West Brom Pips Peterborough

West Bromwich Albion needed a penalty shootout to defeat Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium on Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round.  As the match kicked off, both teams were off to an excitable start, with Peterborough quickly showing dominance.  The home side unleashed a barrage of attacks on their rivals, but the defence was strong, with Ben Foster stopping every attempt.

The visiting side struggled to see much of the ball in the opening stages of the match, but did well to assert some pressure on their hosts.  In the latter stages, play became sloppy, late tackles were a common sight along with poor passing, and a sense of physicality was present that saw more players on the floor than on their legs.  Graham Westley’s lads were on top in the second stanza with Jon Taylor opening the scoring in the 55th minute, when Lee Angol slid a pass to Taylor, who blasted his shot beyond the reach of Foster into the bottom right corner of the net.

Tony Pulis’ players were looking more like a League One side, than a Premier League club but were galvanised when Darren Fletcher put them back into contention with his equaliser.  Fletcher’s came from a half-cleared cross which landed at the Scot’s feet only to be irresistibly unleashed into the top left corner.  The 90 minute marked arrived with the score still at  1-1, leading to extra time which began enthusiastically from both sides, creating nail biting chances at goal.

But the extra 30 produced more nerves than goals as untidy and rash decisions were displayed.  Spot kicks were decided to determine the final outcome and it was the Baggies who held their never to progress 4-3 and progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.