POSH: Sir Alex is an inspiration to new manager Westley

Jon Taylor of Peterborough United celebrates scoring against Millwall. Picture: Joe Dent
Jon Taylor of Peterborough United celebrates scoring against Millwall. Picture: Joe Dent
Have your say

Words of wisdom from Sir Alex Ferguson have inspired Posh manager Graham Westley to develop the most attacking, entertaining style of football seen at the ABAX Stadium since the days of George Boyd, Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle.

Posh beat Millwall 5-3 in a League One home match last weekend after Westley picked a side full of positive intent.

Westley sprang a surprise by fielding five out-and-out attackers. Three of them, Jon Taylor, Lee Angol and Conor Washington, scored, while Marcus Maddison had a hand in three goals.

Souleymane Coulibaly was replaced at half-time by substitute Chris Forrester, who also scored.

It appeared to be a risky selection, but it worked for Westley, who pointed out that it also used to work for former Manchester United boss Ferguson - the most successful manager of all-time in English football.

It’s a style of play Westley intends to stick to.

Westley said: “Sir Alex Ferguson once said that if you have goal-scorers in your squad, get them all on the pitch and he didn’t do badly did he?

“Manchester United have a tradition for attacking, entertaining football and in recent seasons that’s also been true of Peterborough United.

“With the quality and technical ability we have in our squad it makes perfect sense for us to adopt a very attacking style of play and that’s what we will do.

“Okay it was forced on me slightly last weekend by the absence of a couple of midfield players (Jermaine Anderson and Erhun Oztumer), but I sent a team out to attack and to entertain and I hope our fans enjoyed what they saw.

“I didn’t really see it as a gamble because I have a lot of faith in our ability to score goals. Teams will be afraid of visiting our place if we carry on playing like that.”

Westley may have to adapt his side slightly for the League One trip to out-of-form Swindon on Saturday as there are a few players with knocks and bruises.

Anderson is available though after completing a three-match suspension.

Westley will be a guest on Channel Five’s live Football League show on Saturday (9pm start).