FA Cup: Shearer starts for Magpies

A break in rain rescued this match from postponement, but the pitch, which Peterborough boss Barry Fry boasts is ‘the worst in the league,’ looked terrible, a fact likely to trouble Newcastle more than the Second Division side.

A break in rain rescued this match from postponement, but the pitch, which Peterborough boss Barry Fry boasts is ‘the worst in the league,’ looked terrible, a fact likely to trouble Newcastle more than the Second Division side.

Magpies manager Bobby Robson selected as strong a line-up as possible for the FA Cup fourth-round clash, with Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy as usual leading the attack but Kieron Dyer ruled out with a foot injury.

Posh pinned their hopes on leading scorer Leon McKenzie up front alongside Neale Fenn.

The London Road stadium was packed out and tickets had been such a rare commodity that Peterborough’s reserve players were not given a ticket for the game, while youth team players could only get in if they agreed to be ball-boys.

Peterborough: Tyler, Joseph, Rea, Edwards, Williams, Forsyth, Bullard, Farrell, Andy Clarke, Fenn, McKenzie.

Subs: Hooper, Oldfield, Connor, Forinton, Cullen.

Newcastle: Given, Hughes, Distin, O’Brien, Elliott, Bernard, Solano, Acuna, McClen, Shearer, Bellamy.

Subs: Griffin, Harper, Quinn, Ameobi, Kerr.

Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe)

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