MATCH PREVIEW: Now it’s time to pile up the points

Posh striker Jack Marriott. Photo: Joe Dent/
Posh striker Jack Marriott. Photo: Joe Dent/
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Peterborough United are determined to pile up the League One points before they tackle Aston Villa in an attractive FA Cup third round tie in the New Year (January 6).

Posh earned a trip to Villa Park with a 5-2 midweek demolition of Woking, but a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Blackburn last weekend left them 10th in League One.

The Posh attacking talent of Jack Marriott, Marcus Maddison (centre) and Gwion Edwards (right). Photo: Joe Dent/

The Posh attacking talent of Jack Marriott, Marcus Maddison (centre) and Gwion Edwards (right). Photo: Joe Dent/

Posh travel to Fleetwood on Sunday (December 17) for the first of five League One games before they face Villa. They also tackle Bury (home. December 23), Bradford City (away, December 26), MK Dons (away, December 30) and Doncaster (home, January 1).

“It’s great to make progress in the FA Cup,” Posh top scorer Jack Marriott stated. “But our priority now is to fire ourselves back up the League One table. We know what we have to do this season and the players are committed to making it happen.

“It’s a tough game at Fleetwood, but it’s one we can win.”

Marriott scored twice against Woking to take his tally in all competitions this season to 17 goals.

He is the leading scorer in the top four divisions of English football, when only League and FA Cup goals are included, with 16, one more than Christian Doidge of League Two side Forest Green and two more than Leon Clarke of Championship club Sheffield United.

And Marriott is confident he can keep scoring.

““I’m lucky to play as a centre forward in this team as they create so many chances,” Maddison added.

“If they keep coming I’m confident I can keep scoring. I have a tough goals target in my head, but I never share my personal ambitions!

“If I fall just short of my targets it means I’ve still had a good season. I’m hard on myself though, but I am ahead of my target at this stage of the season.”

Marriott’s teammates are in awe of his form.

Midfielder Michael Doughty said: “Jack is a real handful. He can score goals at any level, I have no doubt about that.”

Tickets are on sale for Posh’s mouthwatering festive trips to Bradford City (Boxing Day) and MK Dons (December 30).

Posh fans should be aware there is a £5 price hike on the day of the game at Bradford. Adult tickets are £20 if purchased in advance.

Adult tickets are £22 at stadium:mk

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