POSH PREVIEW: No red faces for Peterborough United at Crewe this season

Posh central defender Jack Baldwin is dismissed by refereee Jeremy Simpson at Crewe last season. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh central defender Jack Baldwin is dismissed by refereee Jeremy Simpson at Crewe last season. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Graham Westley is confident his side will avoid a second successive embarrassing defeat at Crewe tomorrow (November 21, 3pm).

Posh travelled to Gresty Road last season in great form having won three of their four previous League One matches, but lost 1-0 on a night when both Michael Bostwick and Jack Baldwin were shown red cards.

But Westley believes there will be no repeat performance as long as his side perform somewhere near their best.

Crewe are the lowest scorers in League One this season with just 14 goals in 17 matches. They also fielded a starting line-up with an average age of just under 22 in their previous outing.

“There are certain rules in football which have to be obeyed,” Westley stated.

“For a start don’t be complacent and don’t take anything for granted.

“Let’s make no bones about it, if we play to our absolute best we will win this game.

“But Crewe look like they are a team who are capable of turning it on when they play the bigger teams in the division and I would class us as one of the bigger teams.

“We were the first to note that Crewe drew 0-0 at Burton. We were the first to note that Crewe beat Sheffield United 1-0 and we were the first to note that Gillingham needed a 92nd-minute winner to beat them.

“Fleetwood gave us a tough game last week and they only drew 0-0 with a Sheffield United team that was probably a lot weaker than the one Crewe faced.

“So like every game at this level it is a dangerous one for a team that doesn’t play at least close to their best.

“I obviously wasn’t around when the team played at Crewe last season, but that result shows what can happen if standards are allowed to dip.

“I am confident ours won’t.”

Posh will be without central defender Jack Baldwin who serves the second of a three-match suspension.

Central defender Gaby Zakuani faces a late fitness test after tweaking a hamstring in the pre-match warm-up to a World Cup qualifying game for DR Congo against Burundi last weekend.

Striker Souleymane Coulibaly should be available after playing for Ivory Coast Under 23s against Qatar in Doha on Tuesday (November 17).