POSH INTERVIEW: Peterborough United are a team of fitness fanatics

Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick believes Posh are the fittest team in League One.
Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick believes Posh are the fittest team in League One.
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Peterborough United are on a mission to become the fittest side in League One.

And goalkeeper Ben Alnwick reckons new manager Graham Westley’s bid to get his players ‘super-fit’ has been a key factor in the team’s outstanding November form/

The 4-0 success at Scunthorpe last Saturday (November 28) was a fifth win in a row in November and pushed Posh into the League One play-off places for the first time this season.

Posh open their December programme with an FA Cup second tie at home to mid-table League Two side Luton on Sunday (December 6, 2pm kick off).

Alnwick said: “Since the new manager arrived we have become much fitter and it’s definitely helped us get some good results. He’s made us super-fit and I think he wants us to be the fittest team in League One.

“We might already be the fittest. At Scunthorpe we looked as fit and fresh in the last minute as we had in the first minute.

“It definitely helps that we have started to own the football in matches, It’s far easier to keep the ball and pass it than it is to chase it.

“Our style of play definitely gives us an edge over teams. The good football and the excellent fitness makes us believe we will win every game at the moment.

“The training is fast and furious at the moment. Everyone wants a place in the starting line-up. The players currently in the team don’t want to give the shirt up, but the squad is so strong they will have to keep playing well,

“We’ve started to come together as a defensive unit in recent games which is encouraging. We wanted the clean sheet at Scunthorpe badly and we deserved it.

“It’s not just the back four that has to defend, it’s the whole team. It’s the same when we are attacking as a lot of goal assists have come from defenders. I’ve had two myself!

“When our attacking play clicks on the same day as our defensive play it makes for an exciting Saturday afternoon.

“It’s true that we’ve had to cling on in a couple of recent home games which we don’t enjoy, but there is more than one way to win a match.

“We are now going to chase a good FA Cup run, I had a good run with Charlton one season and nothing beats it.

“The first aim is to reach the third round and try and land one of the big clubs away from home, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves.

“Luton will be a good side and we’re expecting a tough game.”