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Peterborough Utd v Reds: Match Preview

23 November 2015

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Peterborough Utd v Reds: Match Preview

23 November 2015

Barnsley travel to Peterborough on Tuesday night in buoyant mood following their first league win since late September.

The Reds’ 2-1 triumph at Oldham on Saturday ended the Club’s eight match losing streak in League One and moved them up to 21st place, which means Lee Johnson’s side remain in the relegation zone only on goal difference.

The victory – a second in three games for the Tykes after their Football League Trophy success against York – also halted the Club’s six match winless away run in the league which had seen them lose their last four away from Oakwell.

Kevin Long in action at Oldham

Hosts Peterborough meanwhile will be searching for their fourth win in a row in all competitions following their 5-1 thrashing of Crewe on Saturday.

That victory was the Club’s fifth in their last eight league matches which moved them up to ninth and just three points outside the play-off places.

Three of those wins have come in front of their own faithful but with Sheffield United, Bury and Wigan all tasting success at the ABAX Stadium so far this term the Reds will take some confidence ahead of their visit to Cambridgeshire.  

Previous Meetings 
Barnsley will be looking to put an end to their four match winless run against Peterborough when they travel to the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday night.

In April the Reds did manage to halt their losing streak against the Posh after Luke Berry’s 90th minute goal rescued a point for Barnsley against 10-man Peterborough.

Earlier in the campaign however and the Posh inflicted a third straight defeat on the Reds, with goals from Conor Washington and Marcus Maddison earning Tuesday night’s hosts their 16th win in this fixture.

The Cambridgeshire side began their mini run back in the 2012-13 season when they completed the double over Barnsley; winning 2-0 at Oakwell and then 2-1 at home on New Year’s Day 2013.

In the campaign before that however and the Reds picked up two victories of their own in this fixture, with David Cotterill’s first-half strike enough to secure all three points in South Yorkshire, before the sides played out a classic in the London Road meeting with the Reds edging it 4-3.

Head coach Lee Johnson could name an unchanged line-up following Saturday’s much needed win at Oldham.

That would see both Aidy White and Kevin Long make their second appearances for the Club, while James Bree could continue at right-back despite the return of Reece Wabara from suspension at the weekend.

If Johnson does opt to go with the same XI, Marley Watkins and Ivan Toney will lead the line for the Reds, however top goal scorer Sam Winnall will be chomping at the bit for a return.

For hosts Peterborough, defender Jack Baldwin serves the final match of a three game ban after his sending off in an FA Cup tie against Burton Albion.

Fellow centre-half Gabriel Zakuani is a doubt after missing his side’s last two games, so Michael Bostwick and Ricardo Almeida Santos could continue in central defence for Graham Westley’s outfit.

With that duo at the heart of their defence, the Posh boss could name an unchanged line-up for the third game in a row with Lee Angol and Conor Washington set to lead the line against the Reds.

Man in the Middle
Nicholas Kinseley will take charge of a Barnsley game for the first time on Tuesday night. With only one Football League game to his name before this season, the Essex-based referee is a new name not only to the Barnsley faithful but also to the Peterborough supporters, having spent his recent years officiating in the Conference Premier. 

Despite never meeting with either Barnsley or Peterborough in the past, Kinseley – who will be assisted by linesmen Stephen Finch and Christopher Pollard at the ABAX Stadium – has made a notable introduction to life in the Football League, after brandishing four red cards in his first six games this season. 

As well as those dismissals, Kinseley has also dished out 31 yellow cards; three of which came in his only ever League One match to date when he oversaw Gillingham’s 3-1 win at Chesterfield last month. 

Their Star Man
With Peterborough boasting squads packed full of attacking talent in recent years the development of academy product Jermaine Anderson may have gone under the radar for many.

This season however, 19-year-old Anderson has outshone many of his team mates in what has been an extremely encouraging start to the campaign for the Posh youngster. 

Following his debut back in 2012 at the age of just 16, the England U20 international made 19 appearances for Peterborough in the 2013-14 season and after impressing during those outings he made a further 27 appearances last year despite missing the final months of the campaign due to a toe injury. The promising youngster did score his first senior goal however and that came in August 2014 when he netted Peterborough’s third as they beat Colchester 3-1.

Up until this season that remained the midfielder’s only professional goal but this term he has taken his game to a new level; bagging six times in 15 games. The first of those arrived back in August when the former Arsenal youth player struck a 90th minute consolation as Peterborough suffered a 4-1 League Cup defeat at home to Charlton.

Eight goalless games and a bizarre red card threatened to derail Anderson’s season but the versatile midfield man has bounced back in style in recent weeks; hitting five goals in four games since the end of October, against Coventry, Burton Albion, Fleetwood and then a double at Crewe on Saturday. The latter two of those strikes came in big wins for the Posh as they continue to climb the League One ladder but if their star midfielder continues to put in impressive performances in the coming weeks and months they could soon have a fight on their hands to keep him at the ABAX Stadium.

Mutual Man
In August 2013 Peterborough completed the signing of forward Emile Sinclair for an undisclosed fee from Macclesfield. The Posh became Sinclair’s fifth Club following spells on loan with Brentford, Mansfield and Macclesfield while at Nottingham Forest where the front man progressed through the Club’s academy. 

After making his debut in a 1-0 home defeat to Hull, the then 23-year-old quickly acclaimed himself to the Peterborough faithful by bagging twice as the Posh beat Burnley 2-1 in his second outing. Sinclair went on to net 10 times in total that season but despite that and a hat-trick only eight games into the 2012-13 campaign, Sinclair was allowed to join Barnsley on loan in November 2012.

Emile Sinclair

With the attacker adding to Keith Hill’s options in attack following the recent signing of Marcus Tudgay on loan from Forest, the Reds were disappointed to come out of Sinclair’s debut with a 2-1 loss against Cardiff at Oakwell. Despite drawing their next game against Burnley, things would not get much better for the Leeds-born striker, with Barnsley losing three of his four games at the Club following further defeats against Watford and Blackburn. Just one start during his time with the Club also replicated a disappointing spell and the ex-Brentford loanee returned to the Posh.

Another loan move, this time to Doncaster, would follow but as the season came to its conclusion the pacey forward moved on; joining Crawley Town for a six-figure sum in August 2013. A season at the Broadfield Stadium which included a loan move to Northampton would end with just four goals for Sinclair however and in July 2014 he joined the Cobblers on a permanent basis ahead of last season. A goal on his debut against Shrewsbury proved a positive start to life at Sixfields but five months later and he was joining the 10th Club of his short career after penning a deal with North Yorkshire side York City; for whom he is yet to score for this season.

Form Guide
Peterborough’s last five at home: (LWLWW)
Peterborough United 2-3 Bury
Peterborough United 5-3 Millwall
Peterborough United 2-3 Wigan Athletic
Peterborough United 4-0 Doncaster Rovers
Peterborough United 2-1 Fleetwood Town

Barnsley’s last five away from home: (LLLLW)
Southend United 2-1 Barnsley
Scunthorpe United 2-0 Barnsley
Coventry City 4-3 Barnsley
Altrincham 1-0 Barnsley
Oldham Athletic 1-2 Barnsley 

Going to the match?
Peterborough play at the ABAX Stadium, its full address is as follows:
ABAX Stadium
London Road

How to get there

By Car: 

From the South (A1):
Look for signs for 'Football Car Parks'. Two miles after the Norman Cross junction, exit A1 and follow signs to Peterborough (A1139) onto the A1139 Fletton Parkway. Exit the Fletton Parkway at junction 3. At roundabout turn left onto the A1260 Nene Parkway. Take first exit and at roundabout turn right into Shrewsbury Avenue. At T-junction after half a mile by Longueville Autos, turn right into the A605 Oundle Road. Fair Meadow car park is on the left hand side after one mile and the stadium is opposite. 

From the North (A1): 
Exit the A1 at signpost 'Leicester, Peterborough North A47'. Turn left at T-junction onto the A47. Exit the A47 after 5 miles, at junction 15. At the roundabout turn right onto the A1260 Nene Parkway. Exit the Nene Parkway after 1 mile. At the mini-roundabout by the 'Gordon Arms' turn left onto the A605 Oundle Road. Fair Meadow car park is on the left-hand side after one and a half miles. 

From the East (A47): 
Pass through the village of Eye following signs to Peterborough A47. At the roundabout turn left and at the next roundabout turn right. At the following roundabout take the 2nd exit. Then as from North. 

Due to the ground redevelopment, there is no public car parking at the stadium. However, there is parking for cars in the Pleasure Fair Meadow council and Railworld car parks opposite the stadium (adjacent to the Town Bridge on Oundle Road). 

By Rail:
Peterborough train station is about three-quarters of mile from the stadium.

By foot: 
Turn right out of station and head towards the main road (Bourges Boulevard). Turn right and head towards the big roundabout. Go under the Railway Bridge and walk up the path or steps to main road. Use the pedestrian underpass and pass the Evening Telegraph on the left-hand side. At the traffic lights, turn right and the ground is situated on the left hand side over the town bridge. There are of course plenty of taxi cabs available from the Railway Station if you don't fancy the 10 minute walk.

By Bus: 
No buses run from the station itself, but the bus station is just across Bourges Boulevard. On foot, turn right out of station and then left - take footbridge over the main road to bus station.

Ticket Information 
Tickets are priced as follows:
Adult £23
Over 60 £14
Young Adult 18-21 £14
Under 18 £10

The Official Club coaches will departs Oakwell at 3.15pm on the day of the game and is priced at £16 per seat.

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