Peterborough United manager Steve Evans is determined to kick start the club’s hectic Christmas period with a win over bogey side Oxford United on Saturday afternoon.
Since their promotion to League One in 2016, Oxford United have beaten Peterborough United on all four occasions. That is a record Posh manager Steve Evans will be hoping to bring to an end, and he hopes to kick off the festive period in perfect fashion, but sealing all three points against Karl Robinson’s in form side.
The Posh’s home form has been far from perfect, but Evans will be hoping that they can use last week’s 1-0 home win over Wimbledon as a starter for a resurgence into the automatic promotion places.
“We are hosting a good side tomorrow,” Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph.
“Ignore their league position. They had a bad start because key men were injured, but they are in the middle of a good spell now.”
The Scotsman was also full of praise of Oxford manager Karl Robinson, who has come out the right end of a bad run of form.
“They have good players and a good manager in Karl Robinson. I saw Karl recently and congratulated him on coming through a tough start. He’s done a brilliant job and I’m pleased Oxford stuck with him.
“But we are determined to stay near the automatic promotion places. If we are still fourth and still this close to the top two on January 1 I will be very pleased because it would mean we have done well in five tough games before then.
“Oxford and Shrewsbury are in good form, while Barnsley and Accrington have already beaten us at home. Three of those games are away, but we are a good side away from home.”
Evans will have a decision to make when it comes to who plays up front. Nottingham Forest loanee Jason Cummings and top scorer Matt Godden look set to battle it out over who plays with the in form Ivan Toney, who has come into his own lately.
“Ivan is not only a handful physically and in the air,” Evans added.
“He’s also very talented with the ball at his feet. He’s hit form in recent games and he’s only going to get better.
“I took a strong side to Exeter because I wanted to erase the memory of five mad minutes in our previous game. It was a long slog, but the lads will be fresh enough to do themselves justice tomorrow.”