FA CUP: Peterborough United boss Westley not fussed about taking on his former club

Graham Westley (left) during his time as Preston manager.
Graham Westley (left) during his time as Preston manager.
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Peterborough United manager Graham Westley insists he won’t get caught up in the inevitable fuss caused by an FA Cup tie against his former club Preston.

Posh were given a home draw against the Championship club in last night’s (December 7) third round draw. Westley endured an unsuccessful 13 months in charge at Deepdale between January 2012 and February 2013.

But Westley said: “All the fuss and hype about playing against former clubs is irrelevant. I thought that in the last round when Craig Mackail-Smith and Mark Tyler came back to play against us and I won’t get caught up in it

“I did get a few messages last night after the draw had been made. I felt numb, not with shock, but because I didn’t care who we played as long as we were at home.

“We would have taken this tie before the draw because it’s at home and therefore our chances of winning are better.

“It will be tough obviously. Preston won promotion from our league last season and they are gradually finding their feet in the Championship. They are doing the best of the promoted teams.

“But my ambition is to get my team into round four. I don’t care who we beat to get there. There will be nothing extra on the game for me because we are playing Preston. I have no personal issues with the club.”

Westley watched Saturday’s League One opponents Shrewsbury draw 0-0 at National League Grimsby in their second round FA Cup tie last night.

On-loan midfielder Martin Samuelsen will return to the Posh squad for that game at the ABAX Stadium (December 12) after West Ham denied him permission to take part in the FA Cup win over Luton on Sunday (December 6).

Samuelsen scored and created goals for West Ham Under 21s in a 2-1 win over West Brom last night.

“Martin will be back in our squad,” Westley said. “I am delighted about that as we have a quality player on our hands. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a Premier League star of the future.

“It’s not just about having talent though. Martin has shown in his short time with us that he has the character and the strength to cope with playing against experienced Football League players.

“He has fitted into the group very impressively. It’s a shame he couldn’t play in the FA Cup, but West Ham are just keeping an eye on him right now.”

Westley expects to discuss extending the loan deals for Samuelsen and left-back Callum Elder in the next few weeks.

Posh are expected to play Preston on Saturday, January 9. Ticket prices will be announced by the club soon.