Peterborough United will not compromise their attacking beliefs when taking on mighty Sunderland in their own backyard tomorrow (October 2).
Posh have been superb on the road this season, winning all five League One away games so far and scoring 17 goals. Home form is of far more concern as Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Blackpool was a third game in a row withot a win at the ABAX Stadium.
The draw dropped Posh to second place in League One behind unbeaten Portsmouth.
“We might have to tweak the way we play at home,” Posh boss Steve Evans said. “Teams sit back against us at our place and it’s been more difficult for us to create chances.
“But I’d be a fool to come up with a wacky game plan just because we are playing at Sunderland. We have been terrific away from home all season. We’ve played some great football and scored some stunning goals and we will try and play the same way tomorrow. We will be positive and we will be looking to win.
“Sunderland are a huge club at League One level. We know all about the history and the passion of a fantastic fanbase. They will be favourites which is unusual for us latel, but it’s 11 v 11 and I have a group of players who will not be intimidated by a big crowd or a big club.
“There are lads in my dressing room who have played in front of 30,000 plus gates at Rangers and Celtic. They will be used to the atmosphere they will find tomorrow.”
Posh should be at full strength. Ivan Toney, Jamie Walker and Ryan Tafazolli all finished Saturday’s game with dead legs, but all were expected to train today.
There could be team changes for Posh with Joe Ward, Jason Cummings and Mark O’Hara all pushing for a start.
Sunderland will be without midfielder Lee Cattermole who is suspended, but former Wigan man Max Power will replace him.
Last season’s Posh skipper Jack Baldwin has been a regular in the Sunderland starting line-up.