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FA Cup

  • 8 January 2012
  • • 15:30
  • • London Road Stadium, Peterborough
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 8954

Peterborough United - Sunderland Preview: Posh looking to end a run of three FA Cup third round defeats to Premier League opposition

Peterborough United - Sunderland Preview: Posh looking to end a run of three FA Cup third round defeats to Premier League opposition

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Martin O'Neill's side travel to London Road on Sunday with defensive worries aplenty, while Darren Ferguson receives several fitness and selection boosts


Alcock, Bennett, Zakuani, Rowe
Boyd, Wooton, Tunnicliffe, Newell
Taylor, Sinclair
O’Shea, Kilgallon, Laing, Richardson
Larsson, Vaughan, Cattermole, McClean Sessegnon

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson doesn’t have too many injury worries to think about for the visit of Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland, and he even has a number of boosts as the buoyant but injury-stricken Premier League side travel to London Road.

Lee Frecklington (groin) looks set to miss out while Grant McCann remains touch-and-go, however Lee Tomlin has been made available once again after a calf strain and on-loan trio Ryan Tunnicliffe, Scott Wooton (both on temporary deals from Manchester United) and Josh Thompson (Celtic) have all been granted permission to play.

Nicky Ajose will not be available to play despite returning from his loan at Scunthorpe as the Red Devils academy graduate is cup-tied, while 15 year-old Jaanai Gordon-Hutton could get a place on the bench.

O’Neill and his Black Cats have considerably more injuries to contend with as several first-team members look likely to miss the tie with their manager unwilling to risk them.

Wes Brown (groin), Titus Bramble (Achilles/calf), Phil Bardsley (thigh), Jack Colback (ankle) and Connor Wickham are all highly doubtful for the match, but O’Neill has a few other concerns too.

Keiren Westwood and Seb Larsson both missed the 4-1 midweek victory over Wigan due to illness, but could return on Sunday. Craig Gordon and Michael Turner both turned out for the team’s reserves during the week but are lacking match fitness, while Faizer Campbell has only just returned to training.

  • Peterborough have lost their last three FA Cup third round matches against Premier League sides.
  • Darren Ferguson’s team haven’t lost any of their last five matches in the Championship and scored at least one in each.
  • In both of their last two home matches against Sunderland Posh have lost by two goals.
  • The hosts have scored 27 per cent of their goals in the final 15 minutes of matches.
  • Sunderland haven’t been past the fourth round of the FA Cup since 2004. They reached the semi-finals that year.
  • Martin O’Neill (pictured, right) last managed a team in the FA Cup match almost two years ago. He was in charge of Aston Villa back in April 2010, a 3-0 home defeat to Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea.
  • The Black Cats were knocked out of the competition at this stage last season by Notts County.
  • The two sides have not met in a competitive match since March 1994.

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Players to watch

R. Tunnicliffe

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The 19 year-old midfield was an integral part of Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup winning team last season, with Roy Keane-esque forward surges a particular highlight of the youngster’s play.

All-action, no-nonsense and full-throttle, Tunnicliffe is held in high-regard at Old Trafford and if he shows every ounce of his undoubted promise, the Sunderland midfield will have someone to worry about on Sunday.

S. Sessègnon

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Benin international has perhaps suffered this season due to the generally poor performances of the rest of the team; however he always poses a threat with quick feet, excellent movement and trickery making him an unpredictable nightmare at times.

Since O’Neill took over in December, Sessegnon has looked a little more like his old self, particularly against Wigan last time out when he ran the Latics’ defence ragged with an eye-opening performance. The former PSG man, and his manager, will be hoping he continues that form against Posh.

Editor's Prediction

Ever since Martin O’Neill took charge at the Stadium of Light, there has been an efficiency about Sunderland and they have looked significantly more ruthless and clinical, particularly in front of goal.

Although they have several defensive injuries to contend with, the Black Cats can still rely on a lively midfield for protection, while they also possess a deceptively deep squad.

With almost a full week until their next Premier League match after the trip to Peterborough, Sunderland will have plenty of time to recover, so O’Neill will be more willing to play a stronger squad, and for that reason, it would be a big surprise if Ferguson’s Posh came out on top.

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