3pm, Saturday 8th January 2022
FA Cup Round Three
I have waited to the very last minute to write this preview, as we have had so many games postponed due to a Covid breakout in the Bristol Rovers camp. Even as I write this on Saturday morning, I am not 100% confident that the game will go ahead.
It has been so long since The Gas were last in action. 11th December 2021 to be exact. That 4-2 victory over Rochdale seems a million miles away and very much a distant memory.
The long awaited FA Cup third round clash with championship Peterborough United is now finally upon us. Not the glamour tie that we were hoping for, but Peterborough in many ways are example of a club that we should aspire to emulate. They have always appeared to be a well organised club as long as I can remember, and fully deserve their place in the championship, however long this current stay will be. Even if they get relegated, it would not be a surprise to see them back in the Championship within five years. Oh how us Gasheads would love to be in that position!
On to the game. Peterborough are clearly a much better side that Bristol Rovers, so avoiding a defeat will be a huge task this afternoon. The only potential hope is that Peterborough may be fielding a weakened side due to Covid / injuries. Even so, it will require a massive effort. Hopefully the boys will be up to the challenge an make it an entertaining game.
3-1 – FA Cup heartbreak for The Gas.
The Gas exit the FA Cup at the third round stage with a good performance against Championship Peterborough.
Rovers kept attacking right up to the end of the game and gave a good account of themselves. There were chances towards the end of the game to take the cup tie to extra time, but it sounded like Peterborough had the better chances over the course of the game and probably deserved to go through.
This was not the one-sided affair that it could have been, and Rovers were in no way outclassed by their Championship opponents.
Now it is time to concentrate on the league and the push for a playoff place. Promotion for our football club is critical and has to be the goal for the remainder of the season.