Posh need to peak at the right time

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - POSH PLYMOUTH - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

Cor­rect score: Posh to win 1-0: 7/1

2-0: 9/1

2-1: 15/2

3-0: 18/1

3-1: 16/1

3-2: 25/1

4-0: 40/1

4-1: 33/1

4-2: 50/1

4-3:80/1

Draw: 0-0: 10/1 1-1: 11/2 Ply­mouth to win 1-0: 10/1

2-0: 16/1

2-1: 11/1

3-0: 40/1

3-1: 25/1

3-2: 33/1

4-0: 80/1

4-1: 50/1

4-2: 66/1

4-3: 125/1

2-2: 12/1 3-3: 50/1

First goalscorer: 9/2 Mar­riott (Posh), 5/1 Mo­rias (Posh), Carey (Ply­mouth), Jervis (Ply­mouth), 6/1 Mad­di­son (Posh), Lloyd (Posh), Tay­lor (Ply­mouth), Blis­sett (Ply­mouth), 8/1 Doughty (Posh), Ed­wards (Posh), 10/1 For­rester (Posh), Lameiras (Ply­mouth), 12/1 Da Silva Lopes (Posh), Sarce­vic (Ply­mouth), 14/1 Fox (Ply­mouth), Ainsworth (Ply­mouth), 16/1 Tafa­zolli (Posh), Bradley (Ply­mouth), Chet­tle (Posh), 20/1 Hughes (Posh), Bald­win (Posh).

8/1 to score the first goal.

Michael Doughty

Man­ager Grant McCann is de­ter­mined to en­sure Posh peak at the right time this sea­son.

In each of the last two cam­paigns, Posh have been League One pro­mo­tion chal­lengers at Christ­mas be­fore fad­ing away badly in the sec­ond-half of the sea­son.

But McCann is con­fi­dent that won’t hap­pen again. The club have great faith in the work done with the first-team squad by head of phys­i­cal per­for­mance Ben Macken­zie.

Posh are rar­ing to go in Satur­day’s League One opener against newly-pro­moted Ply­mouth at the ABAX Sta­dium, but McCann is more con­cerned about long-term pros­per­ity.

“Of course we want to hit the ground run­ning,” McCann stated. “But I’d much rather have a strong fin­ish than a strong start.

“It will be great to get some early mo­men­tum, but we’ve faded badly in the last cou­ple of sea­sons and that’s some­thing we’ve planned against this term.

“Sh­effield United won League One last sea­son and yet didn’t start par­tic­u­larly well.

“We cer­tainly have a tough opener. Ply­mouth have mo­men­tum from last sea­son and they’ve only lost one pre-sea­son game this sum­mer. They have re­cruited well in the sum­mer and I can’t see them strug­gling.

“They are very well man­aged. They will be very well or­gan­ised and they will have the back­ing of a big away fol­low­ing.

“I’m just hop­ing we get a big turnout from our fans as well. They know how im­por- tant they are to us and I think they will be well en­ter­tained this sea­son.

“It’s the first time for a while that we’ve started the sea­son at home so it’s a good chance to show the fans what we are about.”

Posh have ev­ery­one avail­able with the ex­cep­tion of new striker Ricky Miller who starts a six-game suspension for a bit­ing of­fence while with Dover last sea­son, and in­jured mid­fielder Jer­maine An­der­son who has re­sumed train­ing with the se­nior play­ers.

New 17-year-old striker Idris Kanu will be in the squad as will ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tral de­fender Steven Tay­lor.

“Tay­lor looked great in the friendly at Chel­tenham last week­end,” McCann added.

“He was strong de­fen­sively and com­posed on the ball.

“He looks fit and he should be a great ad­di­tion to our squad.” Posh last hosted Ply­mouth in a League One match in April, 2011 when goals from Ryan Ben­nett and Craig Mack­ailSmith se­cured a 2-1 League One win in a match between teams head­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

Posh: Lewis, Lit­tle, Lee, Zakuani, Ben­nett, Wes­lowski, McCann, Rowe, Boyd, Ball, Mack­ail-Smith. Subs used: Freck­ling­ton, Davies, Tom­lin.

Posh have won six of their 11 Foot­ball League meet­ings with Ply­mouth at Lon­don Road. Ply­mouth were last vic­to­ri­ous in a Cham­pi­onship fix­ture in 2009 when Mack­ail-Smith’s goal proved a con­so­la­tion in a 2-1 de­feat. The first meet­ing between the clubs at Lon­don Road took place in April 1975 when Posh won 1-0 thanks to a Tommy Rob­son goal. That re­sult stopped Ply­mouth win­ning Di­vi­sion Three and prompted the vis­it­ing fans to launch a nasty pitch in­va­sion.

Scored a Posh goal against Ply­mouth.

Ryan Ben­nett Ply­mouth’s best sign­ing of the sum­mer was that of ace mid­fielder Gra­ham Carey on an ex­tended con­tract. The free-kick ex­pert with a wand of a left foot scored 15 goals as Ar­gyle won pro­mo­tion from League Two last sea­son.

Other he­roes of that cam­paign in­clude goal­keeper Luke McCormick and hard-as-nails cen­tral de­fender Sonny Bradley.

Jake Jervis a pow­er­ful for­ward who con­trib­uted 12 goals to the League Two pro­mo­tion cam­paign last term. Ply­mouth sign­ings in the sum­mer in­clude mid­fielder Ruben Lamieras who scored against Posh for Coven­try last sea­son and solid Mill­wall de­fender Gregg Wylde. Gi­ant cen­tre-back Aaron Tay­lor-Sin­clair moved to Home Park from Don­caster. It’s been a quiet pre-sea­son for new­lypro­moted Ply­mouth.

They fin­ished their sum­mer friendly pro­gramme with a 3-0 de­feat be­hind closed doors to Dutch side Twente. They also drew 0-0 in a be­hind closed doors friendly at Feyeno­ord dur­ing a train­ing camp in Hol­land.

Goals have been hard to come by for Ar­gyle this sum­mer They also lost 1-0 to Cardiff City, but won 1-0 at Torquay. Satur­day is Ar­gyle’s first League One game for six years. Dour Derek Adams steered Ar­gyle to pro­mo­tion last sea­son. He’d pre­vi­ously man­aged Ross County in the Scot­tish League for seven years, apart from a brief spell as as­sis­tant boss at Hibs.

Leo Da Silva Lopes could be em­ployed as a wing-back for Posh against Ply­mouth.

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