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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Peterborough United

16 December 2017

After Thursday night’s 2-0 victory over Hereford FC in the FA Cup 2nd Round, Fleetwood return to league action on Sunday afternoon (3pm) as they host Peterborough United at Highbury.

Cian Bolger’s brace sealed the win at Edgar Street, while last time out for the Posh, they beat National League side Woking in their own FA Cup replay on Tuesday.

Inih Effiong had put the Cards in front at the ABAX Stadium, but goals from Gwion Edwards, Michael Doughty, Marcus Maddison and a double from Jack Marriott sealed win, despite Matt Young bagging a second for Woking.

Uwe Rosler said…

“The turnaround is very fast, with just one or two nights sleep, and then you play the next game. Peterborough are a glamourous team, with glamourous players. They are very good going forward, but also at times, they can be exposed defensively. It will be an exciting game and hopefully, in the end, we will be the winning side.”

Grant McCann said…

"I went to see Fleetwood at Hereford and they played well and deserved to be in the next round of the competition. In previous years, we have struggled at Fleetwood, our performances and results haven’t been great so we know we need to go there and put on a performance. We have five games before our next cup games and they are like cup finals for us.”

The Form Guide

The Posh have lost just once in their last five games in all competitions – a 3-2 defeat to Blackburn Rovers last Saturday.

Fleetwood’s win over Hereford was their second in a row, and they have also only lost once in five.

Posh Last Five: DDWLW

Town Last Five: DDWLW

We’ve Met Before

Of the six league meeting between Town and the Posh, Fleetwood have won three, with two wins for Peterborough and one draw.

Last season, Uwe Rosler’s side won both matches.

Town recorded a 2-0 win at Highbury thanks to a goal from Jack Sowerby and an own goal from Jack Baldwin.

At the ABAX Stadium, the game ended 2-1 to Town, with Bobby Grant and Ash Eastham putting Town two to the good, before Conor Washington scored a consolation.

One To Watch

Striker Jack Marriott is leading the way in the Posh scoring charts with an impressive 17 goals for his side this season. The 23-year-old signed for the Cambridgeshire side from Luton Town in 2015, where he made 79 appearances or the Hatters, scoring 22 times. Marriott started his career with Ipswich Town, but was sent on loan to a number of Football League sides as well as National League Woking on three separate occasions. His 17 goal haul includes two in Tuesday’s FA Cup win, and he also won the League One Player of the Month in August 2017.

Fancy a Bet?

Sky Bet have released their odds for Sunday’s game, and below are just some of the options you have if you fancy a flutter.

Unusually, both Town and United are 13/8 to win the game, with a draw available at 12/5.

Town to repeat their win at Hereford with victory by the same score line against Peterborough can be selected at 12/1, while a win 2-0 win for Peterborough is also available at 12/1.

Devante Cole and Jordy Hiwula are both 6/4 to score in 90 minutes, while Thursday hero Cian Bolger to score again is 7/1.

A full list of odds is available on the Sky Bet website. Please always gamble responsibility.

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Match Reports

Report: Two late goals sees Town lose first home match in eight games

17 December 2017

Two late goals for Peterborough United denied Fleetwood Town all three points as Town lost 3-2 at Highbury on Sunday.

Amari'i Bell gave Uwe Rosler’s side a first half lead with a low driven finish, but Posh got back level early on in the second half through Michael Doughty's header inside the box.

Cian Bolger thought he won the match for the Cod Army with a volley inside the box seven minutes from time, but late strikes from Jack Marriott and Danny Lloyd gave Grant McCann's side an undeserved victory.

Rosler made three chances to the side that beat Hereford 2-0 on Thursday night, with Kyle Dempsey, Lewie Coyle and Nathan Pond coming into the starting line up. Jack Sowerby, Jordy Hiwula and Baily Cargill dropping to the bench.

The home side started off brightly by putting pressure on the Peterborough defence from two consecutive corners. Very similar to Thursday night with George Glendon taking the set piece, he drilled in the corner onto Nathan Pond’s head, but the captain couldn’t direct his header on target.

The visitors first effort of the match was a spectacular one by Marcus Maddison. The attacking midfielder found himself in space just inside the Town half, he saw Alex Cairns off his line, but the shot didn’t cause the goalkeeper any problems.

Moments later Posh had a double chance to open the scoring. Lloyd – who came on for Edwards early on – picked up the ball inside the 18-yard box with his first shot blocked by Bolger. The ball managed to find its way back to the substitute, whose second effort narrowly missing the bottom corner of the goal.

Bell opened the scoring for Town just before the half hour mark. Devante Cole stormed down the left wing, played in a low cross into the box, which was intercepted but the clearance only managed to find Bell, who took on Steven Taylor before slotting the ball in the far corner.

Despite going a goal down, Posh continued to play their football in the Cod Army’s half. After Marriott was brought down by Glendon, up stepped Maddison who went for the top corner on the free kick, but he saw his curling effort denied by Cairns who saw the ball all the way.

Town should have doubled their lead 10 minutes before half-time. Town were patient with their build up play down the right wing, and managed to put a cross into the box. It only to found Taylor, but with a sip eight-yards out, he allowed Cole to pick up the ball, turn and get a shot off at goal. Jonathan Bond saw it wide of his right hand post.

Kyle Dempsey tried his luck from long range with the referee’s whistle about to be blown for the interval; but his strike was straight down the throat of Bond, and Town were a goal to the good at the halfway mark.

McCann’s side got themselves back into the game courtesy of a Michael Doughty header. The midfielder timed his run perfectly into the 18-yard box to latch onto Maddison’s cross and slotted it past Cairns. The away side continued to attack and went close to taking the lead.

Town responded well and went close seconds later through Dempsey. The midfielder was set up by Cole on the edge of the box but he saw his shot go agonising wide of the near post.

In the 77th minute, Glendon received the ball on the edge of the box after a well-worked move from back to front. Bell pushed up high on the left side, pulled it back to Glendon who didn’t have much time to adjust his body, and his tame effort was save comfortably by Bond.

Straight down the other end; Maddison tried his luck again from long range, this time he made Cairns scamper back towards his goal line as the shot dipped at the last minute to hit the top of the crossbar.

Bolger gave Fleetwood the lead with less than ten minutes to go. From a Glendon corner, the ball bounced around the Peterborough box with the defender capitalised on the away team not clearing their lines and struck the ball home on the half volley.

Despite the late goal, Peterborough still had time to get back level at Highbury Stadium. Marriott scored in the 88th minute after a long ball by Maddison alluded the back three of Town. With Cairns coming out, the striker – who now had 18 goals for the season – lifted the ball over the on-rushing keeper to give the Posh fans hope.

The away side stole all three points after a late Maddison free-kick was parried by Cairns, with Lloyd pouncing on the ball to prod it into the back of the net.

With the last kick of the game, Cole found room between the two Posh defenders with Lewie Coyle's cross making its way to the striker. His header looked goal bound, but only hit the crossbar. that was the last attack of the match. 

Town XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Bell, O’Neill (Sowerby 61’), Eastham, Pond © (Hunter 90'), Dempsey, Burns (Hiwula 55’), Bolger, Glendon, Cole

Subs not used: Neal (GK), Maguire, Schwabl, Cargill

Peterborough United XI: Bond (GK), Hughes, Tafazolli (Miller 83’), Edwards (Lloyd 10’), Maddison, Penny, Lopes (Anderson 59’), Doughty, Taylor, Grant.

Subs not used: O’Malley (GK), Baldwin, Forrester, Kanu

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Attendance: 2,273 (136 away).

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