Posh v Doncaster Rovers

A look ahead to Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup second round tie with Doncaster Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Peterborough United welcome Sky Bet League Two side Doncaster Rovers to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup with both sides looking to get into the third round where the Premier League and Championship sides enter the competition.

Darren Ferguson’s men reached this stage of the competition following a penalty shoot out success over Salford City in a replay at the Peninsula Stadium, while Grant McCann’s Doncaster side overcame Accrington Stanley after extra-time, also after a replay.


Posh are without the services of goalkeeper Will Blackmore due to injury, while Jeando Fuchs is set to play an hour for the under 21s at Coventry City on Friday. Ferguson confirmed in the pre-match press conference that Romoney Crichlow is available again after illness, but there are a number of players carrying knocks following the battling 2-2 draw at Stevenage in midweek.

Doncaster were 3-1 winners in their last outing on Tuesday evening with Joe Ironside among the scorers and they are expected to name a similar squad to which was on duty then. Richard Wood and George Broadbent have only made a handful of appearances between them this season.


On-loan West Bromwich Albion front man Mo Faal (pictured below) was also on target during the week and the powerful striker will certainly be an aerial threat. Mo spent his third loan spell away from The Hawthorns at AFC Fylde during the 2022/23 season. Mo experienced his first loan in senior football at fellow non-league side Hereford during the previous season, making five appearances in all competitions for the Bulls, scoring two goals. Albion took Faal out of local football to become a first-year scholar at the age of 16.

Mo Faal


“In the FA Cup, what you look for is a home tie and we have that, but it will be a tough game because Doncaster are a good side and have picked up some decent results of late. The players are in a good place and we are looking forward to the tie. The carrot is there for both sides to try and get into the third round where the big boys come in and we know that it is important from a financial point of view as well as the opportunity for players to test themselves against the top sides in the country,” Darren Ferguson said.


Doncaster have sold nearly 1,000 tickets for the tie and will be accommodated in the away section of the North Stand with the Deskgo Stand closed for this fixture. Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office.


Due to the competition rules, we are unable to sell match passes for the game either domestically or overseas but existing subscribers are able to listen to the game as part of their package with Chris Dowsett and Nilesh Patel on commentary duty.


Back in May 2021, goals from Mo Eisa, Idris Kanu, Niall Mason and Ricky-Jade Jones earned a 4-1 win at Doncaster Rovers as Posh celebrated promotion to the Championship.

Doncaster Rovers v Posh


Both managers have managed the opposition with Grant McCann in his second spell in charge at the Eco-Power Stadium. Tommy Rowe (pictured below lifting the JPT) remains an important member of the Doncaster squad, as in winger Jon Taylor, while there have been countless other players down the years who have featured for both clubs including Jonson Clarke-Harris who had a short stint with Rovers.

Among the others to have featured for both include Sagi Burton, Niall Mason, Simon Gillett, Adam Clayton, John Cullen, Ernie Moss, Tim Ryan, Kieran Sadlier and Ronnie Robinson.

Tommy Rowe lifts the JPT


Benjaman Speedie is the match referee.