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Peterborough v Grimsby

By: Alex Green
Date: 05/10/2007

FOR the third match in a row Town prepare to face opposition who sit in the top seven places in out beautiful league.

Home > 2007-2008 Season > Previews > Peterborough (a)


The Opposition

Overview

Peterborough have been almost play off contenders in the league ever since their relegation in the 04-05 season missing out last year by three places and only two in the season previous. The Posh hope is that this is their year and with the arrival of Darren Ferguson in January, who replaced former Mariner Keith Alexander in the dugout, that it’s the perfect formula for the Posh to return to the third tier of English football. With Barry Fry in the board room it would always be an interesting experience and no one could say it wasn't insightful when Ron Atkinson was let in to assist the then manager with helpful lessons and advice on how to improve the squad. The only problem was the show showed and created a rift between player’s managers and Big Ron alike making a nearly impossible working and playing environment. Most fans of the Posh would agree it didn't exactly show the club in the best light and many hope Fry will now take a back seat and see how Ferguson will lead the team this season.

This Season
There weren't too many changes at London Road during the summer, as Ferguson tried to hold together a nucleus of the team which was so close to competing in the play offs only a few months ago. Butcher, Stirling and Trevor Benjamin all left over the summer for pastures new while Ferguson bought in young defender Claude Gnakpa from Swindon, Charlie Lee (left) from Millwall and Chris Westwood from Walsall to name a few. Most of Ferguson’s acquisitions were during the January transfer window during which time the young manager in his first few weeks at the club signed Joshua Low, Shane Blackett and Craig Mackail-Smith. Peterborough have acquired a squad which is quick on the break and strong in defence a lesson Ferguson will hoped to have learnt from last season isn't to sacrifice as many leads as they did last season which may have cost them a play-off place.

Key Player
Former Grays Athletic wonder boy Aaron Mclean was chased frantically by many clubs but it was Peterborough who secured the boy’s signature and now its easy to see why with 5 goals already to 9 appearance’s. A strong and battling striker the target man is good in the air and an eye for goal already, his pace can get him past and defender who isn't ready on the turn of pace and his shots from long range can be ferocious players

Recent Form

TownPeterborough
LChester(h)1-2
WHereford(h)2-1
WLincoln(a)2-1
DStockport(h)1-1
LAccrington(a)1-4
Currently 18th in League Two.
WShrewsbury(a)2-0
DDarlington(a)1-1
WMorecambe(h)1-1
LBradford(a)0-1
WMansfield(h)2-1
Currently 7th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownPeterborough
Paul Bolland3
Ciaran Toner3
McLean5
Lee4

Team News

TownPeterborough

  • The squad looks thread bare as we make our way into Saturday’s fixture: Isaiah Rankin, Peter Bore, Paul Bolland and James Hunt have all struggled through this weeks training and you may expect a call up for Youth team player Matthew Bird who has impressed in the Youth Team

  • Dave Mulligan returns up the A180 via New Zealand after his loan spell from Scunthorpe coincided with international duty.
  • Peterborough team news to follow
  • Probable Teams

    TownPeterborough
    G1Barnes
    D5Bennett
    D6Fenton
    D15Whittle (C)
    D3Newey
    D7Till
    M8Bolland
    M11Boshell
    M2Clarke
    M10Toner
    F12Rankin
    G13Jalal
    D5Westwood
    D4Morgan
    D22Charnock
    D7Newton
    M8Hyde (C)
    M11Keates
    M6Lee
    M17Day
    F9Mclean
    F12Mackail-Smith

    Subs

    TownPeterborough
    13Montgomery
    18Bore
    4Hunt
    19Jones
    20Taylor
    1Tyler
    18Whepdale
    23Howe
    10Boyd
    15Strachan

    Head to Head

    Peterborough are the third successive team who Grimsby have played with relatively short league histories, Hereford and Chester being the other. The Posh have the edge on Grimsby over the years, but have not lost at London Road in the last three attempts.

    P 39 W 11 D 14 L 14 F 53 A 56

    Peterborough Head-to-Head (62nd on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 0-2 Peterborough (Saturday 24th Match 2007)

    Any lingering chances which Grimsby had of claiming a play-off place were banished when Peterborough defeated Grimsby by two goals at Blundell Park, Boyd and White doing the game for the Cambridgeshire side.

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    Prediction

    Town to return home with a point and consolidate on their mid-table position.

    Peterborough 1-1 Grimsby Town

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