Can Tranmere finally end Peterborough FA Cup hoodoo?

Fans of Tranmere Rovers probably don’t need reminding of the last time their side faced Peterborough United in the FA Cup.

Having scraped past Accrington Stanley in the 1st round of the 2013/14 campaign Rovers travelled to London Road hoping to progress into the next round but instead found themselves on the wrong end of a mauling with goals from Britt Assombalonga (3) and Shaun Jeffers (2) giving Posh a 5-0 victory.

For the 6th time since 2004 the Super White Army will face United in the FA Cup, and they’ll be looking to break their hoodoo against the Cambridgeshire side having failed to record a victory over that period.

Not only have Rovers lost four of the last five against United, but those defeats have all been by the same 2-1 score line – save for the 5-0 thrashing.

The first came in the first round of the 2004/05 campaign at London Road, while the second came just two years later in the 2nd round of the 2006/07 season at Prenton Park.

Two seasons later Rovers improved slightly, taking Posh to a replay after a 0-0 draw in Peterborough, before losing 2-1 (again) at home to bow out at the 2nd round stage in 2008/09.

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Rovers will be hoping to be in a celebratory mood after the final whistle on Saturday

Tranmere have had a miserable time of it in this competition against Posh, but they’ll be hoping it’s sixth time lucky this weekend as they travel to the League One side having made the 1st round proper for the first time since 2014/15.

Boss Micky Mellon said of Saturday’s fixture: “Whatever time we go down to play Peterborough, we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“But it’s certainly a game we’re looking forward to and will give us a measurement of where we are as a team against a side with very good League One players.

“It’s a one-off game and a nice distraction for us to have at this stage of the season to be involved in so we’ll look forward to it.

“We’ll go down there and give it everything we’ve got.

“We’ve watched Peterborough and identified where we think their threats are.”

Whether Rovers can indeed deal with the threats that Posh have remains to be seen, but Mellon will certainly be hoping his side can finally break their 13-year hoodoo against the League One outfit.


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