Sabiri fac­ing two months on side­lines

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TOWN U18s went down 2-0 to 10-man Peter­bor­ough United in the FA Youth Cup third round at the John Smith’s Sta­dium.

A goal by Oliver Shack­le­ton in the 13th minute gave Posh the edge, de­spite the vis­i­tors be­ing re­duced to 10 men in the 26th minute when keeper Wil­liam Black­more saw red for up­end­ing Town striker Kit El­liott way out­side the box.

The vis­i­tors took off striker Ricky-Jade Jones to make way for sub­sti­tute keeper Josh Allen, who then had a fine game.

Town’s agony was com­plete after 75 min­utes when they con­ceded a soft sec­ond to Posh sub­sti­tute Flynn Clarke.

Town found it hard to ad­just in the first half and were twice saved by keeper Gio­sue Bel­lagambi, who blocked with his legs from the pacy Shack­le­ton.

With coaches Mark Hud­son and Dean White­head en­cour­ag­ing their charges from the tech­ni­cal area, Town went clos­est to an equaliser in the first half on 41 min­utes, when El­liott poked his shot nar­rowly wide when be­ing put through by Micah Obiero.

Town were un­lucky, too, not to get the ben­e­fit when Obiero was tripped as he went through on goal, but ref­eree An­thony Tankard ruled it a fair chal­lenge.

Town sent on mid­fielder Ja­heim Headley for the sec­ond half, in an ef­fort to build on the solid work of skip­per Scott High, and the move al­most paid off im­me­di­ately when Ben Jack­son curled a spec­u­la­tive cross against a post.

Matty Daly then brought a su­perb save out of Allen with a crack­ing 20-yard drive on 59 min­utes as Town dom­i­nated posses­sion but came up against solid de­fen­sive re­sis­tance from Posh.

Allen was up to the task again on 66 min­utes as El­liott drove in a skid­ding low shot, be­fore the Town front­man tried his luck again with a vol­ley which went across the face of goal and wide.

With 15 min­utes left, how­ever, the tie was de­cided when Town con­ceded a poor sec­ond goal to Posh’s Clarke.

Keeper Allen then made two more su­perb late saves to deny Har­ratt and El­liott in added time.

Gio­sue Bel­lagambi, Ben Jack­son, Ma­son O’Mal­ley, Jor­dan Eli (Josh Auster­field 82), Mustapha Ola­gunju, Scott High (c), Aaron Rowe, Tom Bell (Ja­heim Headley HT), Kit El­liott, Matty Daly (Kian Har­ratt 61), Micah Obiero. Subs not used: Mo­hammed Di­aby, Har­ri­son Dav­i­son-Hale. HUD­DER­S­FIELD Town mid­fielder Ab­del­hamid Sabiri is fac­ing two months on the side­lines.

The 21-year-old Ger­man was forced off at Bournemouth just three min­utes after go­ing on as a sub­sti­tute after fall­ing awk­wardly in a chal­lenge.

Head coach David Wag­ner pre­par­ing his team to face Arse­nal at the Emi­rates to­mor­row - re­vealed Sabiri has a bro­ken col­lar­bone and is likely to have surgery to­day.

“Hamid has a col­lar­bone bro­ken and he needs surgery,” said Wag­ner. THE Ter­ri­ers were beaten 2-1 by Bournemouth on Tues­day night – here are some mo­ments you may have missed on the south coast... FORMER Em­ley man­ager Gerry Quinn was in the crowd for the Ter­ri­ers’ trip to the south coast.

The boss took Em­ley to the FA Vase

“That will prob­a­bly be Fri­day and he will be out for around eight weeks.

“Ter­ence Kon­golo had tired legs at Bournemouth, a lit­tle bit of fa­tigue and had to come off around 15 min­utes from the end, but he is back in train­ing.

“Ev­ery­body else, apart from the two sus­pen­sions we have with Steve Mounie and Philip Billing is in con­tention for Satur­day’s game.”

Sabiri started the matches at Manch­ester City and Stoke City (Carabao Cup) at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son but his fleet­ing ap­pear­ance at Bournemouth was his first since then. fi­nal at Wem­b­ley in April, 1988, where they were beaten 1-0 by Colne Dy­namoes.

The boss, who is also son-in-law to former Town man­ager Ian Greaves, was present as a sup­porter at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium on Tues­day. TOWN’S sport­ing di­rec­tor was also present on the south coast.

The Ger­man was spot­ted in the dugout be­fore the match as David

Wag­ner, how­ever, says he has shown a great at­ti­tude on the train­ing ground and feels sorry for the former Nurn­berg player that he’s now fac­ing a spell on the side­lines.

“This is very, very un­lucky for him and I feel for him,” said Wag­ner.

“Even if he has had to work very, very hard to get his chances and his op­por­tu­nity, he never stopped work­ing.

“He got his re­ward with the Ger­many Un­der 21 call up and he got his re­ward by com­ing back into our squad to get his min­utes.

“Un­for­tu­nately it was for a very, very short time be­fore he got this se­ri­ous in­jury, so he is any­thing but lucky.

“We will give him all the sup­port now so that he can re­cover as quickly as he can, and that he comes back in very good shape.”

Billing’s ab­sence means Wag­ner is forced to make at least one change fol­low­ing the 2-1 de­feat at Bournemouth.

And with his play­ing so well, how big a miss for Town is the tow­er­ing

This is very, very un­lucky for him and I feel for him. He never stopped work­ing

Wag­ner and his play­ers took to the pitch ahead of their warm-up.

In yes­ter­day’s press con­fer­ence, boss Wag­ner was asked about the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow but said his mind was fo­cused else­where.

Rebbe, how­ever, must be look­ing ahead to the trans­fer win­dow, with Town’s strik­ers still yet to muster a goal this sea­son. Dan­ish Un­der 21 cap? “He has per­formed at a very, very high level and con­sis­tently,” said the boss, who also has Chris Lowe back in the se­lec­tion pot after suf­fer­ing a shoul­der lig­a­ment in­jury. “He has made big steps this sea­son since we re­turned for pre­sea­son and been very con­sis­tent. “Phil has re­ally started to get more ex­pe­ri­ence and ma­ture into his game, but now he is sus­pended and this is what hap­pens in a sea­son - a fifth yel­low card and he gets a one-match sus­pen­sion. “We will deal with this sit­u­a­tion as we have some play­ers who are avail­able and who can play in this po­si­tion.” Billing’s sus­pen­sion means the mid­field tri­umvi­rate he makes up with Jonathan Hogg and Aaron Mooy which has been ef­fec­tive of late - will be bro­ken up as Town go to the Emi­rates perched just out­side the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Per­haps it will mean a chance for en­er­getic mid­fielder Danny Wil­liams to add to his 14 min­utes of Premier League ac­tiv­ity this sea­son, on the south coast, with Aaron Mooy, Philip Billing and Jonathan Hogg start­ing. That may be a well-known com­bi­na­tion for the Town faith­ful, but was clearly not for Bournemouth’s sta­dium an­nouncer, who got one of the names wrong.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cher­ries’ an­nouncer, Billing and Mooy would be part­nered in the mid­dle by Gra­ham Hogg. I’m sure Town fans would like to see an iden­ti­cal twin in the en­gine

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