According to ClubCall and supported by Twitter account Scouts in Attendance, Leeds United were linked to deadly Peterborough duo Marcus Maddison and Jack Marriott at the end of December 2017.

Leeds had been linked with prolific assist provider Maddison earlier in 2017, the deal falling through after then-Leeds owner Massimo Cellino started interfering.

ClubCall said that the Whites “are the latest Championship club showing interest” in what they call “Peterborough’s deadly duo.” Scouts in Attendance confirmed that Leeds United scouts watched Peterborough United’s 3-1 win over Bradford City on Boxing Day – a game where Jack Marriott hit a brace against the Bantams and Marcus Maddison provided two assists.

To press, Marriott (17 goals/three assists) and Maddison (five goals/15 assists) have 22 League One goals and 18 League One assists between them and today took their prolific talents into the FA Cup Third Round and a tie against Championship side Aston Villa – a side said to also be interested in the duo.

As far as the football was concerned it was normal service resumed against their more illustrious opponents, with both Marcus Maddison and Jack Marriott helping to down Aston Villa.

It was home side Villa who jumped out to an early lead, Keinan Davis (8′) netting an early goal to settle any pre-match nerves Villa fans might have had.

In truth, Villa shaded the first-half, with Davis’ goal running alongside good chances for Callum O’Hare and Andre Green. However, League One side Peterborough weren’t toothless in the opening 45 minutes, Villa keeper Jed Steer being called upon to make a good save from the dangerous Maddison.

If the opening half belonged to home side Villa, then the closing 15 minutes belonged to Peterborough United in general, and Marcus Maddison and Jack Marriott in particular.

First Marriott (75′) pulled the Posh level when Steven Taylor played in Irishman Chris Forrester and his dink to the back post was crashed goalward by Danny Lloyd, Marriott nodding in from close range.

A goal pulled back soon became a goal in front as Posh’s Ryan Tafazolli (83′) sent the travelling fans into uproarious cheer. A Marcus Maddison corner was powerfully met by Tafazolli, his header taking a deflection past Steer and into the Villa goal for a 2-1 Posh lead.

With the game heading towards its end, and Villa pushing, it was Peterborough and that man Marriott (90′) who put the game beyond all doubt.

It was another goal for goal machine Marriott, and another assist for assist king Maddison as M&M combined to put the result beyond doubt and Peterborough into the draw for the next round. Rather than try to say what happened, Peterborough’s match day media crew have the last word.

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