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Crewe v Posh: Match Preview

20 November 2015

Peterborough United head to the Alexandra Stadium on Saturday to face Crewe Alexandra.

Peterborough United make the trip to Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday (3pm) with the Railwaymen currently propping up the rest at the bottom of the table.

However, despite their lowly position, boss Graham Westley is taking nothing for granted and has urged his squad not to be complacent against a side that have picked up impressive results against Sheffield United and Burton Albion in recent weeks.

'There are certain rules in football which have to be obeyed. For a start don’t be complacent and don’t take anything for granted.


'Let’s make no bones about it, if we play to our absolute best we will win this game. But Crewe look like they are a team who are capable of turning it on when they play the bigger teams in the division and I would class us as one of the bigger teams,' Westley said this week.


The Posh boss is without the services of defender Jack Baldwin due to suspension, while long term absentees Kgosi Ntlhe and Joe Gormley are sidelined. Shaun Brisley has returned to Posh following his loan spell at Northampton Town, but has a knee injury and will be on the sidelines for a number of weeks.


Defender Gabriel Zakuani returned from international duty with a hamstring injury, which will continue to be assessed. Striker Souleymane Coulibaly is available after playing 45 minutes for the Ivory Coast under 23s this week.


Coulibaly spent time on trial with Crewe during the summer and Alexandra boss Steve Davis has spoken about how close they got to signing the front man.


'I liked Souleymane when we had him here and there was never any doubt that he could be good enough for the level. I took him in as a favour at first. He wanted to come somewhere to get fit because it had not gone as well as he would have wanted over in Italy. I took him for pre-season to allow him to get fit and to have a look at him because of what he had achieved as a young player.

'He was the star of the Youth World Cup with Ivory Coast and Tottenham signed him ahead of a lot of other interested clubs, so we knew he had great potential. He played a couple of games in pre-season and was getting himself match sharp and then we were told that we had make our mind up. From being with us for most of pre-season, it all changed over the space of a weekend and with our own young players we couldn’t do it at that moment. It wasn’t fair on them. They needed to have their chance as well because that is what this club does.


'Perhaps if I had been at another club with a lot more resources, like Peterborough then I would have signed him. We have a commitment to our youth here and that made it a little more difficult. He did well for Peterborough in some pre-season games and they signed him and I wasn’t surprised because he certainly had something to work with,' Davis said.


Posh have sold over 220 tickets in advance of the fixture at the Alexandra Stadium, but the game is not all-ticket and fans can pay on the day with no price rise.






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