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PETERBOROUGH UNITED v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
FA Cup 4th round replay
Wednesday 10th February 2016, 7:45pm
ABAX Stadium
(Live on BBC One)

MATCH NOTES

The game will be the 19th league and cup meeting between the two clubs. Albion currently lead the way in terms of victories with 11 compared to United's four. There have been four previous FA Cup games with Albion winning two and drawing two.

Albion's last game on this date took place in 2007 when the Baggies played out a 1-1 draw with Southampton at The Hawthorns, Kevin Phillips the hosts' goalscorer. The club's last win on February 10 came back in 2002 when a Danny Dichio goal was enough to earn promotion-chasing Albion all three points by beating Norwich City 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies' last FA Cup game on February 10 came back in 1936, Albion losing a 4th round 2nd replay 0-2 against Bradford Park Avenue at Old Trafford.

Peterborough's last game on this date took place as recently as last year, the Posh slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to Gillingham.

Albion last lost a FA Cup tie to a lower tier team in 2011 when Reading knocked them out at the 3rd round stage. The last time the Baggies were knocked out of the FA Cup by a third tier side was in 1999, Bournemouth the 1-0 victors in a 3rd round clash at Dean Court.

Albion's last six games: Newcastle United (A) 0-1; Swansea City (H) 1-1; Peterborough United (H, FAC) 2-2; Aston Villa (H) 0-0; Bristol City (A, FAC) 1-0; Southampton (A) 0-3.

Peterborough's last six games: Chesterfield (A) 1-0; Albion (A, FAC) 2-2; Burton Albion (H) 0-1; Gillingham (A) 1-2; Southend United (H) 0-0; Preston North End (H, FAC) 2-0.

TEAM NEWS

Albion

Baggies' boss Tony Pulis looks likely to be without a number of first team regulars for the trip to Peterborough.

Chris Brunt, Callum McManaman and James Morrison are definitely out with Jonny Evans also a major doubt.

Recent signings Alex Pritchard and Sandro are both ineligible for the Baggies whilst the defensive trio of Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson face late fitness tests.

Peterborough United

Peterborough will be without Michael Smith and Ricardo Santos who are suspended whilst Jack Baldwin is doubtful with a back injury.

Tom Nichols and former Albion striker Adil Nabi are both ineligible for the tie.

MATCH ODDS

Result

Albion Win: 21/20, Peterborough United Win: 11/4, Draw: 23/10.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 9/2, Rondon 5/1, Lambert 11/2, Anichebe 11/2, Sessegnon 15/2, McClean 9/1, Roberts 9/1, Gardner 10/1, Leko 11/1, Brunt 14/1, Fletcher 14/1, Dawson 16/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 33/1, Chester 33/1, Olsson 33/1.

Peterborough United: Angol 7/1, Coulibaly 15/2, Coulthirst 8/1, Da Silva-Lopes 9/1, Maddison 9/1, Oztumer 10/1, Samuelsen 10/1, Forrester 11/1, Taylor 11/1, Bostwick 14/1, Beautyman 16/1, Zakuani 33/1, Baldwin 33/1.

No Goalscorer: 9/1.

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MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Assistant Referees:
Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent) & Richard West (East Riding)
Fourth Official:
Nick Kinseley (Essex)

Jones has taken charge of one Albion game so far this season - the 1-0 win over Newcastle United at The Hawthorns in December.

He took charge of three Albion games last season - the 3-0 win at The Hawthorns over champions Chelsea in May, the 0-0 draw at Sunderland in February and the 2-1 defeat at home to West Ham United in December.

The Cheshire official last took charge of a Peterborough game back in November 2013 - their 1-0 defeat at home to Stevenage.

Jones has issued 86 yellow cards and one red in the 25 games he has officiated so far this season.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets will be on sale to travelling supporters at the stadium prior to kick-off priced at 23 adults, 14 seniors (60+)/under-22s and 10 under-18s.

WEATHER FORECAST

Clear skies, 4C.

FIXTURE HISTORY

The first ever meeting between Albion and Peterborough United took place during the 1965/66 season in League Cup competition. The two clubs met at the semi-final stage, those days played over two legs. In the first game at The Hawthorns Albion ran out 2-1 winners with goals from Jeff Astle and Tony Brown. Two weeks later at London Road the Baggies progressed to the final with a 4-2 win to give them a 6-3 victory on aggregate, 'Bomber' Brown this time hitting a hat-trick.

The clubs met again in the same competition in September 1968, Fourth Division Posh this time pulling off a major surprise by winning a third round tie at London Road 2-1 with goals from Peter Price and Peter Thompson.

The Baggies suffered another 2-1 defeat at London Road in August 1974, this time in the short-lived Texaco Cup competition and it was the Posh who came out triumphant again during the 1988/89 season, knocking Ron Atkinson's Albion out of the Littlewoods League Cup 3-2 over two legs.

Albion and Peterborough met for the first time in league action during the 1991/92 season - the Baggies first at Third Division level. The initial game at The Hawthorns in September saw Albion run out comfortable 4-0 winners with Gary Robson (2), Paul Williams and Stewart Bowen the goalscorers. The return match the following April saw the clubs play out a 0-0 bore draw as Albion's play-off push faltered further.

The first FA Cup meeting between the Baggies and the Posh took place during the 2007/08 season, Albion winning a fourth round tie 3-0 at London Road on their way to the semi-finals, Roman Bednar, Robert Koren and Kevin Phillips on the scoresheet. Just twelve months later the clubs faced each other again, this time in the third round of the competition. After a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns a Tony Mowbray-led side won a replay 2-0 thanks to goals from Arsenal loanee Jay Simpson and defender Paul Robinson.

The Baggies' biggest victory over the Posh is the aforementioned 4-0 win in September 1991 whilst Peterborough's biggest win over Albion is their 3-0 success at The Hawthorns in the Littlewoods League Cup in August 1988.

Prior to this season, the last competitive meeting of the clubs came during Albion's 2009/10 promotion winning campaign, Roberto Di Matteo's men running out 2-0 winners at The Hawthorns, Luke Moore and a Ryan Bennett own goal enough to give the Baggies three points.

Albion have won on each of their last four visits to London Road.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here

PREVIOUS FA CUP MEETINGS

2015/16

Saturday 30th January 2016
Albion 2-2 Peterborough United
FA Cup 3rd round
The Hawthorns
Attendance: 22,517

Albion: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Pocognoli, Sessegnon (Anichebe), Yacob, Gardner, McClean, Lambert (Rondon), Berahino. Goalscorers: Berahino 2

Peterborough United: Alnwick, Smith, Bostwick, Almeida Santos, Wilson, Baldwin, Beautyman, Forrester, Oztumer, Coulthirst, Angol. Goalscorers: Coulthirst, Taylor

2008/09

Tuesday 13th January 2009
Peterborough United 0-2 Albion
FA Cup 3rd round replay
London Road
Attendance: 10,735

Peterborough United: Lewis, Martin, Williams, Lee (Batt), Morgan, Zakuani, Whelpdale, Keates, McLean, Mackail-Smith, Boyd.

Albion: Carson, Hoefkens, Robinson, Teixeira (Dorrans), Barnett, Donk, Kim (Valero), Koren, Bednar, Simpson (Beattie), Greening. Goalscorers: Simpson, Robinson.

Saturday 3rd January 2009
Albion 1-1 Peterborough United
FA Cup 3rd round
The Hawthorns
Attendance: 18,659

Albion: Carson, Hoefkens, Cech, Valero, Barnett, Olsson, Greening, Koren (Simpson), Bednar (Beattie), Moore (Dorrans), Brunt.  Goalscorer: Olsson.

Peterborough United: Lewis, Martin, Lee, Coutts, Morgan, Zakuani, Whelpdale (Batt), Keates, McLean (Torres), Mackail-Smith, Boyd. Goalscorer: Mackail-Smith.

2007/08

Saturday 26th January 2008
Peterborough United 0-3 Albion
FA Cup 4th round
London Road
Attendance: 12,701

Peterborough United: Lewis, Newton, Day, Lee, Charnock, Morgan, Whelpdale, Keates (Mitchell), McLean, Mackail-Smith, Boyd.

Albion: Kiely, Hoefkens, Robinson, Teixeira, Cesar, Albrechtsen, Morrison, Koren, Bednar (Phillips), Beattie (MacDonald), Greening (Brunt). Goalscorers: Bednar, Koren, Phillips (pen).

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Saturday 30 January 2016 - Albion 2-2 Peterborough United - FA Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 13 January 2009 - Peterborough United 0-2 Albion - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay - London Road
Saturday 26 January 2008 - Peterborough United 0-3 Albion - FA Cup 4th Round - London Road

LAST MEETING AT LONDON ROAD

Peterborough United 2-3 Albion
Coca-Cola Championship
Tuesday 18th August 2009, 7:45pm

Peterborough United: Lewis; Lee, Morgan (Rowe 77), Zakuani, Williams (Martin 15); Batt, Diagouraga (Frecklington 63), Coutts, Boyd; Mclean, Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: McKeown (gk), Keates, Pearce, Green.

Goalscorers: Mackail-Smith 45+1, Mclean 53

Booked: Batt 16 (foul), Coutts 26 (foul)

Albion: Carson; Cummings, Martis, Olsson, Mattock; Brunt, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Cech (Thomas 67); Moore (Beattie 87), Wood (Koren 54). Subs not used: Kiely (gk), Barnett, Reid, Cox.

Goalscorers: Moore 3 & 34, Brunt 41

Sent-Off: Dorrans 90+5 (second bookable offence)

Booked: Dorrans 50 (foul), Martis 78 (throwing ball away)

Attendance:  8,752 (1,470 Albion fans)

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire)

West Brom survived a Peterborough fightback and a late dismissal to secure a second win of the season. The Baggies looked to be cruising after Luke Moore's double - the opener after a bad mistake by Posh keeper Joe Lewis - and Chris Brunt made it 3-0.  Craig Mackail-Smith's diving header pulled one back before Aaron Mclean scored a second from close range.  But West Brom held on, despite losing Graham Dorrans to a red card for a bad foul on Charlie Lee. Albion remain unbeaten after three games as they look to bounce back up to the Premier League.  

Despite leaving out Jonathan Greening they made a flying start after Gabriel Zakuani cheaply surrendered possession to Moore on the edge of the area.  He fired a speculative effort towards goal and England Under-21 keeper Lewis allowed it to horribly squirm under his body and into the net.  Albion keeper Scott Carson denied Mclean and Mackail-Smith somehow put wide from close range.  But West Brom capitalised on the open nature of the game and Moore doubled their lead in the 34th minute, converting from 12 yards after a neat through-ball from youngster Chris Wood.  Brunt then converted after good work from on-loan debutant Shaun Cummings down the right.  There was still time before the interval for Mackail-Smith to pull a goal back for Posh with a header from Shaun Batt's cross, bringing an end to a breathless first half. Peterborough began to impose themselves and the impressive George Boyd put a cross into the box for Mclean to poke home from six yards.  But Albion kept their nerve to hold on for the three points, only for Dorrans' exit to make it a disappointing way for the game to end.

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CURRENT CONNECTIONS

Albion striker Saido Berahino spent a short spell on loan at London Road during the 2012/13 season, scoring two goals in ten appearances for the Posh.

Baggies' defender James Chester made five appearances for Peterborough whilst on loan from Manchester United in February 2009.

Albion's on-loan midfielder Alex Pritchard also spent a short spell on loan at Peterborough from Tottenham during the 2012/13 season.

Peterborough striker Adil Nabi progressed through Albion's academy to become a regular in the club's under-21 side but failed to make a first team appearance for the club. He moved to London Road for an undisclosed fee earlier this month.

PAST CONNECTIONS

Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Kenny Allen, Ian Benjamin, Trevor Benjamin, David Bradford, Paul Bradshaw, Colin Brookes, Len Cantello, Campbell Chapman, Paul Crichton, Vic Crowe, Tom Daley, Tony Dobson, Bobby Downes, Exodus Geohaghon, Sid Glidden, Tony Godden, Harry Guy, Gary Hackett, Roy Horobin, Lyndon Hughes, Tony Kelly, Derek Kevan, Zat Knight, Noel Luke, Mick Martin, Alan Merrick, Tony Millington, Stuart Naylor, Martin Pike, James Quinn, Tony Rees, Reuben Reid, Justin Richards, Ronnie Robinson, Terry Simpson, Keith Smith, Luke Steele, Josh Thompson, George Thorne, Frank White, John Wile and Gary Woods.

Baggies' legend John Wile played for both clubs, managed the Posh, managed Albion on a caretaker basis, and more recently had a spell as Chief Executive at The Hawthorns; Gordon Clark and Jimmy Hagan managed both clubs; Former Albion goalkeeper Tony Godden spent time coaching at London Road whilst former Posh players Fred Barber and Eric Steele both had spells as goalkeeping coach at The Hawthorns; Former Albion Chief Scout Richie Barker played for Peterborough; Aidy Boothroyd - who spent time as Albion's Youth Development Officer and Technical Director - played for the Posh and also spent time coaching in their reserve and youth system.

 

ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS PETERBOROUGH UNITED

 VENUE P W D  L F A
 Home 8 5 2 1 17 8
 Away 10 6 1 3 18 10
 Total 18 11 3 4 35 18

LAST TEN MATCHES AGAINST PETERBOROUGH UNITED

 DATE  COMPETITION H/A F-A  SCORERS      GATE
 Sat 30 Jan 2016  FA Cup H 2-2  Berahino 2 - Coulthirst, Taylor     22,517
 Sat 26 Dec 2009  Championship H 2-0  Moore, Bennett (og)     24,924
 Tue 18 Aug 2009  Championship A 3-2  Moore 2, Brunt - Mackail-Smith, McLean       8,752
 Tue 13 Jan 2009  FA Cup A 2-0  Simpson, Robinson     10,735
 Sat 03 Jan 2009  FA Cup H 1-1  Olsson - Mackail-Smith     18,659
 Sat 26 Jan 2008  FA Cup A 3-0  Bednar, Koren, Phillips (pen)     12,701
 Tue 28 Aug 2007  League Cup A 2-0  Gera, Ellington       4,917
 Sat 15 Jan 1994  League Division 1 A 0-2  Strodder (og), Charlery       7,757
 Sat 16 Oct 1993  League Division 1 H 3-0  Taylor 2, Strodder     15,134
 Wed 15 Sep 1993  Anglo-Italian Cup H 3-1  McNally, Mellon, Darton - Okorie       4,168


 
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