Date:Monday December 9 2013
Attendance: 3,269 (242 Rovers fans)
Posh were expecting a tricky tie in this Cup match with Rovers only having lost once in their last eight matches but in truth they never put up a fight!
Were Rovers expecting the worst after suffering a 5-0 defeat at home to Posh earlier in the season?
Fans were raving over the performance which in truth wasn`t spectacular but it was a very professional performance against a very poor side in front of a very poor attendance.
The match didn`t really get going until Britt Assombalonga scored the first goal. Prior to that, the match, at times, resembled a poor match between two mid-table League Two sides!
It may sound strange to many, but the change in tempo could`ve been when loanee Hogan Ephraim went off injured and was replaced by Danny Swanson. Swanson was always buzzing around looking for the ball and making himself available.
Assombalonga`s first strike came just ten minutes after Swanson`s arrival after being fed by the impressive Lee Tomlin while Shaun Jeffers, a shock starter, notched goal number two in the dying moments of the first half when he pounced at the back post after a Tomlin corner was flicked on by Shaun Brisley, who was also outstanding in the air all game.
As the game wore on, Posh seemed to get better and better and looked like the side we know they are but at the same time, Rovers confidence was getting lower and lower.
Danny Swanson set up Assombalonga`s second goal but it was his third goal that was the goal of the game. The goal was similar to the goal Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored against Shrewsbury Town which won the Vital Posh October Goal of the Month.
Shaun Jeffers had the final say in the match though as he finished a low cross from Michael Bostwick, who had reverted to right-back in the second half when Mark Little was replaced.
Overall, it was a hugely better performance than in recent weeks but we shouldn`t get carried away. Rovers were probably the worst side that have visited London Road this season but we have to hope we have finally turned the corner and got out bad patch out of the way.
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Date:Monday December 9 2013
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