Peterborough United manager Steve Evans has praised his side’s FA Cup win over Bromley on Saturday afternoon, as striker Matty Godden picked up a brace and Joe Ward sealed The Posh’s place in the FA Cup Second Round draw.
Bromley took the lead after 40 minutes through former Cardiff, Birmingham and Wolves defender Roger Johnson, who nodded in from Frankie Sutherland’s free kick.
However, it quickly turned sour for National League side. Frankie Raymond was sent off for an elbow on Posh playmaker George Cooper seven minutes after the South London side took the lead.
It went from bad to worse just a minute later when Posh’s top scorer Matty Godden fired in a superb volley to level the scores. 10 minutes after the break, Godden was at it again. He steered home from Jason Naismith’s brilliant cross to put the Posh ahead and well on their way to the Second Round.
With five minutes to go, winger Joe Ward fired beyond David Gregory to seal the victory and make the scores 3-1.
Steve Evans spoke to the Peterborough Telegraph after the game, and started by discussing the red card to Bromley midfielder Frankie Raymond.
“It was silly from the lad to pick up a red card,” Evans stated.
“The referee had no choice but to send him off after he elbowed George in the jaw.
“But to say it changed the result is wrong. We were the dominant side for most of the game and I’m sure we would have fought back to win against 11 men after they scored a goal against the run of play with a big helping hand from my goalkeeper.
“After conceding we went straight back on the attack. There was no panic. We won a free kick, their player has been sent off and we score thanks to a fine finish from Matty Godden. His second finish was even better and Joe Ward deserved his goal again.
“And it was comfortable for us in the second-half. That’s about as comfortable as I’ve ever been in an FA Cup tie away from home although it would have been better if we had scored the third goal earlier.
“We made the pitch big and we created overloads and they struggled to cope with us. Some of the passing and moving we delivered was special to watch. The final ball wasn’t always good enough, but it was a pleasing, and very professional, performance from us against a decent side.
“There were still moments when we were too casual and better sides than Bromley would punish us, but I can’t be too critical as we won comfortably.
“The changes worked out okay for us. George Cooper earned his start on the back of excellence in reserve games and in training. I will make more changes for Tuesday’s game as well.”