MATCH PREVIEW: Can Peterborough United tame '˜hulk' Hanson this season?
Peterborough United manager Grant McCann insists last season's drubbing at the hands of Bradford City will have no bearing on tomorrow's (August 13) League One clash between the teams at the ABAX Stadium.
The Bantams bashed Posh 4-0 in this fixture in February, a result that started their march to the League One play-offs, and the home side’s slump into the bottom half of the table.
City’s hulking centre-forward James Hanson, who scored twice, terrorised the Posh back four that day.
But McCann won’t be seeking revenge for that result and he won’t even mention it to his players before the game.
“Last season’s result means nothing tomorrow,” McCann stated. “Bradford have a different manager and different players and so do we.
“We didn’t play well that day. Bradford were excellent, but it won’t get a mention in my team-talk.
“I won’t use it as motivation as it just isn’t relevant.
“Our motivation will be putting on a good performance for our fans and to win for them.
“Bradford may tweak their style a bit under Stuart McCall. He’s a very good, very experienced manager, but they will also still have the threat of big James Hanson up front if they decide to play it long. He’s excellent in the air as he showed last season.
“We knew Wimbledon would play plenty of balls into the penalty area and yet we didn’t handle them very well so we must be better in that respect tomorrow.
“It’s another tough game no matter how Bradford decide to play. Every game is tough for different reasons in League One.
“But I expect us to win. We are at home and I’m confident our fans will out-sing theirs which will help us no end. The fans drove us on to victory at Rochdale last weekend and I hope they do the same again.”
McCann might be tempted to play his biggest centre-back, 6ft 5in Ryan Tafazolli - he’s recovered from a slight hamstring problem - to counter Hanson’s threat.
Posh skipper Chris Forrester faces a late fitness test on a groin problem.
“It will be good to have Ryan back,” McCann added. “He was brilliant in pre-season and will turn out to be a great signing for us, but Michael Bostwick and Jack Baldwin have been great in his absence and I am a firm believer on players who play well keeping their shirts.”
Posh also host Millwall in League One next Tuesday (August 16).