Salford City and Peterborough United will square off again in the FA Cup first round on Wednesday at Moor Lane.
After a dreary draw in their first encounter, the two teams are now vying for the chance to face Shrewsbury Town in the competition’s second round.
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Salford City’s previous games have included a pattern of wastefulness, and in their FA Cup match against Peterborough, the League Two squad failed to make the net move. Fortunately for them, though, their more advanced rivals lacked the magic touch as well.
The home team’s shooting drills in the gym are still not paying off, as they once again failed to score in a tie with AFC Wimbledon over the weekend. Neil Wood’s team has been given another chance in the FA Cup.
Salford’s goalless record in all competitions now stands at four games after their inability to score on Saturday. They have lost two to Leyton Orient and two to Rochdale during that period, but they are still in the top half of League Two with a ninth-place finish.
However, Salford, which reached the second round in each of the previous two seasons despite having the fewest league strikes of any team in the top half with a total of 19, is currently seeking to escape a first-round FA Cup elimination for the first time since 2019–20.
Team Wood’s welcomes Peterborough to Moor Lane with just one goal scored in their previous six home games in all competitions, including their lone triumph over Accrington Stanley on penalties in the EFL Trophy. In just 90 minutes over the weekend, the visitors more than quadrupled their pathetic opponents’ score.
Jonson Clarke-Harris and Ephron Mason-Clark helped the League One team score twice against Exeter City, but the Posh were lost in a sad 3-2 loss when former player Jevani Brown scored in the 91st minute.
That loss put an end to Peterborough’s third-tier three-game winning streak, but Grant McCann’s club has overall had a great fall. As they pursue an instant return to the Championship, they are currently enjoying their comfortable fourth-place position on the rankings.
In their most recent FA Cup match, Peterborough had 14 shots compared to Salford’s eight, but they were unable to break through at home, and McCann’s squad is now in risk of being ousted in the first round for the first time in 17 years.
Since the 2005–2006 season, when they lost 1-0 to Burton Albion in a replay following a coincidental scoreless draw in the first game, the Posh haven’t been ousted this early. They made it as far as the fifth round in the previous season before falling to Manchester City 2-0.
Although Exeter was able to take advantage of defensive weaknesses at Peterborough, it is difficult to envision Salford being as ecstatic about scoring goals considering their recent streak of losses.
We commend Wood’s side for leaving Posh’s field with a draw, but we believe McCann’s team will take up the pace and advance to the next round right away.