Head to Head: Walsall v Peterborough
Vital Posh looks at previous matches between Walsall and Peterborough United ahead of today`s Sky Bet League One match.
Posh travel to the West Midlands for the live Sky Sports Monday Night football match against Walsall.
The two sides have met 38 times in League action with the Saddlers having a better win record of 16 wins to 13. There have been 9 draws.
Despite Walsall having the better record against Posh, Posh have won the last four matches between the two teams.
The last time Walsall and Posh clashed in the league was three seasons ago winning 4-1 at London Road and 3-1 at the Banks` Stadium. There are just five members of the team that won 4-1 who still remain at Posh and one of them was on the scoresheet that day.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing stepped off the bench to fire in Posh`s third goal. The other players involved were Gaby Zakuani, Grant McCann, Tommy Rowe and Lee Tomlin. Funnily enough, the referee on that occasion was David Coote who also referees tonights match!
The previous ten League results between these two sides were:
|2010/11||03 Jan 11||Peterborough||4||-||1||Walsall||League One|
|2010/11||02 Nov 10||Walsall||1||-||3||Peterborough||League One|
|2008/09||17 Jan 09||Peterborough||1||-||0||Walsall||League One|
|2008/09||11 Oct 08||Walsall||1||-||2||Peterborough||League One|
|2006/07||01 Jan 07||Peterborough||0||-||2||Walsall||League Two|
|2006/07||12 Sep 06||Walsall||5||-||0||Peterborough||League Two|
|2004/05||16 Apr 05||Peterborough||0||-||2||Walsall||League One|
|2004/05||20 Nov 04||Walsall||2||-||1||Peterborough||League One|
|2000/01||24 Apr 01||Peterborough||2||-||0||Walsall||League Div 2|
|2000/01||17 Oct 00||Walsall||1||-||1||Peterborough||League Div 2|
Last Time Out at Walsall
Posh remained in the play-off positions as they defeated Walsall 3-1. Under the guidance of Gary Johnson, Posh were in 4th place after 15 matches and just two points from second place. They were 9 points behind leaders Brighton and Hove Albion though!
Joe Lewis made a fine stop from Ryan McGivern as the home side looked to take an early lead but it was defender Ryan Bennett who headed in an Arron Davies free-kick to give Posh the lead.
Arron Davies drilled in a second from the edge of the area just two minutes later to give Posh a comfortable lead after just 17 minutes of the match.
Walsall did get back into the game in the second half as they reduced the deficit thanks to a Julian Gray header from a Martin Devaney but it was another defender who extended Posh`s lead. This time Kelvin Langmead fired in from a Davies corner.
Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire after the match, Gary Johnson said: "We tinkered with the shape a bit to have an extra midfielder in there and I thought the boys put in a really good shift.
"Walsall got the ball forward very quickly, they had a few big lads in there, our three defenders had to deal with it and I thought generally they dealt with it well. When they didn't, our goalkeeper was there."
The Saddler`s: Walker, Westlake, McDonald, McGivern, Smith, Richards, Taundry, Gray, Devaney (Jones 77 mins), Macken (Reid 70 mins), Dickinson.
Unused subs: Brain, Lancashire, Lescott, Marshall, Nicholls.
Posh: Lewis, Little, Langmead, Bennett, Nyatanga, Ofori-Twumasi, Wesolowski, A.Davies, McLean (Whelpdale 85 mins), Mackail-Smith, Tomlin.
Unused subs: Collis, Piergianni, Lee, Mendez-Laing, J.Davies, Hibbert.
Attendance: 3,294 (447 Posh fans)
|Shots On Target:||9||4|
|Shots Off Target:||15||4|
|Scorers:||Gray (53)||Bennett (15)|
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