Peterborough United have been over the past few years the place to go if you wanted to see lots of goals, entertaining games, in a lower league atmosphere. After dropping in and out of the Championship, the club now finds themselves stuck in League One, struggling to find the flair they once had. Enter new manager, Graham Westley.
Ever since taking over at ‘The Posh’, Peterborough have seen 72 goals over all 20 games Westley has taken charge of, at an average of 3.6 goals a game. Notable performance include a 5-3 win at home to Millwall and a 5-1 thrashing away at Crewe Alexandria. Westley (and temporary manager, now assistant Grant McCann) has had a dramatic effect on the club, taking them from 20th (after 6 games) to 6th, getting 36 points out of a possible 57 and also getting Peterborough to the 4th Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2008.
One player that stands out from the team is Conor Washington who has scored 13 goals in his past 14 games, including a hat-trick away at Scunthorpe in late November. This has led to the English-born striker to be linked to several moves away from the club, namely Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Reading. Chairman on Peterborough, Darragh MacAnthony claimed on Twitter that, “Monday Night (4th January) turned down a multi multi million pound bid for Washington from a recently relegated Premier league club”, “On Tuesday (5th January) afternoon I turned down another multi million pound bid for Conor W from another ex prem club” and “And Yesterday morning (7th January) I again turned another bid down for Conor from a large championship club. Fact. 3 bids/3 rejections on terms offered.” It seems likely that Washington will be departing London Road by the end of this transfer window.
Following the draw on Monday night, Peterborough have been drawn away to either West Brom or Bristol City (depending on the result of the replay). The last time the teams face each other in the 4th Round was only in 2008, where West Brom ran out 3-0 winners at London Road. However, fans of Peterborough will be hoping for a much better performance against Tony Pulis’ men. After beating Preston NE in the 3rd Round with a comfortable 2-0 win, against opposition in a higher league, no-one can rule a giant killing at the Hawthorns. Or Bristol City could cause an upset.
Not matter the result of the West Brom/Bristol City match, Peterborough must be worth a punt of getting through to the 5th round and, with their current form in the league, the club look to get promoted to the Championship and turning London Road into the fortress it once was.