POSH PREVIEW: The next step for Peterborough United is to reach the top two

Posh star Jon Taylor is batting to be fit to face his old club Shrewsbury. Photo: David Lowndes.
Posh star Jon Taylor is batting to be fit to face his old club Shrewsbury. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Peterborough United manager Graham Westley has urged his on-fire players to take their game to the next level as they attempt to close in on the automatic promotion places in League One,

Posh have won six competitive matches in a row ahead of Saturday’s (December 12) League One clash with 19th-placed Shrewsbury at the ABAX Stadium.

A perfect record in November has enabled Posh to reach the play-off places for the first time this season, but Westley has eyes on a bigger prize.

Posh are currently six points off the top two. They tackle League One strugglers Blackpool (away, December 19) and Chesterfield (home, December 26) after Shrewsbury so they appear to have a great chance of closing the gap at the top before they face a crunch game at third-placed Walsall on December 28.

Westley has certainly left nothing to chance. He watched Chesterfield and Walsall fight out a 1-1 FA Cup draw last Saturday (December 5) before studying Shrewsbury in action at National League Grimsby on Monday (December 7).

“It’s been very useful being able to see three of our next four opponents live in the matter of a few days,” Westley said. “You certainly pick up more information by attending a game than you do by wathing it on television.

“Our record against teams in the lower half of the table is very good (eight wins in nine matches), but every team has a threat in League One and Shrewsbury are certainly no different.

“My players have been outstanding in recent weeks, but we can get better, and we will need to get better if we are to make the next step and challenge for the top two.

“We can’t slacken, we can’t slow down, because if we do we will be burnt.

“This is an exciting time to be involved with Peterborough United. The aim now is to keep our good run going for as long as possible.”

Midfielder Jermaine Anderson and attacking midfielder Jon Taylor, a former Shrewsbury player, are fresh Posh injury concerns ahead of the Shrewsbury game. Harry Beautyman or on-loan West Ham midfielder Martin Samuelsen would replace Anderson with Marcus Maddison the favourite to step in for Taylor if required.