Peterborough United manager Graham Westley is expecting a close battle between youth and experience tomorrow (November 28) when his side visit Scunthorpe for a League One fixture.
It will be Westley’s free-scoring young guns against Scunthorpe’s old hands and the Posh side accepts the need for his side to improve on a poor display when beating Barnsley 3-2 at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday (November 24).
Posh could give a debut to 18 year-old loan signing Martin Samuelsen as in-form midfielder Jermaine Anderson is suspended.
“Scunthorpe’s win away to a very good Bury side on Tuesday shows the form they are in,” Westley admitted. “They have strong experienced players who will test the ability and the mental strength of my young players.
“But as always if we play to our best we will have a very good chance of winning. We will have to play better than we did against Barnsley though. We had good possession stats, but our passing wasn’t as sharp as it normally is and our movement wasn’t as eneregtic as it normally is.
“We definitely have more in us than we showed in that game and hopefully we show it at Scunthorpe.
“I will have to make one change to the starting line-up with Jermaine absent. And it might mean I have to make another change to make sure we get the right partnerships on the pitch.
“Martin Samuelsen is a very good young player. He trained with us for the first time yesterday. He’s a quiet unassuming lad, but also a confident one,. He is keen to make his Football League debut.”
Scunthorpe are likely to be without experiencved centre-back David Mirfin because of injury. Former Posh skipper Tommy Rowe, who is on loan at Glanford Park from Wolves, is expected to play.