Bristol Rovers v Peterborough United Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers host Peterborough United in the second week of the League One campaign hoping to get off the mark.

Rovers came out second best in their opening match, losing 1-0 at Charlton Athletic before beating Cambridge 4-1 in the EFL Cup in midweek. That win has earned Rovers an away tie in the second round at Fulham.

Rovers assistant boss Marcus Stewart has been discussing this weekend’s match against The Posh and admitted that the game, although a tough one, is just another match in a flurry of tough matches.

“They’re an attacking team. It’ll be a good game,” Stewart told the Bristol Post.

“You want to get that first win, it’ll be nice with that first point on the board.

“You can’t always guarantee a win, you play really well some games and lose, but that’s football for you.”

“It was a tough game against Charlton and on paper, it’s a tough game against Peterborough, and so is Bury because they’ve spent a lot of money, and so is Fleetwood because they were in play-offs last year.”

Rovers have two doubts ahead of the match, James Clarke, who picked up an injury on the opening day. Danny Leadbitter is also a doubt for the match after he picked up a knock in the early moments of the EFL Cup win and was eventually substituted in the second half.

Peterborough go into the game having won on the opening day 2-1 against newly promoted Plymouth but fell to a cup upset in midweek losing 3-1 at home to League Two Barnet.

The Posh have been using a 3-4-1-2 so far this season and after the defeat to Barnet, Posh fans were insisting on a change in formation but manager Grant McCann is keen to not panic despite a defeat to a lower league side.

“I have great faith in my players and I have great faith in the way I want to play,” McCann told Peterborough today.

“We did look more dangerous when we switched formations for the second half against Barnet, but I have the players who can make 3-4-1-2 work.

“We’ve only played two games and we played very well in the first of them.

“We made changes for the Barnet game, but it was a sluggish start by the players and not the system that caused us problems.”

Peterborough are expected to name an unchanged side from the team that beat Plymouth with Stephen Taylor, Anthony Grant and Leo Da Silva Lopes all expected to return.


Rovers forward Tom Nichols was signed this summer from Peterborough for an undisclosed fee.

Rovers and Peterborough last met in April 2017, with The Posh coming out 4-2 winners.

Peterborough have not lost to Rovers in their last six matches, winning five and drawing once.

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