Peterborough United head to Adams Park to face Wycombe Wanderers this weekend in League One, and know all too well how Gareth Ainsworth’s side will approach the game on Saturday.
With famous striker Adebayo Akinfenwa playing up top, Wycombe Wanderers’ play style uses physicality to their advantage to get the better of their opponents. The Chairboys play long balls up to strongman Akinfenwa, who holds the ball up for onrushing attackers joining the surge forward, while the midfielders apply the pressure off the ball.
The tactics of Ainsworth’s side can be physically imposing, but Peterborough United manager Steve Evans insists his side will not wilt under the physical presence of this weekend’s opponents.
“Wycombe have one way of playing, but you won’t find me complaining about it,” Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph.
“They are physical, they are direct, they get the ball up to ‘Bayo,’ who is a tremendous footballer in my opinion, and they get runners around him.
“I’m a great believer in finding a style of play that suits your squad, and if it works then why not stick with it? That’s what Wycombe have done.
“Wycombe play very much in the mould of their manager Gareth Ainsworth. He was an excellent, competitive player and he’s worked wonders at his club. But we will just treat the game as another difficult League One challenge. It’s a different challenge from some we have faced, but we will go there and try and impose our game on them.
“Teams have become very wary of how well we are playing away from home. They are wary of the threats we pose.
“We’ve rarely fallen behind away from home in League One this season and when we have hit the front we have tended to stay there.
“The first goal will be very important on Saturday. When are very dangerous.
“We will expect to come under pressure at times on Saturday, but I have two excellent centre-backs who have been outstanding for most of the season.
“Rhys Bennett and Ryan Tafazolli have of course made the odd slip, but they were outstanding at Burton last weekend. They are big lads so they are well equipped to cope with ‘Bayo’ and with the high number of crosses that will come into our penalty area.”
The Posh will be hoping to continue their unbeaten away form with another win this weekend at Adams Park, as they look to close in on League leaders Portsmouth. Steve Evans’ side are only two points behind Pompey, and could jump to the top of the table if Kenny Jackett’s side lose and The Posh pick up all three points.