Peter­bor­ough earned a fine FA Cup draw at West Brom

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Sean Tay­lor

GRA­HAM WEST­LEY is no stranger to cup up­sets, and the Peter­bor­ough boss hopes his lat­est will stand his young team in good stead for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

The scene was set for a sur­prise, con­sid­er­ing just one team in the coun­try have scored more goals than Peter­bor­ough this sea­son and West Brom had been strug­gling to find the back of the net.

But it looked like Saido Ber­ahino’s early strike would be all that sep­a­rated the sides un­til three goals in eight fran­tic min­utes earned the League One pro­mo­tion hope­fuls an­other chance at the ABAX Sta­dium next month.

Shaquile Coulthirst equalised af­ter 79 min­utes but Ber­ahino quickly re­stored West Brom’s lead be­fore sub­sti­tute Jon Tay­lor lev­elled things up again with four min­utes re­main­ing.

West­ley, who up­set Dar­ling­ton with Farn­bor­ough in 2003 and five years ago mas­ter­minded Steve­nage’s shock win over New­cas­tle, thinks the 2-2 draw will give his play­ers con­fi­dence.

“It’s right up there with the Dar­ling­ton and New­cas­tle games right now,” said West­ley. “The most pleas­ing thing is that a lot of young play­ers have re­ally grown up this af­ter­noon and got some self be­lief.

“They have gone toe-to-toe with some se­ri­ous play­ers and worked re­ally hard and it gives you the self-be­lief you can take with you for the rest of the sea­son – the rest of your ca­reer. Some of our lads will have seen just how good they can be as play­ers and that’s re­ally im­por­tant for a team.”

Peter­bor­ough looked over­awed early on and were be­com­ing their own worst en­emy, with de­fen­sive mis­takes lead­ing to chances for West Brom, in­clud­ing Ber­ahino’s open­ing goal, al­though the fin­ish from 25 yards out was Premier League qual­ity.

Posh cut out the silly mis­takes in the se­cond half and got a foothold in the tie. With 11 min­utes re­main­ing, af­ter fail­ing to cap­i­talise on Peter­bor­ough’s de­fen­sive er­rors in the first half, West Brom were pun­ished for one of their own.

A long ball for­ward caused hes­i­tancy be­tween Se­bastien Pocog­noli and Boaz My­hill and Coulthirst took ad­van­tage to score.

Par­ity lasted just five min­utes though as Ber­ahino fin­ished clin­i­cally in­side the area, but Tay­lor found the bot­tom cor­ner of the net with a shot from the edge of the area in the 86th minute.

West­ley said: “I would be a liar if I said I thought it wasn’t a dif­fi­cult mo­ment when he scored the se­cond goal, but as I saw our play­ers walk back to the half­way line – and we’ve talked a lot this week about de­sire and de­ter­mi­na­tion and what it takes to be truly suc­cess­ful – I saw real ap­petite in their eyes.

“They still meant busi­ness. Our work there­after was good and it was a de­served equaliser.”

For the se­cond round run­ning West Brom drew 2-2 at home with a lower league team.

They over­came Bris­tol City in a third-round re­play and man­ager Tony Pulis said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing but that’s cup foot­ball.

“We led twice and the longer the game goes on it only takes one mis­take to bring them back into it.

“Ob­vi­ously then Bo and Poco have left it for one an­other from a long ball and their man has stepped in.

“Peter­bor­ough were bril­liant and worked hard and kept go­ing, but I didn’t re­ally have my heart in my mouth at all. We’ve been un­done by two long, di­ag­o­nal balls.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

TAY­LOR MADE: Peter­bor­ough’s Jon Tay­lor lashes the ball home from the edge of the area to earn the League One side a re­play

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