Opting for 4-4-2, Rovers were at Fleetwood from the first minute and despite several changes, gave the appearance of a settled team.
Rovers produce a performance so abject that they managed to make an average League One side look like Champions League material.
The first half’s only notable moment? The fantastic 26th minute show of appreciation for James Coppinger’s 500th League appearance for Rovers.
James Coppinger fired the visitors into the lead within five minutes after goalkeeper Stephen Henderson was unable to keep out his drilled effort.
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Losing two first-team centre-backs to injury would be a problem for any team. Losing another within the first twenty minutes of your next match spells disaster
Rovers pressure eventually came to fruition when Tyler Garratt’s cross was guided home by the beautiful head of Alfie Beestin
Rovers, who had looked dead and buried at 2-0 down were now level and they could have snatched all the points right at the death.
Despite the incredulity at the penalty decision, that Rovers ended this game with one point not three was very much at their own door.
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For once, Rovers were the team desperately throwing everyone forward to try to grab an equaliser at the death.
A majestic Christmas with three successive wins – a rare luxury – had lavished much hope on the Rovers faithful. Peterborough, however, were always going to be a sterner test.