Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson insists he and his players are relishing the challenge of taking on the League One title favourites tonight (August 18).
Posh are seeking a hat-trick of home victories in the space of a week as they entertain Sheffield United at the ABAX Stadium (7.30pm).
And success against the highly-touted Blades would enable them to continue building momentum following a Capital One Cup triumph over lower-level Crawley last Tuesday (August 11) and a first League One victory of the new campaign against Colchester on Saturday (August 15).
Robertson said: “It is going to be an exciting game. I’m looking forward to it and I know my players are as well.
“I’m sure Sheffield United will be relishing it as well because the ABAX Stadium is going to be a tough place to visit this season.
“We had a good result against Sheffield United last season in my second game in charge.
“I seem to recall it was our first Tuesday success for over a year and a first win at Brammall Lane which made it particularly special.
“But that is in the past and we need to focus on the present challenge they will provide.
“Nigel Adkins is putting a really strong squad together there and we are going to have to counteract the players and strategies they possess.
“They have a number of attacking options and they are similar to ourselves in that they have a mix of experience and youth, and the ability to score goals.”
Robertson is adamant Posh cannot afford a repeat of the slow start which made life difficult against Colchester on Saturday.
A spectacular brace from Marcus Maddison ensured they came from behind to win 2-1, but Robertson wants his players at peak form from the off tonight.
He added: “The players showed a lot of character at the right times to get our first league win on Saturday.
“We have reviewed the performance against Colchester extensively since and the way we started the game was extremely disappointing.
“I thought they managed it well in the second half though and the only thing lacking was a third goal to kill it off.
“I’m happy with back-to-back wins at home and hopefully we can continue to build momentum with another.
“We need to be focused from the first whistle though. Sheffield United scored very early in both halves of their win against Chesterfield on Saturday and we know we must start the game brightly to ensure that doesn’t happen against us.”
Posh right-backs Tobi Adebayo-Rowling and Michael Smith both face fitness tests. Robertson is hopeful of both being available and having a tough decision to make.
Youngster Adebayo-Rowling limped out of the Colchester success while Smith is yet to feature this season due to a back problem. Loanee Alex Davey filled in at right-back on Saturday.