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What does Posh's win against Portsmouth mean for upcoming fixtures?

Posh took a decisive win in the Papa John's Trophy on January 12, beating Portsmouth 5-1, but what does the progression to the quarter finals mean for future fixtures?
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A 5-1 win in the Papa John's Trophy sees Posh through to the quarter-finals - but how do potential extra games fit into the season?

After the club was forced to reschedule most of its festive fixtures due to a positive Covid-19 test within the squad, Peterborough United have a busy season ahead of them - and another cup tie makes a congested schedule even fuller.

The quarter-finals of the Papa John's Trophy are set to be played across the two days of Tuesday February 2 and Wednesday February 3.

This game wouldn't pose any scheduling problems for Peterborough - Posh are due to play Shrewsbury away on Saturday January 30, and have a home match against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, February 6.

Should they make it to the semi-finals, however, there's a direct clash: Peterborough are meant to be playing Gillingham on Tuesday, February 16, which is the first of the semi-final clashes. The second is scheduled for February 17.

And, should Posh make the final - although it might be getting ahead of ourselves to look that far ahead - they should be playing at Wembley on Sunday March 14, the day after a scheduled league clash with the team they just knocked out of the cup.

However, last season's final - in which holders Portsmouth and Salford City were set to feature - has yet to take place after it was postponed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. As an unusual aside this means that Portsmouth have been eliminated for this year's competition, but are still in last year's.

Posh's 5-1 win last night, January 12, left manager Darren Ferguson "delighted with the players' performance, the players' attitude".

Peterborough opened the scoring on 16 minutes thanks to midfielder Jack Taylor, and doubled the lead by the half-hour mark with a perfect free-kick from Jonson Clarke-Harris. On the stroke of halftime, defender Frankie Kent made it 3-0.

The break did nothing to stop Posh's momentum; Siriki Dembele scored seven minutes after taking to the pitch again, and it became 5-0 with four minutes to go after another direct free-kick goal from Ethan Hamilton.

Portsmouth nabbed a consolation goal seconds before the end of the game, but it was Posh's night at the Weston Homes Stadium.