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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Peterborough United

18 April 2019

Fleetwood Town host promotion play-off hopefuls Peterborough United on Friday afternooand we have all you need to know ahead of the game at Highbury Stadium.

Fixture:  Fleetwood Town v Peterborough United

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Friday 19th April 2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX

Match Officials: Tom Nield (Referee) Christopher Ward and Simon Clayton (Assistants) Kevin Mulraine (Fourth Official).

FLEETWOOD TOWN

Last five results in all competitions: L D W W L

League position in: 11th on 56 points

Clubs top goal scorer: Paddy Madden (18 goals in all competitions)

Joey Barton’s men fell to a 4-2 defeat at Barnsley at the weekend, with the game being one the Cod Army can take many positives from.

Ched Evans and Wes Burns had scored, but Barnsley scored after each of the goals to dent the Cod Army’s hopes of getting anything out of the game.

Evans’ second-half strike took him to just one goal behind this season’s top scorer Paddy Madden, who has found the back of the net 18 times in all competitions.

Barton’s men will look to avoid losing to the Posh twice in one season, as Fleetwood lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at the ABAX Stadium back in October. Their last trip to Fleetwood came back in 2017 during the previous season and they ran out 3-2 winners.

A win for the Cod Army could climb up to 10th in the table- above Fylde Coast rivals Blackpool, who are Fleetwood’s next opponent on Easter Monday.

PETERBOROUGH UNITED

Last five results in all competitions: W W W L L 

League position: 7th on 64 points

Club’s top goal scorer: Ivan Toney (19 goals in all competitions)

The Posh are currently on an unbeaten run of three games, having picked up nine points from their last three outings in the league. Their previous game saw them pick up a 1-0 win over the other Fylde Coast side, Blackpool.

Darren Ferguson’s men have had an inconsistent away form this season and have won two out of their last seven league games, having lost at Bradford and Wimbledon last month, but they have a game in hand on sixth placed Doncaster, who are currently five points clear of them in the table.

Peterborough have enjoyed a better record in games involving them and the Cod Army. Out of the total nine games they have competed in, the Posh have won five of them, losing only three.

Ones to Watch

While Ivan Toney is the club’s highest scorer in all competitions, it is Matt Godden who is the highest scorer for the club in the league. He has found the back of the net 13 times so far in League One, scoring in their win over Gillingham.

As a product of the Scunthorpe United youth academy, Godden has scored eight times in Peterborough’s first ten league games - a goal record he has managed to keep going throughout the current campaign.

The 27-year-old is a highly experienced customer in the lower leagues, having spent not just three spells at Ebbsfleet, but he’s also plied his trade with Gainsborough, Tamworth and Dartford.

Toney will also be crucial for the Posh on Friday as he has 12 goals for Peterborough in the league this season, racking up 19 in all competitions. He certainly knows how to score against Fleetwood, as he found the back of the net for Scunthorpe at Highbury last season in their 3-2 win over the Cods.

DARREN FERGUSON

“Joey Barton is not going to line-up in their team so it is not something that is going to affect us whether he is in the dugout or not on Friday. We are concentrating on our game and trying to get a victory.

“By keeping clean sheets, we are giving ourselves a platform to win football matches and we have players at the top end of the pitch who can score goals.”

WE’VE MET BEFORE

The reverse fixture at the ABAX saw Ferguson’s men pick up a crucial 1-0 win over the Cod Army back in October. Rhys Bennett’s 52nd minute strike was enough to hand the men from Cambridgeshire all three points.

The two sides have met on nine different occasions with Fleetwood winning three of those, Peterborough winning five, and only the one draw taking place.

TICKET INFORMATION

Town supporters can purchase tickets for the game online here and over the phone by calling 01253 775080. Tickets are also available in person at Highbury Stadium or Poolfoot Farm.

Adults - £24 to £28

Senior (65+) - £19 to £23

Under 25 - £19 to £23

Under 16 - £9 to £12

Under 12 - £9 to £12

BETTING ODDS

None of the two teams are clear favourites to win the game, with the Cod Army 6/4 to pick up a win at home.

Darren Ferguson’s men are 17/10 to pick up an away win on Friday, and it could be their second win on the road in just as many games.

If you think that the teams will play out a 1-1 draw, you can get 5/1 on that result.

Click here to find more odds for the game between the Cods and the Posh. Please remember to bet and gamble responsibly.

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Report: Hunter's last minute goal secures a point against Peterborough

19 April 2019

Fleetwood Town rescued a 1-1 draw against play-off pushing Peterborough United courtesy of a late Ash Hunter volley.

The visitors got the first goal of the game in the 64th minute, with Marcus Maddison hitting home at the back post, following Jason Naismith’s cross.

Cod Army substitute Hunter managed to equalise with a beautiful volley into the bottom corner, in the final minute of second half injury time. A thrilling finish!

Joey Barton made two changes to the starting line-up from Fleetwood’s previous game against Barnsley. Paddy Madden replaced Hunter, whilst Harrison Biggins came in for Harry Souttar, after the Scotsman received a three-match suspension following a red card.  

Both teams started well, but it was Fleetwood who threatened first after a lovely diagonal ball from Lewie Coyle found Ross Wallace, who delivered a dangerous cross into the area but Ched Evans couldn’t meet it in time.

Peterborough created a chance at the other end, three minutes later, when Maddison’s deep cross was cleared to Siriki Dembele, but the winger’s shot was blocked by Coyle.

Referee Tom Nield awarded the visitors a penalty, in the 19th minute, after Wes Burns brought Maddison down, inside the area. The man who was fouled stepped up to take the penalty, but Alex Cairns made a wonderful save to keep the scores level at 0-0.

Town had their own penalty shout, after Coyle was brought down in the area following a well-worked corner routine, but the referee waved away the protests to the frustration of the Cod Army.

Fleetwood continued to pose a threat and almost took the lead after Evans’ superb hold-up play led to Madden’s chipped attempt at goal, which was looping over Aaron Chapman, but the goalkeeper just managed to tip the ball over the crossbar.

The game remained open, which gave the Posh another opportunity at goal after Dembele was fouled in a dangerous position. Maddison’s resulting free-kick was hit over the wall and onto the crossbar, but it never seemed to be troubling Cairns.

It was all square at half-time with the score at 0-0 but the visitors had the first chance of the second half and came very close. Rhys Bennett met Maddison’s free-kick but it was Ivan Toney’s header that hit the post.

Burns continued to cause problems for the visitors on the right flank and this time the Welshman beat Dembele and Daniel Lafferty before delivering a dangerous low cross into the box, but Peterborough managed to just clear it away from danger.

The Posh opened the scoring in the 64th minute when Naismith found Maddison at the back post who was able to strike the ball past Cairns to put the visitors in the lead.

Fleetwood came close to equalising, three minutes later, after Ashley Eastham’s attempt on goal was just wide after a scramble in the box. Town came even closer in the 89th minute, when Chapman was forced into making a top class save to keep Wallace’s effort out.

Eventually, in the 95th minute, Fleetwood Town equalised when Peterborough could only clear, substitute and league debutant, James Hill’s throw-in as far as Ash Hunter - who then hit a sweet volley into the back of the net, much to the joy of the Cod Army!

Now it’s onto Bloomfield Road on Easter Monday, with a historic double up for grabs against Blackpool.

Town XI: Cairns (GK) Coyle, Eastham, Burns, Evans, Madden, Wallace, Nadesan (Hunter 74’), Husband, Biggins, Sheron (Hill 74’).

Subs not used: Jones (GK), Clarke, Southam-Hales, Baines, Rydel.

Peterborough XI: Chapman (GK), Naismith, Woodyard, Knight, Dembele (Denton 80’), Reed, Bennett, Toney (Godden 82’), Lafferty, Maddison, Tomlin (Cooper 75’).

Subs not used: O’Malley (GK), Lyon, Cooke, Stevens.

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