Peterborough United manager Graham Westley insists his team will be brave and positive when travelling to League One rivals Burton Albion in the first round of the FA Cup on November 7.
The tie was the first to be drawn live on the BBC last night (October 26). Burton are currently third in League One, six places and eight points ahead of Posh.
Burton beat Posh 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium earlier this season in a controversial game. Posh had Gaby Zakuani sent off in that match, but rallied from 2-0 down and were denied a last-gasp equaliser from Jermiane Anderson by a terrible refereeing decision from Graham Salisbury, one that led to a written apology from the matchday assessor.
That was before Westley’s time at Posh. Westley, whose Stevenage side once dumped Premier League Newcastle United out of the FA Cup, said: “I approach all FA Cup ties the same. It doesn’t matter who my team is playing against. FA Cup ties are won by the brave and we will definitely go there in a very positive frame of mind.
“Burton have had a good start to the season, but we are playing well as well now so it should be a good game.”
Posh have only previously been drawn against Burton once before in the FA Cup. Burton, who were then a non-league side managed by Nigel Clough, won that tie in 2005 1-0 in a replay after a 0-0 draw at London Road against Mark Wright’s Posh. That remains the last time Posh were beaten in the first round.
Last season Posh beat League Two side Carlise in the first round before losing to League One rivals Colchester in the second round.
Full first round draw to follow: (Ties scheduled for November 6-9).
Burton Albion v Peterborough United, Port Vale v Maidenhead United, Barnet v Blackpool, Bristol Rovers v Chesham, Cambridge United v Basingstoke Town, Mansfield Town v Oldham Athletic, Altrincham v Barnsley, Crewe v Eastleigh, Northwich/Chorley v Boreham Wood, Coventry City v Northampton Town, Brackley Town v Newport County, Grimsby Town v St Albans City, Hartlepool v Havant/Cheltenham, Salford City v Notts County, Dover v Stourbridge, Stevenage v Gillingham,
Millwall v AFC Fylde, Aldershot v Bradford City, Walsall v Fleetwood, Bury v Wigan, Portsmouth v Macclesfield Town, Sheffield United v Worcester City, Barwell/Rushden v Grays/Welling, Halifax Town/Guiseley v Wycombe, Crawley v Luton, Doncaster v Stalybridge/North Ferriby, Didcot Town v Exeter City, Dagenham v Morecambe, Leyton Orient v Staines, Gainsborough v Shrewsbury, Maidstone v Yeovil, Braintree v Oxford United, Whitehawk v Tranmere/Lincoln, Accrington v York, Scunthorpe v Southend, AFC Wimbledon v Forest Green, Plymouth v Carlisle, FC United of Manchester v Chesterfield, Rochdale v Swindon, Wealdstone v Colchester.
Posh have been drawn away to Dereham Town in the first round of the FA Youth Cup. The date of the tie is yet to be confirmed.
The winners will play either Mansfield Town or Cambridge City away from home in the second round.