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Dover Athletic striker Inih Effiong recalls day he stunned Peterborough United in the FA Cup while playing for Woking

Inih Effiong knows what it's like to score an FA Cup goal at Peterborough.

All the Dover striker hopes is that if he finds the net again at London Road on Sunday the outcome will be an happier one than it was on his previous appearance.

Effiong was a Woking player in December 2017 when he fired them ahead in a second round replay at Peterborough and the result was in the balance before Posh scored three unanswered goals to go through 5-2.

Dover forward Inih Effiong Picture: Alan Langley
Dover forward Inih Effiong Picture: Alan Langley

The first meeting had ended 1-1 with Woking's equaliser coming from Joe Ward who impressed Peterborough so much over the two ties that the League 1 club signed him the following month.

Effiong counts his curling left-foot effort in the replay as one of his fondest cup memories, but the 28-year-old says a goal on Sunday would mean that much more if it helped Whites achieve a positive result.

The striker, who has never played in the third round, said: "We (Woking) drew 1-1 with them at home, and we missed a penalty so we maybe should have potentially won the game.

"Then away we scored first and we were buzzing but they turned it on and we ended up losing 5-2.

"It was a very good game and they did not take us for granted the second time, the first time they did and they almost got punished for it, but the second time they were more on it and that's what can happen.

"Joe Ward's done well since he went there, he scored a banger the other day (a 30-yard winner against Burton), I'm happy for him, hopefully I'll see him and say hello.

"He got his move off that and it just shows any young lads playing if you do well against a big team you can go on to have success higher as well."

Effiong admits Peterborough away is probably the toughest draw Dover could have had, but he says Whites – who have won seven of their 10 away league games – won't be overawed.

He added: "It's going to be a very hard challenge, they're the top goalscorers in the league and they've conceded the least goals.

"We just have to be resilient, and make sure we defend from the front, myself, Riggy (Steven Rigg), whoever else plays up front and just try to keep the score down.

"We're the most in form away team in the country at the moment so when we stay in the game we normally go on and win.

"Obviously it's going to be a bit different against Peterborough, but if we make sure we work hard for each other I'm sure we can get a result.

"I think we've got a chance if we do the right things. If they are not on it, we're not going to sit off them."

Effiong is Dover's leading scorer this season with 10– already surpassing his total for last season and he admits he has been pleased with his return.

He said: "It's gone very well, obviously I could have had more goals than I've got but it's all about progress and consistency and I have been quite consistent this season with my goal tally.

"I think I'm at one in two at the moment so I've just got to keep plugging away.

"I've got a target I want to hit and I've hit my target leading up to Christmas so I've just got to keep going and push up the scoring charts."

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