LIVE: PETERBOROUGH UNITED vs BRISTOL ROVERS- Posh make FA Cup progress after hard-fought win

Peterborough United may fancy their chances of making progress in the FA Cup as they host League Two Bristol Rovers in the third round at the Weston Homes stadium (January 8, 3pm).

By Ben Jones
Saturday, 8th January 2022, 9:00 am
Updated Saturday, 8th January 2022, 5:18 pm
Nathan Thompson Peterborough United plays the ball beyond Trevor Clarke of Bristol Rovers. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Nathan Thompson Peterborough United plays the ball beyond Trevor Clarke of Bristol Rovers. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh will be boosted by the return of Ricky-Jade Jones and the loan signing of full-back Bali Mumba. Both will be looking to help Posh reach the fourth round of the competition for only the third time in 18 years.

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There could be a few reunions as Jonson Clarke-Harris faces his old side, meanwhile Paul Coutts and Harry Anderson could make a return to the Weston Homes Stadium.

Follow all the action on the PT live blog below.

Jonson Clarke-Harris is set to face his old club. Photo: Joe Dent.

LIVE BLOG: Posh vs Bristol Rovers

Last updated: Saturday, 08 January, 2022, 16:54

  • 3pm kick-off
  • Ricky-Jade Jones expected to return to the squad
  • Joel Randall sidelined with hamstring issue
  • Bali Mumba could make debut
  • Jonson Clarke-Harris faces his old side, while Paul Coutts and Harry Anderson could line up for Rovers
  • Bristol Rovers sit 18th in League Two
  • Posh looking to reach the fourth round for only the third time in 18 years, never beaten Rovers in an FA Cup tie

Exactly why Posh need to get this game sewn up. Rovers break on Posh and nearly score. Pitman sees a shot deflected past a helpless Cornell, it’s a big one and he has no chance to react, just be thankful it goes just past the post.

Posh have had so many good openings today but have wasted so many of them. This game should be safe by now.

Rash challenge from Norburn on halfway, goes into the book.

No idea how Posh haven’t scored or got a penalty. Grant robs Anderton in the box, plays a ball across to Dembele but is hauled down as he does it. Dembele has a chance to score but chooses to pass it to Szmodics. It’s not a good one and he’s tackled, it bobbles back to Dembele who fires a shot away but the angle is not as good this time and the keeper saves. Grant then screws it well over. Crazy few seconds.

Grant falls over as he shoots on the edge of the box. Lots of Posh pressure now but too many bad passes.

Rovers bring on top scorer Brett Pitman for Sion Spence.

Posh well on top this half, Rovers have barely been out of their half.

That probably should be 3-1. Dembele put in behind the defence again, he’s ahead of the play and has a chance to play the vall across to Szmodics for a tap-in but it’s underhit and Anderton is invited to make the block when he shouldn’t have been.

What an excellent goal. Mumba has been a threat since he’s come on. He’s scored now after a classy one-two with Szmodics on the edge of the box. First-touch pass and Mumba is in on goal, rolls it past the keeper like a striker.

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