Town host Peterborough looking to return to winning ways
Town entertain Peterborough on Saturday in a third-v-fourth clash at Portman Road. Paul Lambert’s men lost for the first time this calendar year in the top of the table clash with Rotherham United on Tuesday. The defeat at the New York Stadium was coupled with a below par performance by Town, struggling to land a glove on the direct Millers.
Peterborough pose a completely different threat to the one posed by Paul Warne’s men in midweek. Darren Ferguson’s side, who have won their last three games, like to get the ball down and play fast, attractive football. The Posh top the scoring charts in the division, scoring an unrivalled 52 goals. They also boast the leagues’ leading scorer in Ivan Toney, the former Newcastle and Northampton striker has scored 18 league goals so far this campaign.
Town sit two points ahead of Peterborough and a win for the Blues’ will see them open up a nice cushion over the Posh. A win could also see Town return top of the table, but they would be reliant on both Rotherham and Wycombe dropping points in there respective games.
Paul Lambert has hinted that there will be only enforced changes ahead of the clash on Saturday. Will Norris will continue in goal, with James Wilson, Luke Woolfenden and Luke Chambers ahead on the on-loan Wolves man. Luke Garbutt and Gwion Edwards, who will be playing his former employers, will continue to operate in the wing-back roles.
The first change could be in midfield, Emyr Huws was substituted with an ankle injury on Tuesday night and is considered a big doubt ahead of the clash with Posh. If Huws is not deemed to be fit, Cole Skuse seems set to partner Flynn Downes in midfield. Jon Nolan would be an alternative option to partner Downes, who along with Edwards, is one booking away from a two game suspension.
Alan Judge will continue in the advanced midfield role behind presumably Will Keane and Kayden Jackson. James Norwood could start ahead of Keane, with the former Tranmere striker impressing after coming on as a substitute in the defeat at Rotherham on Tuesday.
Town won at London Road in the second round of the Leasing.com Trophy, after drawing after 90 minutes, Barry Cotter scored the decisive penalty.
In the league, Norwood gave the Blues the lead in the fourth minute but Posh levelled through Ivan Toney, then went in front via Eisa after the break. James Norwood missed a second half penalty, but luckily Chambers was on hand to rescue the game with a injury-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw.
Historically, Posh have the upper hand, winning five times, five matches having ended in draws and the Blues having been victorious on three occasions.
Man in the Middle
Saturday’s referee is Championship official Andy Woolmer, who has shown 62 yellow cards and two red in 24 games so far this season.
Woolmer’s last Town match was the 1-1 draw at West Brom last March in which he booked Edward, Jonas Knudsen and two West Brom players.