Peterborough United manager Graham Westley insists there will be no let-up in his team’s all-out attacking style.
Posh host pre-season League One promotion favourites Wigan Athletic at the ABAX Stadium tonight (October 20, 7.45pm kick off) and Westley believes it will be an enthralling game between two well-matched sides.
Wigan are a place and two points above ninth-placed Posh going into the game. Posh could jump into a top six spot with a win.
“Our agenda here is exciting football to entertain our fans,” Westley stated. “We want our games to be open and they will be. We will play so many attacking players the games have to be open and that suits us. We will get the ball down and we will pass it. We will play on the front foot and attack our opposition no matter who it is.
“There are many indicatorS that suggest us and Wigan will be evenly matched.
“They scored five goals in their last home game and so did we. They have picked up 10 points in their last six matches, we have picked up 11. We have scored 24 goals this season and they have scored 21. They have players who are very experienced at League One level and so do we.
“Wigan have a little more experience than we do, but we probably have a bit more pace. I’m sure it’s going to be an enthralling game between two well-matched teams. If we win we will go above them and we could also reach the top six which would be a big next step for us.
“Obviously we would like to improve our defensive play and keep clean sheets while maintaining our expansive, open game and I’m sure we will as we have good defenders.
“Ricardo Santos is improving all the time. His footballing ability stands out rather than his impressive physique and credit to Gaby Zakuani for performing as well as he has recently despite travelling to, and playing in, international matches. He has looked like an international-class defender lately.
“I also have Michael Bostwick who can play at the back and they are three central defenders who will be as good as anyone in the division.
“The important thing in any game of football is to have players ready to go. Ours will be and we will try and take advantage of playing at home on a Tuesday night.
“It’s a massive advantage in my opinion as we are not the ones playing on a Saturday and then travelling on a Tuesday, and there won’t be a big away following.
“There will be dew on the pitch which will give it some zip and that’s what a team with pace and technical ability like ours wants.
“If the fans get behind us again like they have been doing we will have a great chance of winning.
“When the fans and the players at this club unite on a Tuesday night it’s a tough place to come and get a result.”
Midfielder Erhun Oztumer is expected to return to the Posh starting line-up after completing a three-match ban. Kgosi Ntlhe, Joe Gormley, Jack Baldwin and Harry Beautyman are long-term absentees, while star attacker Marcus Maddison is not expected to return to action until Saturday’s (October 24) visit of Doncaster Rovers.