POSH PREVIEW: Peterborough United could ring the changes at Scunthorpe

Posh star Marcus Maddison (front) celebrates the goal he scored against Barnsley. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh star Marcus Maddison (front) celebrates the goal he scored against Barnsley. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Graham Westley won’t be afraid to break up a winning side for Saturday’s (November 28) League One trip to Scunthorpe

Posh have won their last four competitive matches, but Westley believes some of the squad were running on empty during the 3-2 League One win over Barnsley on Tuesday (November 24).

In-form midfielder Jermaine Anderson is suspended for the Scunthorpe trip anyway, but Westley will check on a few more energy levels today (November 26)) before finalising his squad.

Midfielders Erhun Oztumer and Chris Forrester may be under threat from the likes of Marcus Maddison, new signing Martin Samuelsen and Harry Beautyman. Samuelsen is an 18 year-old midfielder who has joined Posh on loan from Premier League side West Ham, initially until January 2.

Westley said: “Make no mistake that was our worst performance for a long time against Barnsley and a few of the lads looked like they had run their race for the moment. We didn’t play anywhere near to our best and I asked for a reaction in the second-half, but didn’t get one.

“It’s the way it has been for us in Tuesday night games recently. On Saturdays we play well and get the crowd behind us, but it’s been flat for us during night games.

“I have to make one change for sure at Scunthorpe and I may look to make two or three others.

“I have good options like Marcus and Martin. Judging by his performance as a substitute against Barnsley, Marcus looked like a player who wanted his starting place back.

“We will need to be good at Scunthorpe. They will be like most League One teams in that they will battle and they will possess a scoring threat, although I don’t think any other League One team carries the attacking threat that we do.

“Martin Samuelsen was the stand out player when I watched West Ham reserves recently. I thank West Ham for letting him come here and I can see him playing in all sorts of positions for us. He could play the number 10 role, he could play to the left of the midfield diamond and he could play on the left of a three-man attack.

“Martin likes to come in from the left side to attack and he’s a very exciting prospect.”

Central defenders Jack Baldwin and Ricardo Santos are available after suspension at Scunthorpe, but fellow centre-back Gaby Zakuani is likely to be absent because of injury til the new year.