed to a vibrant atmosphere as the game began at a breathless pace.

It was a hectic end-to-end affair, although neither goalkeeper was given much to do in the opening 45 minutes.

An early Christian Burgess header was blocked, while Rhys Bennett hooked over at the other end after Jason Cummings had flicked on Colin Daniel’s delivery.

Hawkins then did well to get on the end of a teasing Lee Brown cross and head narrowly over the bar.

The Peterborough coaching team had found reason to berate the fourth official and referee Roger East gave Steve Evans a ticking off.

But even they did not seem to think anything was amiss when Siriki Dembele went down in the box and half-hearted penalty appeals emerged from the stands.

Posh keeper Aaron Chapman was called into action for the first time midway through the first half and comfortably dealt with a long-range Evans effort.

There was a better opportunity at the other end moments later, with Cummings wastefully firing over when the ball fell kindly to him in the box.

Craig MacGillivray then got down at his near post to keep out a low angled drive from Jason Naismith.

Pompey finished the half brightly, but were lacking a decent final pass and with no time added on, the sides went in level at the break.

Half Time: Peterborough 0 Pompey 0

While the first half had started frantically, there was a more measured approach from both sides when the action restarted.

Evans saw a shot blocked from the edge of the area, while MacGillivray commandingly claimed a Dembele free-kick.

That was for a foul on Cummings by Nathan Thompson, a challenge that earned the right-back the game's first yellow card.

There was a nervy moment when MacGillivray failed to hold a cross from Naismith, but he gratefully gathered at the second attempt.

And it was the visiting army of fans that were celebrating when the Blues broke the deadlock just past the hour mark.

HAWKINS has been in excellent form so far this season and he opened his goalscoring account by meeting Curtis’ cross and guiding home a header.

Pompey then appealed for a penalty when Lowe’s strike hit Ivan Toney on the arm, although it would have been difficult for the Posh substitute to get out of the way.

It mattered not, though, as the visitors did double the advantage just seconds later, with Curtis providing another assist.

He headed Hawkins’ cross back into the mixer and a first-time finish from LOWE nestled comfortably in the net.

There were a smattering of bookings late on as tempers began to fray, but the Blues were looking solid at the back.

Curtis took a knock and limped off towards the end, while seven minutes of added time gave the hosts hope of a comeback.

That grew when Godden took advantage of some sloppy defending to pull one back, but Pompey saw out the closing stages to climb above Peterborough and into top spot.

Peterborough (4-1-2-1-2): Chapman; Naismith, Bennett, Tafazolli, Daniel; Woodyard (c); Ward (Maddison 72), Dembele; O’Hara (Walker 66); Cummings (Toney 59), Godden
Goals: Godden 90+4
Booked: Daniel, Walker
Subs not used: Tyler, Yorwerth, Cooper, Reed

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close (B.Thompson 86), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Haunstrup 90); Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 62, Lowe 75
Booked: N.Thompson, Hawkins, Close, Burgess
Subs not used: McGee, Rose, Wheeler, Pitman, Mason

Referee: Roger East

Attendance: 10,472 (2,513 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Peterborough (A): Ticket Latest

Still time to secure your seat

14 September 2018

Peterborough United

Pompey fans have snapped up more than 2,500 tickets for Saturday’s match at Peterborough.

They are no longer on sale from the Blues, but do not worry if you have yet to secure your seat for top-of-the-table contest.

Peterborough are still selling tickets to visiting supporters via their eticketing site (registration is required).

Pompey fans will also be able to purchase seats in the Main Stand from the Peterborough ticket office from 10am up until midday on Saturday.

Please note that the price for adult tickets increases to £28 if bought on the day of the game.

Supporters collecting tickets should visit the booth next to the Main Stand away turnstiles.

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