Scouting report: Peterborough United

A closer look at The Posh ahead Wanderers’ trip to the ABAX Stadium.

Ahead of Wanderers' televised clash against Peterborough United, take a closer look at Grant McCann’s side…

Currently amidst their fourth season in Sky Bet League One, following relegation from the Championship during the 2012/13 season, Peterborough sit eighth in the league, just one point off the play-off spots.

Having finished 13th last season, manager Grant McCann recruited a variety of names during the transfer window, including ex Wanderers defender Hayden White.

In cup competitions, Posh overcome Chesham United 2-1 in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to a Shaq Coulthirst brace. They will now face either Boreham Wood or Notts County in the second round.

Meanwhile, in the EFL Cup, McCann’s side were knocked out by Premier League side Swansea City in the second round after beating AFC Wimbledon in round one.

And despite beating Barnet in their final Checkatrade Group stage game, United failed to qualify for the knockout stages, following defeats to Norwich City and Milton Keynes Dons.

• W 3-0 – Northampton Town H - Sky Bet League One, 18/10/2016 
• L 1-0 – AFC Wimbledon H - Sky Bet League One, 22/10/2016 
• W 2-1 – Bristol Rovers A - Sky Bet League One, 29/10/2016
• W 2-1 – Chesham United H – Emirates FA Cup, 05/11/2016 
• W 2-1 – Barnet A – Checkatrade Trophy, 08/11/2016 

After his contract was terminated with Northern Irish side Linfield, McCann was appointed caretaker manager of Peterborough United following the sacking of Graham Westley. Having impressed in the position meanwhile, he was made manager on a permanent basis at the end of the 2015/16 season. 

The former Northern Irish international began his professional career with West Ham United. However, McCann failed to break into the first team and was sent out on four different loan spells during his time in London.

After two loan spells with Cheltenham Town, a deal was made permanent for McCann to join the Gloucestershire side. The midfielder would go on to appear over 200 times for the Robins during a four year spell.

In November 2006, McCann was loaned out to Barnsley. After impressing during his time at Oakwell, the move was made permanent during the January transfer window.

Just 12 months later, he would leave Barnsley and join Championship side, Scunthorpe United. Over a two year period, McCann played over 100 times and scored just shy of 20 goals for The Iron.

In May 2010, Peterborough beat a host of Championship clubs to sign McCann on a three-year contract. He would go on to become a cult hero for The Posh, appearing over 130 times during a five year stay.

He would return to his native country in 2015, joining Linfield on a free transfer, but he would stay with the NIFL Premiership side for just two months before leaving for his former side Peterborough.

The 23-year-old joined United in 2015 from National League side Gateshead United. Upon signing a four-year contract, then-manager Darren Ferguson, praised his balance, skill, and pace. 

Beginning his career at Newcastle United, the winger had a brief loan spell with Northumberland side Blyth Spartans. Following his loan spell, Maddison was released by his parent club Newcastle United. 

He would then move to Scottish side St Johnstone, but the Englishman failed to make an appearance for The Saints.

Despite playing on the wing for the majority of the season meanwhile, Maddison is currently Posh’s top scorer with six goals. He’s also shown his creative side this campaign, registering eight assists to his name in all competitions. 

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