Posh v WBA 4th Rd Replay 10 Feb 2016

Venue: The ABAX Stadium, London Road, Peterborough

Attendance: 10,632 (776 away fans)

Score: West Bromwich Albion 1 v Peterborough Utd 1

West Bromwich Albion won 4-3 on penalties

Referee: Mike Jones

West Bromwich Albion needed penalties to defeat the Posh in this BBC live televised FA Cup fourth-round replay.

With the Premier League team leading 4-3 in the shootout, Posh striker Lee Angol had his spot-kick saved by Ben Foster to take the Baggies through.

Earlier, Jon Taylor – who scored the equaliser at The Hawthorns to take the tie to a replay – put Posh ahead.

But Darren Fletcher smashed in an equaliser for the visitors, who will play Reading in the fifth round.

Like Angol, Peterborough midfielder Martin Samuelsen also had a spot-kick saved in the shootout, but his miss was cancelled out when Fletcher slid his penalty wide.

On the balance of play, Posh may feel aggrieved not to have won.

Led by a superb man-of-the-match display by West Ham loanee Samuelsen, Posh looked equal to a side 36 places above them in the football pyramid.

And the team eighth in League One almost opened the scoring when Harry Beautyman’s effort was blocked by a diving James Chester.

Beautyman had another chance in the first half, but allowed the ball to run across him instead of taking an instinctive shot in the area, which allowed Foster to get across to save.

Posh got their reward when Taylor latched on to a ball by Angol, ran into the area and shot across Foster to put Graham Westley’s side ahead.

West Bromwich Albion came into the match having won just one of their past eight away matches, and without a Premier League win in five.

Manager Tony Pulis was dealt an early setback when defender Gareth McAuley had to come off injured.

But after a sustained spell of pressure from Posh, the Baggies, without a shot on target in three of their past four league games, finally found their feet late in the first half.

However, defender Chester somehow missed the target from a few yards out following a corner.

After another lull early in the second half, going behind gave them a second wind, and Fletcher scored his first FA Cup goal in eight years when he smashed home after James McClean’s cross was only partially cleared.

A West Bromwich Albion win seemed inevitable after the equaliser, and Pulis’ side had the better of the extra 30 minutes.

But Michael Bostwick and Gabriel Zakuani, making his first start since 7 November because of injury, were equal to everything and blocked numerous attempts on goal. Zakuani’s goal line clearance from Craig Gardner’s half-volley was perhaps the pick of their efforts.

Saido Berahino should have won it for Albion in the final seconds but, when free at the back post, he headed Gardner’s free-kick wide before penalties settled the tie.

Peterborough boss Graham Westley said “Our lads will gain so much from that experience. They performed tremendously but now we have the league to concentrate on, as any manager would say. “I never think it’s a big deal with a missed penalty. Anybody can miss a penalty. Both Martin Samuelsen and Lee Angol showed courage to go up there and will learn from the penalties they took.”

After the game West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis said “That’s what the FA Cup is all about – the smaller team pushing the bigger team to the limit. Credit to them and British football. It is nerve-wracking but Peterborough should take a lot of credit.”

The Posh: Ben Alnwick, Andrew Fox, Jack Baldwin, Michael Bostwick, Martin Samuelson, Harry Beautyman (Marcus Maddison, 99), Chris Forrester, Jon Taylor (Erhun Oztumer, 105), Shaquille Coulthirst (Souleymane  Coulibaly, 89) and Lee Angol

Unused Subs: Kgosi Nthle, Harry Toffolo, Dion Henry and Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

West Bromwich Albion: Ben Foster, Jonas Olsson, James Chester, Cristian Gamboa, Gareth McAuley (S Pocognoli, 19), Claudio Yacob (S Sessegnon, 62), Craig Gardner, James McClean, Darren Fletcher, Jose Salomon Rondon and Saido Berahino

Unused Subs: Joe Ward, Boaz Myhill, Victor Anichebe, Jonathan Leko and Tyler Roberts

Bookings:  Andrew Fox and Chris Forrester (the Posh), Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion)

Goal Scorers: Jon Taylor 55 mins (the Posh), Darren Fletcher 71 mins (West Bromwich Albion)

 

The Penalty Shoot out:

GOAL! Peterborough 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Sebastien Pocognoli scores. Shot placed to the right of the goal.

GOAL! Peterborough 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Michael Bostwick scores. He puts his foot through it.

GOAL! Peterborough 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

Saido Berahino takes it and scores. He steps up after missing that chance at the end of extra time, placing it to the right of the goal as Alnwick dives to the left.

GOAL! Peterborough 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

Marcus Maddison takes it and scores. He finds the left of the goal as Foster dives to the right.

GOAL! Peterborough 2-3 West Bromwich Albion

Craig Gardner takes it and scores. Same as before. He scores to the left, Alnwick dives to the right. West Bromwich Albion lead 3-2.

Peterborough 2-3 West Bromwich Albion

Martin Samuelsen takes it and misses. The 18-year-old on loan from West Ham was outstanding for 120 minutes tonight. However Foster saves the kick as he tries to place it a little too close to the centre.

Peterborough 2-3 West Bromwich Albion

Darren Fletcher takes it and misses. A terrible penalty. He goes for the left side of the goal but it’s off target. Tony Pulis West Bromwich Albion’s Manager cannot believe it.

GOAL! Peterborough 3-3 West Bromwich Albion

Andrew Fox takes it and scores. Foster dives the right way but it’s just under the goalkeeper.

GOAL! Peterborough 3-4 West Bromwich Albion

James Chester takes it and scores. Straight run and he finds the left of the net. Cool as you like.

Peterborough 3-4 West Bromwich Albion

Lee Angol takes it and misses. Shot slightly to the right but too close to the centre and weak resulting in Foster making an easy save.

After two hundred and ten minutes of football and nine penalties, the Posh went out of the 2015/16 FA cup against Premier League opposition.