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Posh v Luton Town: Match Preview

4 December 2015

Posh host Luton Town in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday at the ABAX Stadium (2pm).

Peterborough United entertain Sky Bet League Two side Luton Town at the ABAX Stadium in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday afternoon (2pm).

Posh progressed into the second round of the competition following an emphatic 3-0 victory at Sky Bet League One leaders Burton Albion in the first round and go into the tie off the back of five straight wins.

The Hatters are struggling somewhat in League Two, but on paper have a talented squad and experienced boss John Still will be looking for a welcome distraction this weekend.

Of course, Luton will include plenty of familiar faces in their squad with goalkeeper Mark Tyler, defender Scott Griffiths and strikers Craig Mackail-Smith and Josh McQuoid all set to feature.

Boss Graham Westley is not too concerned with players making returns to their former club, but is excited about the competition and what can be earned.

'The FA Cup is massive to me personally and for the football club, it is huge. We know the dreams that the fans have of succeeding in this competition and we have seen recently, that clubs from the lower leagues can go far in the cup, you only have to look at what Bradford City achieved in the League Cup.

'We know the art of the possible. From a financial point of view, from a dreams point of view and even from the players point of view from a careers point of view, this competition can really be so important. The FA Cup is everything and if you give your heart and soul to it, it can provide some really good rewards.

'It might be a different competition but you have to remember, that this run started in the cup when we were handed a tie at Burton Albion. It was a difficult draw on paper and they are now the League One leaders and we smashed them, let's not mince our words, we went there and played very good football, we went forward with real drive, showed attacking intent and I have said it before, this competition rewards the teams that are brave, who play with adventure and are open.

'It does not reward the defensive, the hesitant, it rewards teams that are expansive and we have been playing that type of football, so why would we change it? We are trying to improve what we are doing. We had a long chat after the weekend and came up with our agenda for December and how we can improve and everyone is working hard to make that happen,' Westley said.

Posh will be without the services of defender Gabriel Zakuani (hamstring), Kgosi Ntlhe (toe), Joe Gormley (knee) and Shaun Brisley (knee) but are not reporting any fresh injuries for the tie.

Hatters midfielder Nathan Doyle is expected to return after injury. The Posh have progressed from 12 of their last 13 second round ties, but were eliminated at this point last season by Colchester United.

Former runners-up Luton have gone beyond round two in two of the last three seasons, but needed a replay to see off Bury last season.

The tie is all-ticket with no tickets available to purchase at the turnstiles on the day. Luton had sold nearly 2,000 tickets for the tie (as at 1pm on Friday) with over 5,500 home tickets sold.

The Ticket Office is open from 10am until 3pm on Saturday and supporters can also purchase tickets online at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934.

Westley added: 'It is great that we are set to play in front of one of our biggest home crowds of the season on Sunday. The players are looking forward to it. You have to present the facts to people and it is a slow process, people want to be entertained. Football fans enjoy watching goals and they want to see good football with an intent to win and our lads are doing that. I am sure word is spreading.'


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