Another old boy lies in wait
After suffering at the hands of Shaquile Coulthirst on Tuesday night, Posh will be wary of another of their recent strikers inflicting some pain.
Tom Nichols was sold to Bristol Rovers in July after a summerlong pursuit by the fellow League One side.
Nichols top scored with 13 goals for Posh last season without ever endearing himself to the club’s fans.
The 23 year-old didn’t start Rovers’ opening day defeat at Charlton, but was on as a substitute after 15 minutes because of an injury.
He played the entire 4-1 win over Cambridge United in the Carabao Cup first round on Tuesday, but didn’t manage to score his first goal for the club. Rovers delivered a lacklustre display on the opening day of the League One season as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Charlton against a team who were reduced to 10 men in the early stages. But they produced a terrific attacking display to beat a weakened Cambridge United side 4-1 in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. Rovers had a chance of reaching the League One play-offs last season until losing 4-2 at Posh on the penultimate weekend of the season. Darrell Clarke has an outstanding record as manager of Bristol Rovers. Rovers have won 78 of 166 competitive matches under Clarke who was appointed in March, 2014.
They’ve lost just 49.
Rovers were relegated out of the Football League five weeks after Clarke’s appointment, but he then steered the club to back-to-back promotions and a creditable 10th place finish in League One last term. They finished a place, but four points clear of Posh. Clarke is held in high regard by the powers-that-be at Rovers hence the award of a five-year contract in July. “I’m here for the long haul,” Clarke said. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Jonathan Bond celebrates his man-of-the-match display for Posh against Plymouth.