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25 July 2015

Town held to goalless draw at the ABAX Stadium despite Adam McDonnell going close with a late effort that came back off the bar

Town were held to a goalless draw by Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium, in the latest pre-season friendly.

Mick McCarthy’s side did fashion the better of the chances, with Adam McDonnell hitting the crossbar, but ultimately this even contest ended in stalemate.

Daryl Murphy made his return to action for Town, whilst Jonathan Parr also returned after recovering from injury to play at left-back.

Mick McCarthy also handed a starting place to Giles Coke in midfield, who has joined up with Town for a few days training.

Town started the game brightly and some good link up play between McGoldrick and Maitland-Niles allowed the latter to whip in a cross that was cleared, after a good initial ball from Coke.

Swivel and shot from Joe Gormley brought about the first effort of the game, but Dean Gerken was able to watch it over his bar to safety, whilst at the other end a fierce drive from Murphy went over for Town.

McGoldrick went close for Town after 15 minutes, showing some lovely control to beat two players before then fizzing a drive just wide of the target.

At the other end, Gerken watched an effort from Jon Taylor wide of his near post as the hosts looked for a breakthrough.

A fierce drive from Posh skipper Michael Bostwick almost tested Gerken soon after, but his effort whistled just wide of the target.

Conor Washington almost got fortunate after chasing down a Gerken clearance, with his block going just over the bar, before former Town man Jack Collison tested the ‘keeper with a cross that he tipped onto the crossbar and out for a corner.

Moments later, the Town stopper then made a superb reaction save to deny Taylor with a low drive just after the half hour mark.

That’s the way things stayed, as the sides went in goalless at the break.

The second-half saw Town start brightly, with Christophe Berra prodding a Maitland-Niles corner just wide of the target from eight yards out.

The hosts did go close with a free-kick after a foul from Berra, but Marcus Maddison lifted his effort over the bar, before Town made 10 outfield changes just after the hour mark.

Midfielder McDonnell thought he had finally broken the deadlock for Town after shifting onto his left before curling an effort that came back off the crossbar.

Darren Ambrose, one of ten changes for the Blues, did test Ben Alnwick with a low drive but chances were at a premium in the second-half.

Josh Yorwerth then nodded an Alex Henshall corner wide of the target but neither side managed to break the deadlock in an even contest, which ended all square.

Town: Gerken, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Parr, Coke, Bishop, Maitland-Niles, Fraser, McGoldrick, Murphy.

Town after an hour: Gerken, Emmanuel, Yorwerth, Kenlock, Tabb, Bru, McDonnell, Connolly, Henshall, Ambrose, Stewart.


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