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29 January 2019 Venue The Memorial Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Peterborough United

28 January 2019

All the pre-match content ahead of Tuesday's encounter with Peterborough United.

Rovers head into Tuesday's fixture looking to carry forward the momentum generated by reaching the Checkatrade Trophy final four in their last outing, with a clinical Rovers display putting Port Vale to the sword at the Mem seven days ago.

Peterborough United parted company with Steve Evans over the weekend, as Darren Furguson rejoined the club to take charge and lead a push for promotion to the Championship. The Posh have won three times in their last ten games which led to the departure of Evans, but they still hold a playoff spot and sit just nine points off the automatic promotion places.

With a limited number of fixtures in Sky Bet League One over the weekend just gone, Rovers now have two games in hand on some of the teams congested in the final third of the table, with three points tomorrow potentially enough for the Gas to climb up to 18th in the standings, dependant on the results of both Shrewsbury and Bradford.

Manager's View: First-team Manager Graham Coughlan addressed the press bright and early on Monday morning to preview Tuesday's encounter.

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Preview: Graham Coughlan on Peterborough United

Players' View: Tareiq Holmes-Dennis faced questions from the press on Monday and discussed his own personal fitness levels since returning to first-team action.

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Preview: Tareiq Holmes-Dennis on Peterborough United

Opposition: The Posh played out a goalless draw against Charlton on Saturday afternoon and in the hours that followed, parted ways with Steve Evans. Former Peterborough boss, Darren Furguson was called upon to steady Peterborough's promotion push for the remaining seventeen games this season and first took training on Sunday morning in preparation for their trip to the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday. Peterborough's last league win came at home to Rochdale on the 12th January, but Tuesday's opponents have taken a total of twenty-seven points on the road this season.

Star Man - Ivan Toney: The striker is one of two Posh players to achieve double figures in goals so far this season, as the forward is enjoying a successful first campa at the ABAX Stadium. Toney opened his Peterborough account at the start of September in a 3-2 victory at Southend. As November arrived, the striker enjoyed somewhat of a purple patch, scoring thirteen goals in twelve games, which included hat-tricks against Bradford in the Emirates FA Cup and at the Wham Stadium against Accrington. In recent games, Toney scored against Chelsea's U21's at Stamford Bridge in the Checkatrade Trophy, with his goal tally sitting on seventeen in all competitions. 

Stat Attack: Peterborough hold the second best away record in the league, taking a total of twenty-seven points on the road so far this season, a feat that's is only bettered by Portsmouth. The Posh have conceded twenty-four goals this season in the second half and have conceded the first goal in thirteen of their twenty-nine games this season.

Press Talk: Posh boss Darren Furguson has labelled the Mem a tough place to visit ahead of Tuesday's encounter. Speaking to theposh.com, Furguson said, “Bristol Rovers is always a tough place to go and play, particularly on a Tuesday night. It is about we play, we have been working on a number of things since coming into the football club and we will try and put that into practice.

Last Time We Met: The two sides met on the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season at the ABAX Stadium and on that occasion, the Posh came out as 2-1 winners. Matt Godden opened the scoring early on, as the hosts doubled their advantage through Mark O'Hara midway through the opening forty-five minutes. Rovers responded well after the break, but couldn't force a goal until late on in the game, as Tom Lockyer cut the deficit in the final minutes, as Peterborough held on to claim the three points.

Tickets: Online tickets will be available up until midnight on Monday, 28th January. Tickets pre-purchased online are eligible for our 'Print at Home' option, which is a hassle-free way of securing your ticket that eliminates the need to queue on a match day to collect. We advise supporters who are collecting pre-booked tickets to do so at the earliest opportunity. Our match day ticket office opens at 5pm and is located behind the North Terrace. If you are purchasing a ticket on the day of the game, please note that we no longer accept cash at the turnstiles, as tickets must be purchased at the match day ticket office.

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Ticket Details: Peterborough United

Keeping Up With the Game: As usual, we will have updates throughout the game on social media. If you can't make it on Tuesday you can listen live on iFollow, whilst supporters based abroad will be able to watch the game. For more information about iFollow - please click HERE.

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Match Report: Rovers 2-2 Peterborough United

29 January 2019

Rovers produced a great display at the Mem on Tuesday evening, but were dealt a cruel blow when Peterborough's Joe Ward thundered home a 30-yard equaliser in the 90th minute.

Tom Nichols got Rovers off to a great start when he drove into the box and won a penalty, before stepping up and dispatching it into the top left corner.

Perhaps against the run of play and amidst some offside controversy, United levelled when Ivan Toney rounded Bonham and found the empty net.

Just before the break, Ollie Clarke rounded off an exciting first half and restored the hosts lead with an exquisite 25-yard lob.

There was predictably waves of pressure from Boro as they sought to salvage a point, and Rovers defended valiantly but were powerless to resist a screamer from substitute Ward in the closing minutes.

Rovers made one change going into the game and it was in the shape of Liam Sercombe, who returned to the starting XI at the expense of Kyle Bennett.

New arrival Gabriel Osho started the game on the bench. 

Graham Coughlan's side made a really positive start to the match, as they applied pressure to the Posh's defence from the off, with Nichols trying his luck and Sercombe seeing a dipping volley go just over the bar. 

O.Clarke was in the thick of it from the get-go and a powerful run into the left side of the box saw him lay off a nice pass for Joe Partington on the edge of the box, his shot was on target but it was blocked.

Rovers' strong, early showing thankfully paid dividends with just eight minutes on the clock.

Ex-Boro man Nichols looked fired up as he faced his former employers, no more so when he carried the ball excellently some distance in the penalty area, and checked inside smartly before he was brought down and awarded a penalty.

The striker then took charge, placed the ball on the spot and rifled it home into the top left corner to give Rovers the lead.

The visitors were gently trying to grow into the game and did enjoy a bit more possession in Rovers half - there was a heart in mouth moment when Lee Tomlin's miss-hit cross flew just marginally past Jack Bonham's post.

Bonham had his first bit of work to do on 26 minutes, as Toney worked some space on the left in the area and shot across goal but the Gas stopper parried it behind.

Rovers were probably playing some of the best football at the Mem so far this season, and caused continual problems for Peterborough's backline with their link up and movement; typified with a lovely give and go between Rodman and Lines down the right that saw the former surge into the box, he had cut back options but perhaps a bit selfishly went for goal and could only find the side netting.

Despite that, a sucker-punch against the run of play was dealt with little less than 10 minutes left on the clock. 

Ex-Bristol City Tomlin disguised a cute pass on the edge of the area through Toney, Bonham got out well to challenge at the forward's feet but the luck belonged to the Peterborough man as the ball fell kindly for him before he stroked it home into an empty net - huge protests of offside were ignored by the officials.

However, with the interval fast approaching there was to be another big moment and it went Rovers way.

After a bit of a mix up from Peterborough's defence forced by good pressure from Reilly, the ball popped out to O.Clarke about 25-yards out, he noticed the keeper off his line and calmly lifted the ball over him and into the back of the net to claim his sixth goal of the season.

Understandably after the break, the Posh looked to come straight out and get on the front foot and nearly found an equaliser when Matt Godden was put through on goal, he struck powerfully before Bonham produced a fine reflex save to deny him.

64 minutes gone and Rovers still held their slender lead, but it was not plain sailing as Boro maintained a threat, with Toney continuing to try and get in behind and almost doing so as he latched onto a lovely chip over the top, but his touch let him down and Bonham swept up.

Rodman had been excellent down the right flank all evening and was still causing issues in the 70th minute, as he marauded down the wing and fired an inviting cross across the face of goal that sadly could not be met by someone in blue and white.

Shortly after, Coughlan made his first change as he brought on Alex Jakubiak in place of Nichols.

Rodman again was proving an outlet for Rovers down the right side, this time spinning off his man onto his left foot before firing over the target.

A second substitution came on the 84th minute, as James Clarke came on in place of Reilly to sure things up at the back - fair play to the Scotsman who had ran his socks off all evening.

Rovers looked to have done enough to claim all three points, until Ward stepped off the bench to arrow home a 30-yard screamer in the 90th minute as Coughlan's men were dealt a real sucker punch.

Rovers XI: Jack Bonham (GK), Joe Partington, Tom Lockyer (c), Tony Craig, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Ollie Clarke, Chris Lines, Liam Sercombe, Alex Rodman, Tom Nichols (Alex Jakubiak, 70'), Gavin Reilly (James Clarke, 84').

Subs: Adam Smith (GK), Gabriel Osho, Ed Upson, Sam Matthews, Stefan Payne.

Peterborough United: Conor O'Malley, Jason Naismith, Alex Woodyard (C), Ben White, Matt Godden (Siriki Dembele, 74'), Callum Cooke, Rhys Bennett, Ivan Toney, Danny Lafferty, Lee Tomlin (Marcus Maddison 65'), Kyle Dempsey (Joe Ward 65').

Subs: Aaron Chapman, Louis Reed, George Cooper, Matthew Stevens.

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Ticket Details: Peterborough United

24 January 2019

Rovers entertain Peterborough United at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, 29th January.

Supporters can purchase tickets in person at the Mem from our Superstore - which is open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. The Club Shop is open between 9am-12:30pm on Saturday, 26th January.

Online tickets for this fixture will be available until midnight on Monday, 28th January and we are now able to offer a 'Print at Home' service for tickets purchased online (please note that these tickets must be printed at home or shown on a compatible mobile device). More information on how to use our Print at Home service can be found HERE.

To purchase tickets online please click HERE.

Family stand tickets are now available for purchase online, but we remind fans you must be accompanied by at least one Under-16 supporter for entry to this stand.

For more information on the ticket prices for the various sections of the ground - please click HERE.

We also advise getting to the ground early to avoid queueing for your ticket and would like to point out that we cannot accept cash on the turnstiles.

If you do end up buying tickets on the day, we'd like to remind you to do this at the Ticket Office situated outside the ground between the North Terrace and West Stand.

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