POSH PREVIEW: Westley’s up for the cup

Peterborough United manager Graham Westley loves the FA Cup. Picture: Joe Dent
Peterborough United manager Graham Westley loves the FA Cup. Picture: Joe Dent
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Posh boss Graham Westley loves the FA Cup and he’s determined to take his team on a long run in the competition.

Westley has good form in the world’s greatest knockout football competition from his days as Stevenage manager.

And there’s nothing he would like more than leading Posh into a glamorous tie later in the season.

Posh set off on that road with a tough first round tie at Burton Albion on Saturday, the team currently second in League One.

Westley said: “I love the FA Cup and I’ve had some great days and nights in the competition as a manager.

“I’ve taken Stevenage into games against Newcastle and Everton and I left the club just before they playeed Spurs.

“We even managed to beat Newcastle so there is no doubt that the FA Cup can deliver some incredible highs.

“We have a very tough first round game at Burton to negotiate first and that’s where all our focus is at the moment.

“But we will go there full of confidence and we will be going there to win the game at the first attempt.

“I’m a great believer that the FA Cup suits adventurous sides. And we may not be a lot of things just yet, but we are certainly already brave, positive and adventurous.

“It’s a tie that we are all looking forward to.”

The Brewers have four players in their regular starting line-up that Westley has signed at some point in his managerial career.

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, John Mousinho, Stuart Beavon and Lucas Akins are all players well known to Westley.

“They are not players I inherited,” Westley said. “They are players I signed and they are players who did very well for me at various clubs.

“Obviously I wasn’t at Posh when they played Burton earlier this season, but I feel like I know their team well.

“They’ve enjoyed a great start to the season and the fact that they are second in the league suggests we face a tough game.

“It’s about time we beat a top League One side though. We’ve come close a few times so we don’t have to find too much extra.”

Posh lost 2-1 at Burton in a League One match in controversial circumastances under the management of Dave Robertson in August.

Posh were 2-0 down and then a man down when central defender Gaby Zakuani was sent off for serious foul play.

But Marcus Maddison pulled a goal back before midfielder Jermaine Anderson saw an injury-time ‘goal’ wiped out for an alleged ‘foul’, a decision that drew a written apology from the matchday referee assessor.

On-loan central defender Alex Davey could be recalled to the Posh starting line-up for the first time since the 2-1 League One defeat at Southend on September 5, the last game under the management of Robertson.

Davey extended his contract at Premier League Chelsea earlier this week.

The draw for the second round of the FA Cup takes place on Monday (November 9, 7.15pm).