Despite the fact that the Checkatrade Trophy is at the bottom of Peterborough United manager Steve Evans’ priorities, he is relishing the possibility of taking his club to Wembley.
After beating League One rivals Luton Town, Peterborough United have progressed to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy. Steve Evans made ten changes to his side that beat Non-League side Bromley in the FA Cup last Saturday, but his second string side got the job done over Nathan Jones’ side with relative ease.
The Posh manager has made no secret that the competition is low down on his list of priorities, but admits that he would love to lead his club out at Wembley.
“This competition is priority number four for this season,” Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph.
“Obviously promotion from League One is number one and then the other two cup competitions we enter. But the Checkatrade Trophy offers the best chance of reaching Wembley and would I love to take my local club there? You bet I would.
“The objective at the start of a very tough group was just to get through and then take it from there. We have had some disappointments on the way like the first half at MK Dons and losing a two-goal lead against Brighton, but got there in the end.
“And for 75 minutes tonight I was delighted with how we played. We were on cruise control until our goalkeeper let them back into the game and then we had to defend well and stand tall against a team who threw caution to the wind for 15 minutes or so.
“Luton started the game brighter than us, but we dominated after scoring two great goals. Marcus Maddison did what Marcus Maddison does to set up the first for Colin Daniel. We’ve worked on getting our full-backs higher up the pitch so I was pleased with the movement Colin made.
“In fact our movement and passing was excellent at times and what a wonderful strike from Ivan Toney from the free kick to put us 2-0 up.
“We were determined to stay on the front foot in the second-half, but Luton had some good players on view so they were always going to have spells.”
Experienced defender Sebastien Bassong made his first competitive start in Posh colours, after signing a short-term deal a few weeks ago. The former Spurs and Newcastle United man has been featuring regularly for The Posh’s reserve sides, but this was his first competitive game of football since May 2018.
“He struggled through the last 15 minutes, but he’s only been playing reserve team football for 18 months so that was understandable. He’ll come on a million miles for that 90 minutes.
“Darren Lyon also did well against a quality player in Jorge Grant.
“It was a shame for Conor O’Malley, but mistakes by goalkeepers lead to goals. His distribution was poor at times as well. He was putting defenders under pressure, but after his mistake he came and caught a couple of crosses so that showed good character.”