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Big Preview: Peterborough United vs Southend United

6 December 2017

Peterborough United vs Southend United

Southend United will look to take one step further to a Wembley appearance tonight as they travel to Peterborough United in the last-32 of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Blues finished second in their group, behind Gillingham, whilst Grant McCann’s side were rewarded with a home tie at the ABAX Stadium after pipping Northampton to top spot in their group.

Following the initial group stage, it is now a knockout competition and should tonight’s tie finish level at full time then the match will go straight to penalties to decide a winner.  

Whoever comes out on top will join last night’s winners in the 3rd Round draw, with the likes of Portsmouth, Charlton, Oxford United and Leicester City u21s still in the competition.

Peterborough United: DDLWLW

Southend United: WDDLWL

17th October 2017: Southend United (Fortune) 1 vs 1 Peterborough United (Marriott)

21st February 2017: Peterborough United (Nichols) 1 vs 4 Southend United (Demetriou, Fortune, Wordsworth, Timlin)

1st October 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth) 1 vs 1 Peterborough United (Maddison)

Michael Timlin is available for selection again after he missed out on Saturday’s win over Oldham Athletic with a suspension picked up for five yellow cards.

Stephen Hendrie though will be looking to retain his place at left-back after an impressive display against the Latics, whilst John White is set to come in at centre-half.

Michael Kightly came off on Saturday with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to be risked, whilst Phil Brown will look to give the returning Anthony Wordsworth more minutes.

Peterborough will be without Liam Shepherd for tonight’s game as he continues his recovery from a groin strain. Junior Morias will also miss out with a thigh injury.

And Grant McCann may look to make further changes to his side after saying some of his players “did look a bit tired” following their 1-1 draw with Woking in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;

“The Checkatrade Trophy is a competition that brings finances into the club regardless of what people think.

“Yes, the FA Cup and the League Cup are better payers, but it brings in much-needed finances that we can use in the January window.

“We are three or four steps away from Wembley and for me, it’s a game we need to go into strong and try and win the game.”

Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager;

“Southend are in a rich vein of form at the minute. They have a lot of players in their squad with Championship and League One experience and one or two that have sampled the Premier League.

“They are a good side and will want to go as far as they can in the competition, like ourselves, but we are looking forward to the challenge.

“It is good to be back at home after what feels like an age away from home.”

Tickets for Blues' Checkatrade Trophy game against Peterborough will come off sale today at midday.

You can buy tickets online, from the ticket office or by calling 08444 770077.

Wheelchair and carer tickets are only available from the main ticket office, which you can purchase in person, on 08444 77 00 77 or email tickets@southend-united.co.uk.

Ticket prices do not increase at the ground and supporters can either pay cash on the turnstiles or visit Peterborough's South Stand Ticket Office which is located by the Motorpoint Stand.

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Match Report: Peterborough 2-0 Southend

6 December 2017

Southend were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy after goals from Gwion Edwards and Marcus Maddison saw Peterborough beat Blues 2-0 at the ABAX Stadium.

Blues began the game brightly and created a couple of half-chances, with Amadou Ba testing out Jonathan Bond in the Posh goal with a low drive which was gathered down to his right.

Peterborough would respond with a spell of pressure of their own and their pressure resulted in Grant McCann’s side taking the lead in the 16th minute through Gwion Edwards.

A cross-field pass from Marcus Maddison was left by Anton Ferdinand, expecting Jason Demetriou to clear it behind him only for Edwards to ghost through and slot the ball beyond Mark Oxley.

The home side almost extended their lead shortly after when Maddison stung the palms of Oxley before Chris Forrester’s follow-up tamely went into the arms of the Blues number one.  

Southend went in search of an equaliser and came close to levelling in spectacular fashion when Demetriou let fly from distance, forcing a superb fingertip save from Bond.

Peterborough though should have doubled their advantage when Jack Marriott found space down the left, finding Jermaine Anderson in the six-yard box only for him to somehow miss the target.

Posh continued to be on the front-foot in the second-half and came within an Oxley fingertip of going two in front when Marriott’s strike was tipped onto the post by the Blues ‘keeper.

Seconds later and Posh had a goal disallowed when Anderson headed in a cross at the far post only for his goal to be chalked off by the offside flag.

Somewhat against the run of play, Southend came close to pegging Peterborough back when Jermaine McGlashan’s cross was headed onto the post by Josh Wright.

However, Peterborough would break through for a second time and extend their lead when Maddison scored Posh’s second and put them within touching distance of the last-16.

Maddison picked up the ball on the far right, coming forward with purpose before drilling a low strike across Oxley and into the back of the net just after the hour mark.

The home side then had a string of chances to put the game to bed as the Blues goal led a charmed life with Maddison and Edwards going close three times in quick succession.

Maddison almost grabbed his second with a vicious free-kick from distance that had to be tipped around the post by Oxley. From the resulting corner, Edwards stooped low to head on target only for Oxley to spring across and push the ball wide before another Edwards goal-bound header finally beat Oxley, but was cleared off the line by Demetriou.

Blues were unable to create any clear in front of goal to threaten any sort of a comeback as Peterborough advanced to the last-16 at Southend’s expense.

Blues struggled to carve any clear openings in front of goal with Theo Robinson going close minutes before the end of the match, hitting the side netting as he tried beating Bond at his near post.

Having made all of their subs, Peterborough would finish the game with nine men after Leo Da Silva Lopes limped off before Ryan Tafazolli was taken off on a stretcher in stoppage-time.

Despite the referee signalling eight minutes of injury time, Southend had left themselves too much to do with their night summed up by Nile Ranger hitting the crossbar from six-yards out after Bond had saved from Simon Cox. 

Peterborough United XI: Bond, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin (C), Edwards (Kanu 73’), Forrester, Maddison (Lloyd 78’), Marriott (Miller 73’), Penny, Lopes, Anderson. Subs Not Used: O’Malley, Doughty, Cartwright, Freestone

Blues XI: Oxley, Hendrie, Wordsworth (McLaughlin 65’), Ferdinand (C), Timlin, Ba (Robinson 61’), McGlashan (Cox 75’), Demetriou, Wright, White, Ranger. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Yearwood, Leonard, Bwomono

Referee: J Busby

Assistants: A Da Costa & C Ward

Fourth Official: A Young

Scorers:

Peterborough United: Gwion Edwards 16’, Marcus Maddison 62’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Peterborough United: Ricky Miller 81’, Idris Kanu 83’, Chris Forrester 85’

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 90+6'

Attendance: 1,707

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Peterborough Checkatrade Trophy Tickets Coming Off Sale

6 December 2017

Tickets for Blues' Checkatrade Trophy game against Peterborough will come off sale today at midday...

You can buy tickets online, from the ticket office or by calling 08444 770077.

Wheelchair and carer tickets are only available from the main ticket office, which you can purchase in person, on 08444 77 00 77 or email tickets@southend-united.co.uk.

Ticket prices do not increase on the day and supporters can either pay cash on the turnstiles or visit Peterborough's South Stand Ticket Office which is located by the Motorpoint Stand.

Prices are as follows:

Adults - £5.00

Senior (60+) - £5.00

Under 22 - £5.00

Under 18 - £5.00

Under 12 - £5.00

Under 7 - £1.00

Disabled fans pay the age related price with a free carer if required. Headsets for match commentary are available for visually impaired fans at Peterborough’s Main Reception.

At the ground they have a ticket collection booth which is located opposite the Main Ticket Office, all ticket collections are available from this booth.

For Peterborough travel information click here

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