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Emirates FA Cup Match Preview - Peterborough United v Rovers

7 January 2022

Rovers head to Cambridgeshire to take on Peterborough United in the third-round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Rovers take on Championship side, Peterborough United in the Emirates FA Cup third-round this Saturday (3pm KO). The Gas progressed to this round of the famous competition after overcoming fellow Sky Bet League Two side, Sutton United. Rovers' last victory against The Posh came in 2007 thanks to a late winner from Stuart Campbell. Below is all the essential info ahead of our trip to Peterborough!

Manager's Preview

Rovers Manager, Joey Barton sat down with local press ahead of this weekend's Emirates FA Cup clash at the Weston Homes Stadium. 

"It’s the FA Cup. We were all but dead and buried against Oxford in the replay and the lads were incredible to get back into the tie and go on and win it. We then had a hard-fought game against Sutton at home to get to this stage and you’re in the third round of the FA Cup.

'I think we have as fair a chance as Peterborough, albeit we play a Championship level opposition, but no pressure on the lads. Go and enjoy the cup competition and then it gives us a springboard into Hartlepool next Saturday, which is the bread and butter."

Opposition View

Peterborough United Manager, Darren Ferguson spoke to Peterborough United ahead of our visit to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“It has been a frustrating time without a game over the festive and New Year period, but you have to adapt, both in terms of the training sessions but also in terms of the preparation. Both teams haven’t played a competitive game for a while and make no mistake, Bristol Rovers have got some good players and experience in key areas.

We want to banish the memory of last season when we were beaten by Chorley. We know we have to play well to win. This competition is important to us, we want to progress for financial reasons, but also because it will give us momentum going into a run of Championship fixtures in a short space of time.”


Last Time Out

Form Guide

Saturday's opponents currently sit in 22nd place in the Championship this season. In their last six fixtures, the Posh have recorded one win which came in their game against Milwall. Peterborough United lost last time out. A 3-1 away defeat at the hands of Blackpool. This weekend's FA Cup tie will be the first game Peterborough have played since the 18th of December after their visit to Championship leaders Bournemouth was postponed.

This season's leading marksman for Peterborough is Siriki Dembélé. The Ivorian-born winger has found the back of the net on five occasions for The Posh so far this campaign.


Familiar Faces

Rovers fans could be reunited with Jonson Clarke-Harris this Saturday. Clarke-Harris joined Rovers on Deadline Day from Coventry City in January 2019. His first goal for The Gas came in our 1-1 draw against Portsmouth. Clarke-Harris won the League One Player of the Month award for his stellar performances in March 2019. In that month, Clarke-Harris scored eight goals in four matches, including a hat-trick against Blackpool. The striker departed Rovers in August 2020 where he resigned for Peterborough, who he had previously played for in 2012, on a four-year deal.


Ref Watch

Andy Davies is the man in charge of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup encounter with Peterborough United. Davies has officiated 20 games across the Championship, League One, League Two and the League Cup so far this season. In those games, Davies averages 20.50 fouls per game and hands out an average of 2.65 yellow cards every 90 minutes. 


How to Follow

Due to broadcasting restrictions around the Emirates FA Cup - Saturday's game won't be available to watch on iFollow. Audio passes are available for both UK and international-based supporters. Audio passes can be purchased HERE.


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Match Reports

Match Report - Peterborough 2-1 Rovers

8 January 2022

Rovers' FA Cup dreams were shattered as they fell to a narrow defeat at Championship side Peterborough.

Rovers made four changes to their line-up to face the Posh in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round at the Weston Homes Stadium.

In came Luke Thomas, Zain Westbrooke, Sion Spence and new loan signing James Connolly to replace Harry Anderson, Aaron Collins, Glenn Whelan and Connor Taylor.


The home side began on the front foot and Szmodics flashed a shot just wide in the first minute. Two minutes later, a quickly-taken free-kick saw Antony Evans burst down the right and his low cross was just about dealt with by the home defence.

Antony Evans was next to stretch the Posh backline, his left-footed strike blocked by a sliding Edwards.

Peterborough took the lead in the 20th minute as Sammie Szmodics burst through and slid the ball bast Belshaw.The Gas went straight up the other end and Sam Nicholson hit the deck under a heavy challenge, but referee Davies waved away appeals for a penalty.


James Belshaw was being kept busy in the Rovers' net and had to be alert to beat away a Burrows strike in the 26th minute. Suddenly, Rovers were offered a lifeline as home 'keeper Cornell raced from his line and upended Evans in the penalty area. The referee hesitated but correctly awarded Rovers a penalty.

Skipper Paul Coutts rifled the ball home with designated penalty-taker Evans off the pitch receiving treatment.


The Gas were in the ascendancy now and pushing down the right flank, with Thomas and Evans seeing plenty of the ball.

With half-time approaching, stand-in manager Mangan will have been delighted with what he was seeing as the threat from the home side was being contained by Anderton and new signing Connolly.

A great tackle from Trevor Clarke prevented Posh re-taking the lead through Dembele.

Belshaw was then called into action again to block an onrushing Grant as the home side began to build some momentum. It was substitute Mumba who restored the home side's lead in the 63rd minute with a fine finish past Belshaw.

The Gas responded by replacing Trevor Clarke with Ryan Jones. A superb challenge from Connolly then thwarted Szmodics from five yards out as Posh looked to put the game beyond Rovers.

Brett Pitman was next to enter the action in the 68th minute for Sion Spence. The home side had a strong claim for a penalty turned down in the 76th minute as Antony Evans tangled with Szmodics, but referee Davies was having none of it.

Davies then showed the first yellow card of the afternoon to Posh skipper Norburn for a late challenge on Evans. Evans was then agonisingly close to an equaliser following good work from Luke Thomas; Evans' shot deflected just wide for a corner.

Posh then went straight up the other end but Szmodics spurned a glorious chance, shooting wide when clean through on goal. Pitman then struck firmly straight at a Peterborough defender as the game continued its frenetic tempo.

Teenager, Max Edwards-Stryjewski was handed his Rovers debut as the match drew to a close replacing Luke Thomas in the 93rd minute.

Rovers thought they had snatched a draw in injury-time as Belshaw came up for a corner, headed downwards and the ball ended up deflecting into the net, but the referee had already blown for a foul.


His next whistle signaled the end of a pulsating tie, and the end of the FA Cup adventure for another year.

Next up for Rovers is the Sky Bet League Two clash with Hartlepool at The Memorial Stadium next Saturday, January 15th, kick-off 3pm.

Peterborough: David Cornell (GK), Ronnie Edwards, Nathan Thompson, Sammie Szmodics, Jack Taylor, Siriki Dembele, Jorge Grant, Josh Knight, Harrison Burrows, Oliver Norburn (c), Joe Tomlinson (Mumba 46).

Subs: William Blackmore (GK), Frankie Kent, Jonson Clarke-Harris, Ricky-Jady Jones, Kai Corbett, Joe Ward, Bali Mumba, Kyle Barker, Luke Harris.

Rovers: James Belshaw, James Connolly, Luke Thomas, Zain Westbrooke, Sam Nicholson, Paul Coutts (c), Nick Anderton, Trevor Clarke, Antony Evans, Sion Spence (Pitman 68), Luca Hoole.

Subs: Jed Ward (GK), Pablo Martinez, Brett Pitman, Jerry Lawrence, Ryan Jones, Lucas Vaughan, Malik Sesay, Max Edwards-Stryjewski.

Referee: A Davies

Attendance: 4,937

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Ticket News

Ticket Information - Peterborough United

10 December 2021

Ticket information for our Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie against Peterborough United.

Rovers head to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday, 8th January 2022 (3pm KO).

Ticket sales will open for 2021/2022 Season Ticket holders from 10am on Monday, 13th December. Please be aware, Season Ticket holders will only be permitted to purchase one ticket per membership.

Ticket sales will open for members from 10am on Wednesday, 15th December. Please be aware, members will only be permitted to purchase one ticket per membership.

General ticket sales for this fixture will then go on sale from 10am on Friday, 17th December

Tickets are cheaper when purchased in advance.

Full ticket prices are listed below; 

Season Ticket Holders 

Adults £13
Seniors/U22s £8
U18s £3

Advance Tickets (Non-Season Ticket Holders)

Adults £15
Seniors/U22s £10
U18s £5

On the day (All supporters)

Adults £20
Seniors/U22s £15
U18s £5

To purchase tickets online, please click HERE.

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