Peterborough United face Blackpool this afternoon in an important clash at London Road, as top of the table Posh are visited by Terry McPhillips’ Tangerines – who are yet to concede an away goal in the League this season.
Steve Evans is keen to get back to winning ways in front of the home crowd in today’s clash with Blackpool, and he stressed his determination in an interview with the Peterborough Telegraph. However, he is also keeping an eye on Tuesday night’s clash with promotion rivals Sunderland.
He told the Peterborough Telegraph:
“That’s the biggest game of them all next week.
“And we want to go up there on top of League One. That’s the only time I will mention Sunderland until Saturday night though as we must not take our eye off the ball against Blackpool or we will lose.
“Blackpool have good players and are well organised. They haven’t lost in a while so it’s a big test for us, but we are desperate to put on a show for our own fans.
“We’ve been exceptional in away games, but promotions are usually built on home form and ours needs improving. Scoring first will be important against a team who don’t let many goals in – none at all away from home – so we will be aiming for a fast start.
Evans was also full of praise for both former Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer and new manager Terry McPhillips after their solid start to the season, which has seen them go unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions.
“Blackpool signed some good players in the summer when Gary Bowyer was boss. I have tried to sign a couple of them myself in the past. And new manager Terry McPhillips has done a great job with them. They are big, strong and physical, but they can also play. They were magnificent in midweek when they knocked a strong QPR side out of the Carabao Cup.
“We couldn’t get near QPR when we played them, but Blackpool deserved their win.”
The Scotsman went on to talk about the competition in his refurbished squad, stating that several players were pushing for places in the starting 11 this weekend. However, he has opted to stay unchanged from last weekend’s 4-2 away win against Gillingham.
“There was too much complacency in the squad last season.
“There were players who knew they could safely book tickets for their family members because they would always be playing.
“That’s not the case now. There is no resting on laurels. Form in reserve games are important to me as are substitute performances and the likes of Callum Cooke, Mark O’Hara and Josh Yorwerth are pushing hard for a start.
“Right-back Darren Lyon has also been impressive in the reserves and he is putting pressure on Jason Naismith.”
Along with Posh fans, Evans will be keen to see his side put on an impressive performance to dispatch of an in-form Blackpool side at 3pm this afternoon.