POSH PREVIEW: Westley planning an expansive game to beat his old club

Posh manager Graham Westley after the FA Cup win over Luton. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh manager Graham Westley after the FA Cup win over Luton. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Graham Westley believes his free-scoring exciting team will be even better in 2016.

And he’s urged them to prove it in their third round FA Cup tie against his old club Preston at the ABAX Stadium tomorrow (January 9).

Posh won a thrilling game 3-2 at Sheffield United to make it 52 goals in 25 League One games last Saturday (January 2).

Now they test their attacking prowess on the mean defence of Championship opponents. Preston have let in just 22 goals in 25 league matches this season.

Westley said: “We were awesome in our last FA Cup tie against Luton and we were very good in the previous round at Burton.

“Our attacking game is in very good order, but we plan to be even more expansive against Preston.

“It doesn’t matter to us who we are playing or what division they are in. We will play in the same attacking style because we want to put on a show for our fans as much as we want to win the game.

“Before each round I say FA Cup ties favour the brave and there are not many teams who are as brave as we are.

“We have a very tough match ahead of us, but we don’t want our FA Cup journey to end on Saturday.”

Westley insists there is no extra personal motivation because he is facing a former employer. He said: “I enjoyed the experience of managing a big club with a rich tradition,”

Posh have not reached the fourth round of the FA Cup since 2008, but they have received a boost ahead of this tie by the availability of loan players Martin Samuelsen and Lawrie Wilson. Wilson is expected to start at left-back.