Peterborough United boss hints at changing his record-breaking line-up

Peterborough United manager Steve Evans has hinted that he may make changes to his record-breaking side for tomorrow's (September 1) home game against Doncaster Rovers.

Friday, 31st August 2018, 11:21 am
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:17 pm
Matt Godden of Peterborough United celebrates scoring the opening goal at Plymouth with team-mates. Picture: Joe Dent

He named an unchanged starting line-up for the fifth League One match in a row at Plymouth last weekend and the 5-1 victory gave Posh their best ever start to a Football League season of five wins from five matches.

Yet despite the scoreline, Evans has revealed he wasn’t entirely happy with the performance.

He said: “There were certain aspects of our game that I wasn’t happy with at Plymouth, but you can’t come out in the media straight afterwards and start talking about negatives after a 5-1 win.

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“Maybe now is the time to freshen things up a bit and make one or two changes to the team. We’ve got one or two players who are working so hard in training to get into the team.

“We have a very young squad - the youngest Posh squad for many years - and there’s a real hunger and desire to get in the team.”

Evans has no injury worries to contend with ahead of the game and for that he praised head of medical Daniel Simm and head of strength and conditioning Lee Taylor alongside assistant manager Paul Raynor for the work they do with the squad at the training ground.

“Everyone is fit enough to play on Saturday and that’s a sign we are doing everything right on the training ground,” added Evans.

Evans went to watch Grant McCann’s Doncaster play in a Carabao Cup match on Tuesday night but learned little.

“Grant left all of his good players out, and that tells you that Saturday’s game here is very important to him.

“It will be a totally different Doncaster team on Saturday. They outplayed Portsmouth last week and if we finish above Portsmouth we’ll be playing Championship football next season. So it will be a really tough afternoon for us.

“Whenever a manager goes back to his old club - no matter what the circumstances surrounding the departure - they want to put up a good performance.

“Grant was a fantastic player for Peterborough United and I’ve been singing his name in the London Road End before. I’ll never forget his perforamce at Old Trafford in the play-offs and that free-kick. I was singing his name all the way back to Peterborough.

“I hope he gets a warm reception from the Posh fans - I’m sure he will. But once that first whistle blows it’s a football match between two teams who want to win three points.”

Jermaine Anderson is unable to feature as per the terms of his loan arrangement.