Peterborough United manager Graham Westley was on the wrong end of an FA Cup shock last season and it was an awful experience he doesn’t want to repeat.
Luton Town’s history is richer than that of Westley’s side, but there are currently 32 Football League places between the clubs and the Posh boss hopes that gulf in standard is obvious in Sunday’s (December 6) second round FA Cup tie at the ABAX Stadium .
The competition is an important one for Westley and for his club who this week announced losses of £1.9 million for the year ending June 2015. Posh have financial incentives to beat League Two Luton as well as playing ones.
“This club wants and needs a long FA Cup run and it’s the responsibility of me and the players to provide it,” Westley stated.
“I love the FA Cup and I am managing a team who should thrive on knock-out football.
“It suits the brave teams who like to attack so it should suit us and we are all looking forward to a very exciting game on Sunday.
“Luton are not doing as well as they would have expected this season, but what you always find in the FA Cup are opponents who give of their best and who play to their best.
“That applies whether you are facing Newcastle United or a non-league team so complacency can never be an issue in the FA Cup.
“I’ve had plenty of great moments in the competition and one very bad one.
“Last season my Stevenage team were knocked out away to Maidstone on their plastic pitch.
“It was an awful experience, a really horrible one, one of the worst I’ve had in football, and one I most definitely don’t want to repeat.
“We are treating this match the same as we have treated every game recently.
“I’m not that interested in what Luton might do or will do as all my focus is on us maintaining our current high standards. If we do that we will have a great chance of making the third round. There will certainly be no squad rotation just for the sake of it. I will be picking a strong team capable of winning the match.”
On-loan West Ham midfielder Martin Samuelson has been given permission to play by his parent club so he could make his full debut.
Marcus Maddison is pressing for a start after a two-goal display in a 3-2 win for the reserves against Nuneaton first team on Tuesday. Souleymane Coulibaly also scored.
The third round draw takes place on Monday, December 7, live on BBC Two (from 7pm).