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Peterborough continue to hold Swansea back

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Date: 4th August 2010 Venue: Liberty Stadium

Attendance: 17,472 Referee: Georgios Kasnaferis

Peterborough went into this game against Swansea knowing what was needed, and knowing that anything less than a point wasn't what was wanted. The side from the South-east managed to earn a point in the end which was a better result than they would of expected seeing the Swansea team on paper, but yet again defensive options at Peterborough worked, even without Madjid Bougherra and Jody Craddock. Jack Cork also played, despite not being expected to be fit enough, but the youngster pulled through and was given the thumbs up before the game.

Both 'keeper's we're forced into early saves as both sides went forward looking for early goals. Gregory Sertic had the opening chance of the game for Peterborough as a cross from deep found the Frenchman in lots of space in the box, but Samir Handanovic was at hand to bring the ball into his chest with some ease. Swansea took the lead on twelve minutes when a corner from Ryan Giggs found Mikel Arteta at the far post, the Spaniard who was unmarked when the ball arrived him still had alot of work to do to direct the ball back across goal towards the far post where some how it found its way in. Yet it wasn't long until Peterborough found the equalizer, five minutes in-fact is all it took. Kyle Naughton with a trademark strike from twenty yards out, but it wasn't long until Peterborough took the lead, Kyle Naughton with his second of the game, the young right back was surprised at most like other people to of scored two goals, when he'd only managed one win in fifteen games all season. Swansea we're the next to score, which made it 2-2, Peter Crouch this time, and Peterborough we're unlucky as the goal took a deflection to get past Marton Fulop in the Peterborough goal.

The second half brought yet again more long shots for both 'keepers to deal with, and both 'keepers yet again seemed to be finding them difficult to get under control in the greasy surface. Jack Cork almost got a goal against his parent club when the 21 year old hammered a twenty-five yard strike towards the goal. Stewart Downing was the next to get the crowed on there feet, and to keep the Peterborough defense on there toe's as the 26 year old was causing manic outside the penalty area as Swansea looked for an opening but Peterborough sorted the situation perfectly, by closing him down in numbers before they could find any kind of opening to cause anymore problems. Both Dean Moxey and Jack Cork we're replaced with only fifteen minutes to go with both Jobi McAnuff and George Boyd coming on to find a late winner for the away side. Nothing came of this as Swansea closed the game with a late effort from Mikel Arteta who failed to test Marton Fulop.
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Mikel Arteta celebrating his opener.

Kyle Naughton's thought's on the game, and a brace:
"It's always nice to get on the scoresheet, but twice in a game is brilliant, especially when your not known for scoring regularly. But we played well as a unit today, there wasn't really no individual great performance, but the team as a whole played well and kept Swansea quiet for long periods"

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Re: EC5579 - Peterborough Telegraph

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Posh slam Stoke

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Date: 7th August 2010 Venue: London Road

Attendance: 11,537 Referee: Gardar Orn Hinriksson

Peterborough went into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw against Welsh side, Swansea. Without both Madjid Bougherra and Mike Williamson the side still managed a 4-2 victory against Stoke.

Fraizer Campbell put the home side ahead in the opening eight minutes, after the 22 year old finished a slick passing move with a smart finish past Thomas Sorensen. They we're soon two goal's ahead a minute later when a cross from deep found midfielder Grégory Sertic at the far post, and the French youngster buried it with precision into the far top corner. Márton Fulop was at hand to pull of a spectacular save from six yards out when Theo Walcott managed to beat the final man but failed to beat the 'keeper.

Stoke came out in the second period and nabbed a goal which got them straight back into the game, Ryan Shawcross tapping in a simple effort from five yards out after a scramble in the box. Mathieu Valbuena nearly got Stoke on level terms but a dipping 25 yard strike could all but clip the bar. Peterborough made a change on the hour mark, as dos Santos Giovani was replaced by Krisztián Nemeth. Ryan Shawcross added to his first goal just after the hour mark, the 6ft 3 defender yet again roamed forward and was in the right place at the right time to tap home a driven cross into the box. And no more than ten minutes later and Peterborough had come back into the game and put themselves in the lead, Fraizer Campbell who lost his marker, made a run into the box, and hammered past Thomas Sorensen. Dean Moxey was shown a second yellow just after the goal had been scored, when the player was believed to be diving which lead to his departure. The game was up when on loan Swansea midfielder, Jack Cork netted his third goal of the season when the youngster headed in a in-swinging corner.
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Fraizer Campbell celebrates his second, making it 3-2

Peterborough manager, Dan Tomlins:
"Fraizer has been a very good player so far, and we've received numerous interests in him. But the team is playing well at the moment, and things are beginning to look up."

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Tomlins praises heroes

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Date: 11th August 2010 Venue: 30,853

Attendance: The Walkers Stadium Referee: Paolo Bertini

After a fine 4-2 victory at home against Stoke at the weekend, Peterborough took on league leaders Leicester last night, a game that they needed to be full of confidence going into if they wanted to come out with atleast a point, but the Cambridgeshire side managed to nab three goals to win 3-0 at the Walkers Stadium, a result which Tomlins reacted by giving maximum amount of praise to his player, as he put them, heroes.

Peterborough we're lucky not to concede an early goal, when South African, Steven Pienaar burst into the six yard box but could only hammer the ball into the advancing goal keepers chest. French midfielder, Abou Diaby was another that came close for the midlands side in the first half with an aerobic overhead kick which went a foot or so wide of the target. But Peterborough knew where the goal was, and Bojan Jokic was the first to net the first Peterborough effort when the defender was in unusual position in the area to head the ball past Spaniard, Andrés Palop. Steven Pienaar went close again soon after the twenty minute mark when the former Everton midfielder headed the ball onto the roof of the net. Some fabulous athleticism from Fraizer Campbell saw the 22 year old score arguably one of the best goals of the season so far.

Leicester came out in the second period knowing a goal was desperately needed before the side fell even more behind and before you knew it the Foxes we're in on goal, but yet again Peterborough 'keeper, Marton Fulop was at hand to deflect the ball wide. But Peterborough we're almost three goal up just before the hour mark when Captain, Jody Craddock failed to gain good enough contact with the ball to direct it back across the goal keeper. But Leicester then came close again, Givanildo Hulk and Steven Pienaar working well together to put Givanildo Hulk in on goal, but yet again Marton Fulop did enough to cutoff the Brazilian. Peterborough made it 3-0 seconds before full time, when Jobi McAnuff, who was starting his first league game of the season, rose above the last defender to place a brilliant header past Andrés Palop.
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Mexican youngster Giovani dos Santos, yet another good performance but no goal

Peterborough boss, Dan Tomlins:
"The lads we're fab tonight, we knew what was needed and we came out and preformed exactly that. Fair play to Leicester they we're still there throughout the game despite us going 1-0 up, then 2-0, and finally 3-0 up. It could of been more, but they we're well defensive, you may look at the result and think we've produced a hammering to them, which isn't the case, Leicester we're always there until the 90th minute."

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Fair well for Smith?

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Date: 14th August 2010 Venue: Pride Park

Attendance: 31,382 Referee: Paulius Malzinskas

Peterborough came from behind to beat Derby 4-1 to claim a massive three points to continue to mount some pressure on the sides above them as they begin to fine there footing after being favorites for relegation at the start of last season, and yet again this season.

Derby began the better side, and went 1-0 up after the first effort on goal when young Brazilian, Vieira de Souza Bernardo netted his first ever Derby goal. But Peterborough soon created there first chance, only minutes later Jack Cork turned and rifled a shot towards goal for it to be stopped by Christian Abbiati. But less than five minutes later and Peterborough we're level, Alan Smith, who was believed to be playing his final game for the club, grabbed a goal in possibly his final game for the club, but soon after he was celebration with his team mates, he was celebrating with them again, when on loan Mexican youngster, dos Santos Giovani netted his first ever Peterborough goal, and what a goal it was! The youngster releasing a rocket from 25 yards. After Derby had been knocked back by the previous ten minutes or so they began to slowly find there way back into the game, and soon enough tested both Marton Fulop and hurried Joby Craddock into a clearance, but just before half time and Peterborough had knocked them back again, a well worked cross volleyed home by young Frenchman, Gregory Sertic.

Peterborough continued to hold the ball from Derby for the opening ten minutes of the second half, and created a number of chances, one of which a curling effort from Jody Craddock which was tipped over the bar by Italian, Christian Abbiati. On the hour mark, Mexican youngster dos Santos Giovani was replaced by Krisztián Nemeth. Soon after the substitution, for the second time in two games, Bojan Jokic scored to put there game out of Derby's reach, but the Rams continued to push for a goal, even if it would turn out to be a consolation, however despite continuously trying to break Peterborough down they couldn't and the game ended at that.

After the game questions we're put to the Peterborough manager, and this is what he had to say about speculation that Alan Smith is set to depart from the club, "Alan has been a fine member of the squad since joining at the start of the season, and it may be sad to part company now if an offer comes on the table but its the best for Alan and Peterborough, he's said to us that he's prepared to listen to offers and likewise so are we"

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Is this Alan Smith's fair-well?

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Albrighton makes move up

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Youngster Mark Albrighton takes part in his first training session (ABOVE)

After the sale of Jamaican Jobi McAnuff at the weekend, Peterborough have brought in young former Villa midfielder Mark Albrighton. The 20 year old is believed to of cost Peterborough a fee in the region of £1.2 million. Peterborough boss, Dan Tomlins had this to say on the signing, "Mark is a fine little player, he doesn't mind taking on a defender and we've been keeping our eye on him for awhile, he's what we like, he's an exciting player and will get all the more better with game time which is what we hope to be able to offer him over the next four seasons"

The 20 year old will be presented as a Peterborough player later today, but before that the youngster took part in this mornings training session with his new team mates, we caught a word with him yesterday before the deal with sealed and he had this to say, "It's an exciting time in my career, i've been moved around alot and i hope this can be my final move for a long time, i've been at Oldham, Villa and Lokomotiv Moskva and now Peterborough in all but two seasons i hope i can now begin to form a career here at Peterborough."

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Peterborough call it and end

but for how long?

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Date: 18th August 2010 Venue: London Road

Attendance: 13,793 Referee: Brage Sandmoen

After a draw and three straight wins Peterborough's good looking run came to an end on Wednesday night at the hands of some tough competition who earlier in the season beat Peterborough 1-0. However this time around the Lancashire side's Spanish and German strike partnership worked well as both players scored a goal a piece to net two goals to beat Peterborough, 2-0.

Peterborough 'keeper, Marton Fulop was forced into an early save in the opening minutes when Joseba Llorente was found at the near post and his miss shot of the ball almost forced an early goal. But the early scare for Peterborough didn't change there play, a run from deep from Jack Cork almost led to an opening goal, but the young midfielder was halted by John Pantsil. In his final game for the club, Alan Smith almost bowed out with a goal, the 29 year old had many good chances to do so but the best was on the 20 minute mark when the former Newcastle man beat two defenders and the goal keeper but could only plant his shot into the post. Peterborough had hit the woodwork five minutes later when youngster, Fraizer Campbell who's twenty yard strike could only clip the bar. Preston we're 1-0 ahead minutes before half time when 30 year old Spaniard Joseba Llorente tapped in a ball across the box from just a yard out. Preston had a second goal minutes later, a wonderful pass from deep found its way to Lukas Podolski who slotted it under the legs of Hungarian, Marton Fulop.

Sylvain Distin almost put the away side three goal ahead minutes into the second period when the Frenchmen turned neatly in the box, but his strike went miles wide, and at the other end five minutes later, another Frenchmen, Gregory Sertic's long ball forward was almost fumbled by David James. Lukas Podolski was at hand minutes later when a Fraizer Campbell shot was cleared of the line.

Tomlins speaking at full-time: "Well it was a very entertaining game, we allowed Preston to many opportunity but on the other-hand we created many chances, we hit the woodwork a couple of times and its all about learning, we could of used our head abit more but we just need to accept the defeat now and look ahead of the next game."

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Podolski celebrating his goal before the break

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Robins push aside Posh

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Date: 21st August 2010 Venue: Ashton Gate

Attendance: 16,701 Referee: Jacek Granat

Two red cards and six goal's at Aston Gate produced a thrilling game as Peterborough lost there second game in a week. Early in the season Peterborough managed to hold Bristol City to a 2-2 draw, but Saturday night Bristol City managed a 4-2 victory.

Peterborough were ahead only three minutes in when Fraizer Campbell was found at the far post from a diagonal ball which was directed by the 22-year-old towards the far post and finding the back of the net. But Peterborough's lead didn't last when Georgios Samaras was found at a yard out and all but had to tap it in past Hungarian, Marton Fulop who is believed to be being tracked by Hungarian side, Videoton. After a number of chances Jody Craddock missed one of the best he'd had all game when the veteran defender failed to capitalise on the space he was given by the Robins defence. Portuguese midfielder, Miguel Danny was at hand to give the Robins the lead just before the half-hour mark after some poor communication at the back for Peterborough gave Bristol City a gift. Madjid Bougherra, who had just returned from a bruised rib was sent off 35 minutes into his first game back in three games.

Peterborough equalized minutes after the break when Gregory Sertic was found in archers of space and all but had to finish, but it wasn't easy, the young Frenchman cut inside and curled a delicious 15-yard strike round Brazilian Julio Sergio. Just after the hour mark, George Boyd, who had been brought in to replace Kyle Naughton who was re-called back to Tottenham midweek was brought down in the area, nearly ever man in blue was claiming a penalty, but the referee consulted his linesman who said the challenge was fair. With the game all level, Peterborough brought on youngster Mark Albrighton to replace Jack Cork as the side went towards a more attacking formation. The Robins took the lead on 77 minutes when ex-Celtic man, Georgios Samaras headed his fifteenth goal of the season past Marton Fulop who couldn't believe how quick the Bristol attack merged. The goal was followed soon after by the departure of Miguel Danny, the opening goal scorer was showed an early bath after head-butting dos Santos Giovani, but despite the red card the home side finished Peterborough off with a late goal when Nikola Drincic drove a brilliant strike against the far post which found the back of the net.
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Georgios Samaras celebrates his second goal

Peterborough manager Dan Tomlins:
"...I think we were abit unlucky, we had one or two good spells in the game, but we were up against a strong and effective Bristol side who showed us why they're coming out with good results each week...we struggled to break down there back four, but we'll look to change this in the next couple of weeks, it's understandable the players and fans are disappointed but we'll learn from this and take the positives from this game into the tie mid-week.."

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Re: EC5579 - Peterborough Telegraph

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To bright, to fast, to strong, simply to good.

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Date: 25th August 2010 Venue: Molineux

Attendance: 25,177 Referee: Sorin Corpodean

Peterborough suffered there eighth defeat in the league this season on Saturday night, a result that wasn't what was wanted, and a result that outraged Peterborough boss who was animated on the touchline for vast periods of the game.

Fraizer Campbell screwed a shot over the bar from four yards out on fourteen minutes as Peterborough, without both Mike Williamson and Madjid Bougherra created the first chance of the game. But Peterborough, who were in need of a win thought they were on the road to one when captain, Jody Craddock capitalized on a poor back-pass and placed it round the 'keeper and into the far corner. But they were outraged less than a minute later when Wolves scored a goal, that was clearly offside, but youngster Ante Vukusic still raced through to finish past Marton Fulop, the goal was soon followed by Peterborough offside claims. The hosts began to hold Peterborough back more after the goal, and soon almost broke away to gain another goal but a decent save from Marton Fulop was enough to stop a dangerous effort from Kevin Gameiro. And due to continues pressure from the home side Peterborough soon broke when some blistering pace from Danish international Thomas Kalenburg.

The opening twenty minutes of the second period created barely no goal scoring chances, Ariel Mati Fernandez came closest to a goal, but his strike was skied over. On the hour mark Kevin Jones decided to bring Nikola Zigic, Leite Adriano and Simone Pepe on to find a goal to decide the game and soon after the changes one of the substitutes was on the score-sheet when and in-swinging cross was headed in majestically by Leite Adriano, and surprisingly Peterborough scored two minutes after thanks to some poor communication at the back meant Giovani dos Santos scored only his second goal since joining Peterborough on loan from Everton. Wolves added a fourth goal on eighty minutes as a brilliant diving header from Thomas Kalenburg gave the former Wolfsburg midfielder his second Wolves goal in only three Wolves appearances.
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Tomlins shows the face of defeat while shaking Kevin Jones' hand...

Peterborough manager, Dan Tomlins:
"....We set the benchmark last season for ourselves, and we need to match that." "...We showed no passion tonight, so its time for change, we need to change if we want to stay in this division, that is my target and i don't want to settle for anything less."

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Will Peterborough come victorious?

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Date: 28th August 2010 Venue: London Road

Attendance: 11,995 Referee: William Collum

Peterborough took a half time lead of two-nil in there game at London Road on Saturday night as things looked like they had taken a change at the Cambridgeshire side after three straight defeats, but a second half comeback from Barnsley denied the home side all three points, and left them still battling it out at in the bottom half of the table.

An ambitious thirty-yard strike from Aleksandr Ryazantsev went wide of the target in the opening minute of the game. Peterborough responded well as they managed to probe around the area for a couple of minutes when finally dos Santos Giovani hit his shot from around 16 yards out to only see it be parried by the Barnsley 'keeper, Leandro Victor. Peterborough were ahead on twenty-three minutes as a dangerous cross was whipped in and met by youngster, Jack Cork who hasn't disappointed since joining Peterborough on loan earlier in the season and has put down his claims to be in parent club, Swansea City's plans next season. The home side were two-nil ahead less than ten minutes later thanks to Fraizer Campbell when the youngster headed his ninth of the season past Leandro Victor.

David Jones, who had been being closely tracked by Peterborough for well over a season but joined Barnsley last week for a fee in the region of £4 million pounds came close early in the second half when a low cross raced across the face of goal and almost found a way past Marton Fulop. And the Hungarian keeper was at hand minutes later when a long strike from Aleksandr Ryanzantsev was parried into the path of Miguel Nene who's shot was blocked by the foot of Marton Fulop! With Peterborough leading two-nil, they brought goal scorer Fraizer Campbell off, and brought Krisztián Nemeth on for what was believed to be the Hungarians final game for the club. And seconds having coming onto the pitch to applauds the away side got a goal when Miguel Nene beat Jody Craddock and chipped Hungarian, Marton Fulop. Jacet Krzynowek got the equalizing goal twelve minutes later, when the 35-year-old was found at the far post and all but had to knock it past Marton Fulop. Mark Albrighton departed on seventy-five minutes being replaced by George Boyd who has this week been linked with a move to Scottish giants Rangers. Aurélian Chedjou scored immediately after the substitution, the Cameroonian charging through after a defensive mistake and score only his forth Peterborough goal ever. Miguel Nene made it all squad at 3-3 minutes later when the Brazilian's strike from an acute angel founds its way into the goal from a bizarre deflection. In the final minute of the game, dos Santos Giovani's fabulous run down the wing almost lead to the winner when the Mexican's cross was failed to be met at the far post.
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Fulop leaves Peterborough after awful performance to join Győri ETO.

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Defeated, again.....

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Date: 1st September 2010 Venue: Keepmoat Stadium

Attendance: 9,049 Referee: Jerome Damon

With a new goalkeeper and new right sided midfielder in both Ben Foster and Jonathan Walter's Peterborough lined up against Doncaster with an improved side, a side that needed a win, but most of all a side that were hungry for a win, Peterborough hadn't won in four games prior to this game, but it felt longer to people linked with the club.

Peterborough were behind early on, the first chance on goal was from Doncaster, and there talisman, Craig Bellamy, who ran onto a corner and volleyed the ball into the roof of the net, a goal that stunned débutante goalkeeper Ben Foster. Fraizer Campbell almost grabbed the equalizer five minutes later when the 22-year-old raced clear of the defence only to miss hit a cross from new boy Jonathan Walters. But the youngster had another effort soon after and he didn't waste it, a shot from Jonathan Walters bounced back down off the bar, leaving Neil Sullivan in the net for Fraizer Campbell to just slot it past the Scot. Peterborough were down to ten men just after the half-an-hour mark when Kyle Naughton was sent off for a second yellow, after a high challenge on Craig Bellamy. Fraizer Campbell almost put the home side in-front minutes after being put down to ten men, a 20 yard drive from the youngster whistled past the post.

Neil Sullivan was at hand as three shots, in three minutes, came towards him, and the Scottish veteran was at hand each time to prevent Peterborough taking the lead. But surprisingly enough, Peterborough who had been dominating for most of the game up until this period lost there shape, lost there concentration and soon were two-one down, a Craig Bellamy goal with twenty minutes to go. With ten minutes, and a goal needed Tomlins brought Shane Long on to replace George Boyd. But soon after the substitution a brilliant solo effort by John Spicer put the home side three-one ahead, and left Peterborough a mountain to climb. And that mountain became even tougher minutes later to climb when Grégory Sertic was sent off for a second bookable offence when the Frenchman pushed referee, Jerome Damon.
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Craig Bellamy celebrates his second half goal...

Peterborough manager Dan Tomlins:
"On the football side everything went well. The defence was good, we pushed forward, we played high, we created a lot of chances. We played like a team at the top." "I am very happy with the performance, I am very disappointed with the result. It was a strange game, but its been like that lately for us."

When asked about possible signings, and about the presents of Barry Ferguson in the stand during the game, Tomlins said:
"Yes, today (Wednesday) we welcomed Barry to London Road today, and he decided to travel to Doncaster for tonight's game, we've agree'd a fee with Sevilla and Barry has passed a medical, the deal is more or less done."

And it was, a day later Barry Ferguson signed a three season contract at London Road and signed from Sevilla for a undisclosed fee believed to be around £6.5million pounds.

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Déjà vu?

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Peterborough made it no win in six on Saturday night as the Cambridgeshire side were defeated 2-1 against Coventry, but many fans will be stood asking is this Déjà Vu? For those who can't remember, Peterborough went through a tough stage at the end of the season where they only won one game in twelve games but then went on to win six of there last ten fixtures of the season. Is this a repeat?

dos Santos Giovani brought the first decent goal scoring opportunity of the game when the young Mexican forced Carlos Kameni into a brilliant save to tip the ball round the post, otherwise the home side would of been ahead. But Coventry were put ahead on 37 minutes when Luis Garcia got in-front of his man and headed the ball crashing into the back of the net past Ben Foster. A poor header back from Madjid Bougherra was intercepted on forty-minutes by Kader Keita who was met by the advancing Ben Foster who managed to grasp the ball before the Ivorian could do any real damage.

Jonathan Biabiany opened the second half with a brilliant effort on goal, when the young Frenchman connected onto the bouncing ball perfectly driving his effort towards Ben Foster and Peterborough equalized five minute later when Fraizer Campbell skipped inside Danny Batth and curled a 25 yard strike which dipped over the keeper hitting the underside of the bar and going in, and less than a minute later David Meyler was put through one-on-one with Carlos Kameni, however Meyler could only hit the post from his shot. But that wasted chance would come back to bit Peterborough when Kader Keita capitalized on a poor clearance from Ben Foster.
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Star man and débutante, Campbell and Ferguson impress gaffer

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PETERBOROUGH SIGN ALKMAAR DUO

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Falkenburg gives farewell hug to AZ manager, Gertjan Verbeek

Ahead of there season opener against Manchester United this evening Peterborough have signed AZ pair Erik Falkenburg and Maarten Martens for a combined fee of £12.5 million. Martens is in-line to make his debut in Manchester this evening, Falkenburg meanwhile is likely to watch the game from the stands after admitting that he wasn't feeling one-hundred percent, but the Dutchman is expected to begin training on Monday.

"Martens will be in the squad to play United" Tomlins said, "but Erik (Falkenburg) isn't ready yet but might play some part against Dagenham on Wednesday" "Both are exciting players, and both love to drive at defenses and get balls into the box and in at goal. Both are the type of players we want at the club and the type of players who can take the club forward."

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BLADES GO POSH TO CAPTURE JARVIS

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England winger Matt Jarvis is expected to complete a move to Sheffield United in the next 24-hours after a £10million price-tag for the 25-year-old was agreed between both Peterborough and Sheffield United.

Jarvis signed for Peterborough from CSKA Moskva back in September for a fee of £4.7million and the midfielder has since picked up one appearance for England. Jarvis scored 9 goals for Peterborough in 57 appearances.

Peterborough manager Dan Tomlins believes Jarvis will "prosper at Sheffield United" as the Blades try and bounce back to division 2 after relegation last season.

Meanwhile, Hearts are thought to of asked for permission to talk to 33-year-old Barry Ferguson, its unknown where the future lies for Ferguson yet fans and club are expected to give one of there favorites a great send off.

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HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR BRAZILIAN FORWARD

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Peterborough's latest signing, albeit on loan, comes in the form of highly thought of Brazilian - Honorato Nilmar. The 26 year old joins Peterborough from Blackburn with high expectations. Not only does Nilmar have to deliver but he also has to succeed Ricky van Wolfswinkel. A player that was slowly becoming a favorite at Peterborough but sent back to his parent club Everton when the opportunity came for Peterborough to bring in Nilmar.

Nilmar struggled for goals when he first came to England from Spanish side Villarreal for a fee just over £9million. Nilmar failed to score a league goal in seasons 1 and 2 where he played 19 games on and off. Nilmar soon began to find the back of the net in season 3 though, scoring 5 goals in 24 games. Nothing exceedingly brilliant but this season the Brazilian managed 22 games, two less than he'd played last season but has already surpassed his goals tally. With Rossi now being preferred to Nilmar the striker is looking for some more first team opportunities, something Peterborough are able to offer. Question is - Can Nilmar do what is needed at Peterborough and score goals?

Nilmar wasn't the only signing today at London Road though. The Brazilian overshadowing the signing of two young hopefuls and a possible replacement for Barry Ferguson. Peterborough have made contact with Cruzeiro and are thought to of agreed a fee with the Brazilian giants to sign 24-year-old Craig Gardner. Peterborough also signed Scottish 19-year-old Bradden Inman, who was once dubbed the Scottish Kaka and 18-year-old Uruguayan Jhon Pirez.

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Craig Gardner speaking about his delight to be back in England

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EAGLES SWOOP FOR ONUOHA

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Nedum: Set to swap East Anglia for South London

Peterborough have confirmed that Nedum Onuoha is set to leave the club after accepting an offer from Crystal Palace for the central defender.

The former Bradford City man is set to end his Peterborough career after a successful four and a half seasons at London Road.

Peterborough had rejected an offer earlier on Monday, which was believed to involve French defender Franck Beria and cash. But a new offer thought to be worth in excess of £15 million has now been accepted after by the Peterborough chairman following talks with Crystal Palace, Nedum Onuoha and Peterborough manager, Dan Tomlins.

Nedum Onuoha signed for Peterborough back in season three from Deportivo for a fee of £5.3m. Since then the defender has appeared over 145 times for the Posh and his importance showed as he quickly became a fans favorite at London Road.

Onuoha will now travel to London to complete his medical and agree personal terms.

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BLACK CATS POUNCE FOR SWISS ACE

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Granit Xhaka earlier this morning leaving London Road ahead of a £20m move to the North-East

Peterborough have announced that highly rated midfielder Granit Xhaka will leave London Road this weekend after agreeing personal terms with Sunderland over a £20m move.

Peterborough had received plenty of interest in Xhaka.

Xhaka, 20, who signed for Peterborough 2 years ago for a measly £1.5m featured 43 times, scoring 4 times and assisting 14 goals. But the Swiss International has struggled for game time this season due to the exceptional form of Victor Wanyama.

Xhaka will travel to Sunderland this afternoon to complete any formalities and complete his move. Its understood his first likely destination will be to be loaned out to receive some further game time, the most likely destination being Bury.

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XHAKA OUT, KRANJCAR IN?

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Its understood with the money received from the Xhaka transfer Tomlins may look into strengthen the side. Top of his wishlist is Niko Kranjcar - a player that Tomlins has admired for many years and finally looks likely to get his man following a meeting with Mister Malcolm on Thursday after the Croatian International looked set for Metalurh Donetsk.

The 28 year old can play right across the attacking line and has enjoyed a fruitful 9 seasons at Tottenham scoring 28 goals in 173 games, winning the SMFA Shield and SMFA Super Cup under the guidance of Sean O'Neill and the English Shield in season 8 under the management of Vik P.

Its also understood that AZ had made a bid in the region of £8m for the clubs Belgium ace, Maarten Martens early in the week. Peterborough were quick to knock the offer back reiterating the player wasn't for sale at any price. Martens signed for the Posh in season 4 and has gone on to be a fan favorite scoring 43 goals and assisting 71 in 166 matches.
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Maartens - going nowhere

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PETERBOROUGH UP ANTE IN MARKET CHASE

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Tomlins in the market for more additions despite club financial situation

Despite plans to make cuts at Peterborough the club are still seem pretty keen in mid-season deals with the club reportedly inquiring over the availability of several players to possibly join the latest additions in the form of Niko Kranjcar and Valentin Roberge.

Its understood the club have inquired over the future of Sheffield United's Ashley Westwood and Bryan Oviedo, while Tomlins and Peterborough chairman, Darragh MacAnthony are both admirers of Swansea's Fabio Borini.

Earlier in the week Peterborough also made a £7m offer for Mohamed Diame who handed in a transfer request at Coventry, but the Posh missed out on the Senegalese international who opted for an ambitious move to Northampton.

Elsewhere Peterborough look set to part ways with 19 year old, Mats Rits who looks set to return back to Belgium and KV Mechelen. Meanwhile the future of Andreas Bjelland looks bleak as the Dane has been placed upon the transfer list at a price of £5m.

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PETERBOROUGH AWAIT PREMIER ARRIVAL

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Tomlins - "true challenge awaits..."

With a new season just over the horizon - Peterborough players and fans alike relish the start of the new season - in a brand new league. Following the clubs first promotion, after 10 resilient years in the second tier of English football, the club now face their biggest and most exciting challenge yet.

At the helm - Dan Tomlins. With over 425 games under his belt he is far from "green behind the ears", but he this Saturday he is about to walk out as a Premier League manager to an expected sell out crowed at London Road. A target since day one - which wouldn't have looked at all possible 10 seasons ago.

Tomlins turned down offers from Burnley and Hull back in 2010 - reiterating his stance, signing a long term deal, and committing himself to Peterborough for the foreseeable. 4 years later - he is ready for a shot at the big time.

Peterborough face Sheffield United on the opening day of the new campaign - a side who they have lost their last 3 encounters too. But the Blades will recognize some new faces in the Peterborough squad since the last time the sides faced, with Peterborough bringing in no less than 5 new faces, with more expected in the coming days, the most high profile signing to be made so far by Tomlins being Hatem Ben Arfa.

Ben Arfa failed to make a shine the last time he played in division one - playing out a short lived 6 game stint at Sunderland before being transferred back to Olympique Marseille. However, Ben Arfa was snapped up not long after, and brought back to the UK - this time to Coventry City, where he played no more than 14 games before moving to Germany, and Hamburger SV. It wasn't long before Ben Arfa would be boarding a flight to the UK again, this time to the up and coming, division two outfit, Shrewsbury Town. The Frenchman didn't last long there before he was transferred to FC Porto. Bury would be the next stop for the seemingly unwanted Frenchman, less than 6 months in the third tier at Bury and he was on the move again, this time to Charlton Athletic. His most prolific run came in a season at Millwall in Season 7, 19 goals in 24 games caught the eye of many clubs, one of which being Sheffield Wednesday - where he played over 88 games over 4 seasons, with what turned out to be his final season being overshadowed by a torn hamstring, keeping him out for 4 weeks.

Tomlins is seemingly putting a lot of faith on a player that is yet to prove himself in the top flight, and after several seasons in the lower tiers of EC5579.

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Will Ben Arfa prove his worth??

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RECORD BREAKER

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Adriano - on the move

Peterborough United look set to break their transfer record this evening in order to sign Colchester United center forward, Adriano. The 26-year-old Brazilian forward looks set to make the switch after agreeing person terms this afternoon with Peterborough club officials.

The record breaking fee is believed to be in the region of £10m - beating the previous record set back in 2011 when Peterborough signed Maarten Martens for £8m from AZ Alkmaar.

Adriano becomes the Premier League new boys third incoming of the season, following Hatem Ben Arfa and Vladimir Weiss with speculation surrounding Roma forward, Adem Ljajic and Millwall striker, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson - is Adriano going to be the last?

Adriano enjoyed a prolific spell in seasons three, four and five where he hit double figures. Peterborough manager, Dan Tomlins will be hoping to get the Brazilian back to his former best as the side take on the top flight this season.

Tomlins is also hopeful that clubs can be found for Lerin Duarte, Quincey Promes and Landry N'Guemo - preferably on loan as the Englishman looks to give them minutes and the spare up wages.

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This brings back some memories for sure... :)

 

764 games later... lost our top flight status few seasons back when my attention was distracted from SM for a bit, currently fighting out for a play off place in division two with a few faces from this thread remaining at the club. Coleman, Shane Long, Chedjou, Sertic remain from season 1

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