POSH INTERVIEW: Forget the FA Cup, time to concentrate on the league

Harry Beautyman of Posh challenges West Brom's James McClean for possession during the FA Cup fourth round tie at the Hawthorns. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Harry Beautyman of Posh challenges West Brom's James McClean for possession during the FA Cup fourth round tie at the Hawthorns. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

MIdfielder Harry Beautyman insists Peterborough United’s promotion push will not be de-railed by their excellent run in the FA Cup.

Posh have slipped to 10th in League One following back-to-back defeats against high fliers Gillingham and Burton Albion.

Posh have also lost ground while fulfilling FA Cup commitments. They drew 2-2 in a fourth round tie at Premier League West Brom last Saturday (January 30) and face a replay at the ABAX Stadium next Wednesday (February 10) which will be shown live on BBC One.

But Beautyman insists that won’t be a distraction. He said: “We had a great result in the FA Cup, but we need to kick on in the league now, starting at Chesterfield on Saturday (February 6)

“Those two league defeats haven’t damaged our confidence or self-belief.

“We know we are good enough to get back into the thick of the promotion race, but we also know we need to win a lot of games between now and the end of the season. We have no option.

“The performance at West Brom will help us for sure though, We played very well, but our focus is on winning at Chesterfield now.”

Beautyman played in last night’s (February 2) 5-1 reserve team win at St Neots, as did deadline day signing Tom Nichols.

Nichols is expected to be on the substitutes’ bench at Chesterfield.

On-loan left back Harry Toffolo is back in training after missing the game at the Hawthorns with a whiplash injury and should return to the starting line-up at Chesterfield.