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Big Preview: Peterborough United vs Southend United

22 March 2019

Peterborough United vs Southend United...

Southend travel to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow afternoon to take on Peterborough United in a crunch game for both sides as we reach the business end of the season. 

Blues find themselves outside the relegation zone only on goal difference, but with just three points separating 21st up to 12th, every point is vital if Chris Powell’s side are to steer clear of the drop.

In the last week, Peterborough’s chase for a play-off spot has been dealt a huge blow following three straight defeats to Bradford, Wimbledon and Coventry.  

But the Posh are still very much in the hunt for promotion, sitting just two points below the top-six and they’ll be looking to keep their hopes alive by avoiding a fourth successive defeat. 

Peterborough United: LLLWLW

Southend United: LLDLDD

8th September 2018: Southend United (Hopper, McLaughlin) 2 vs 3 (Godden 2, Toney) Peterborough United

3rd February 2018: Peterborough United 0 vs 1 (Demetriou) Southend United

6th December 2017: Peterborough United (Edwards, Maddison) 2 vs 0 Southend United

Blues will be without full-back Jason Demetriou on Saturday after he was called up to the Cyprus squad for this week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers, meaning Elvis Bwomono is in line for a recall.

Fellow defender Harry Lennon is rated 50/50 after picking up a groin problem, leaving the door open for Taylor Moore to slot in either as part of a back three or back four.

Midfielder Stephen McLaughlin is out for a number of weeks thanks to a calf injury, while striker Stephen Humphrys waits for the all clear to return to training following surgery last week.

Posh have Siriki Dembele back in training and boss Darren Ferguson has confirmed that the midfielder will be in the squad after being out with a knee injury.  

Defenders Rhys Bennett and Jason Naismith are both carrying knocks so will be assessed ahead of the weekend, while Ryan Tafazolli is available again after missing last weekend through illness. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“On one hand that helps [12th to 21st being separated by three points], because one result absolutely changes the picture, but it wouldn’t change it for long. Sometimes you think, going up to 12th gets you away from it, but it clearly doesn’t.

“This isn’t one where it’s done and dusted in a game or two, this is going to go right down to the wire for everyone. Of course, you want to try and get yourself away from it, because just looking at the table can give you negative thoughts.

“But with our goal difference, three points and results going our way, it can shoot you up. This one is one where everyone has to keep as calm as they can but we have to strive to turn it around and get points.”

Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United:

“We’ve got to get going again and we’ve stuttered in the last week in terms of when you’ve got three games in one week, to lose all three is a big blow. So, we have to go again.

“We’ve got two home games coming up, starting with Saturday, and we’ve got to be positive as a team and get a result.

“To get the best out of a player, they’ve got to relax and not clam up and we’ve had good chats [on Monday] in terms of moving forward quickly and the week’s been good.”

Tickets for the Peterborough fixture will go off sale at 3pm on Friday 22 March, any tickets that have not been collected by this time will be sent to Peterborough to collect on the day of the game.

These will be available to collect from the ticket collection booth which is located opposite the Main Ticket Office.

Tickets will be available on the day of the match and can be purchased by cash or card but please be aware of a price increase.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Peterborough 2-0 Southend

23 March 2019

Southend’s troubles continued as they fell to a 2-0 defeat on the road to Peterborough United, thanks to goals from Marcus Maddison and Ben White.

Blues struggled to create anything clear in front of goal and Posh took a deserved lead before the break when Maddison’s free-kick flew past the despairing dive of Mark Oxley.

The home side had the ball in the net again after the break, but Ivan Toney’s effort was ruled out for offside before White nodded Posh further in front after another Maddison free-kick was parried.

Chris Powell’s side looked short of ideas to get back into the game while his opposite number gleefully watched on as Peterborough picked up a big three points for their promotion push.

The visitors, on the other hand, remain in the thick of a relegation battle, remaining outside the drop-zone still on goal difference with seven league games remaining.

The Southend boss had described today’s visit to Peterborough as the first of eight cup finals as Blues looked to steer themselves clear of the drop-zone, following a run of 10-games without a win, dating back to mid-January and a win at Bradford City.

And after last weekend’s defeat to AFC Wimbledon, Powell made six changes to his starting line up with Elvis Bwomono, Michael Kightly, Dru Yearwood, Sam Mantom, Taylor Moore and Charlie Kelman all coming in as Blues shaped up in a 4-4-2 formation.

In front of them was a Posh side who made four changes and whose chase for a top-six spot had been hampered by just two wins in their last nine, and three defeats in a row, but the home side started brightly and had three clear-cut chances in a matter of seconds early in the first-half.

Blues were lucky to survive as Ivan Toney’s header was tipped onto the crossbar by Mark Oxley. As the ball bounced down off the woodwork, Ben White’s effort was blocked by Elvis Bwomono before Oxley denied Toney again with another header all in the space of 15 seconds.

Backed by a vociferous travelling support, in part thanks to the free travel laid on for Blues fans by the club, Southend could only create half-chances with Simon Cox’s header over the crossbar the best Chris Powell’s side could muster before the break.

Peterborough remained on top for the majority of the opening 45 minutes before deservedly taking the lead through a superb free-kick from Marcus Maddison. Following a foul on Toney by Rob Kiernan, Maddison ripped the ball beyond Oxley from 30-plus-yards to put Posh in front.

Darren Ferguson’s side had the ball in the back of the net again early in the second-half when Toney fired in after Lee Tomlin’s effort was parried by Oxley, only for the referee’s assistant to flag the Posh striker offside and rule the goal out to the relief of the Blues.

But their stay of execution didn’t last long as Peterborough doubled their lead before the hour mark with a Maddison free-kick playing a key part again. From a similar distance to his goal, Maddison’s set-piece dipped in front of Oxley, forcing him to parry with White on hand to head in the rebound.

Southend needed a goal and quick if they were to take anything from Peterborough and they had a great chance through Harry Bunn as he beat the offside trap. Goal side, the midfielder had Cox to pick out in the middle but his low cross was cut out before Sam Hart blazed over the bar.

Blues’ chances were dealt a further blow when Cox was forced to hobble off after picking up a knock in the first-half, being replaced by youngster Emile Acquah for his Southend debut but the teenager wasn’t able to help stem the tide.

Another youngster in Isaac Hutchinson was then introduced for the struggling Michael Kightly but Blues weren’t coming back, seeing their winless run extend to 11-games ahead of another crunch home game against fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town next weekend.   

Peterborough United XI: Chapman, Naismith, Woodyard (C), Tafazolli, White, Reed, Ward (Godden 74’), Toney, Lafferty, Maddison (Dempsey 85’), Tomlin (Dembele 74’). Subs Not Used: O’Malley, Cooper, Denton, Stevens

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Kightly (Hutchinson 79’), Dieng, Cox (Acquah 71’), Kiernan, Yearwood, Mantom (C), Moore, Kelman (Bunn 46’), Hart. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Hyam, Turner, White

Referee: A Young

Assistants: C Walchester & M Smith

Fourth Official: T Kettle

Scorers:

Peterborough United: Marcus Maddison 41’, Ben White 58’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Peterborough United: Ivan Toney 81’

Southend United: Timothee Dieng 45+1’

Attendance: 7,585 (916 Away)

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