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Burton Albion v Posh: Match Preview

6 November 2015

Posh head to the Pirelli Stadium in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday (3pm).

Peterborough United make their second journey of the season to the Pirelli Stadium and Graham Westley's men will be hoping for a much better outcome when they face Burton Albion in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup than what occured in the league meeting between the two sides.

On that day, Posh were denied a last gasp equaliser from Jermaine Anderson by a controversial refereeing decision but this weekend is a different competition and Westley will be focussing on what lies in front of them rather than what has happened before.

'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,' Westley said.


The Posh boss is waiting on the fitness of defender Gabriel Zakuani and midfielder Marcus Maddison. Both missed the defeat at Coventry City with injury but have a chance of being available for this weekend's cup-tie.


Jack Baldwin is expected to travel with the squad after a long injury lay-off while Harry Beautyman also returns to the squad. Kgosi Ntlhe and Joe Gormley are definitely out.


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Saturday's game may come too soon for Burton Albion left-back Damien McCrory.  The 25-year-old has missed the last two games against Port Vale and Oldham Athletic – the first through illness and the second with a hip flexor problem.


'(Saturday) will be too early for Damien," said Hasselbaink. 'He had a scan on Tuesday and was cleared from that, but we need to go to another specialist because it's still sore.


'We don't want to risk him because we are getting into a really busy period now of November, December and January.'


Hasselbaink also offered promising updates on Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (groin) and Kelvin Maynard (knee) but George Taft (knee) faces a lengthy lay-off after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury while on loan at Cambridge United.


The game is not all-ticket and over 430 had been sold in advance of the game. Please note there is a £2 price rise on the day.




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