Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Peterborough United at The Hawthorns, we spoke with Posh fan Alex.
He gives us his views on Peterborough's season so far, Graham Westley, Adil Nabi, and more. You can follow Alex on twitter @Sweeney95Alex.

It's been just over six years since the two clubs last met, can you give us a quick run-down of Peterborough's fortunes during that time?

Last time the clubs met it was the feared Mac-attack that was gracing the Hawthorns turf as an in-form Posh form took on the baggies in January 2009 for another FA cup fourth round tie. It was a season to remember as the Posh ran on to finish runners up to Leicester in League One before stepping into the Championship.

The step however proved too big for Posh and the 2009/2010 was one of the worst during the Darragh MacAnthony years. Posh never got going from the start and were quickly cut adrift of safety. The disappointing campaign included the sacking of Darren Ferguson and the appointment of Mark Cooper, who lasted just 13 games before being replaced by Jim Gannon who took charge of the already sunken ship. Posh finished bottom of the pile and 15 points adrift.

The Posh rollercoaster however never stops, 2010-2011 was my greatest season to remember. A brave decision by MacAnthony to sack Gary Johnson and reinstate Ferguson paid off as he, with the help of some magic by Grant McCann and co, guided us into the playoff places where we saw off MK Dons and hammered Huddersfield 3-0 in the playoff final at Old Trafford. – My best Posh memory.

The 2011-12 season was one of surprising stability as Posh adapted to life in England’s second tier and finished a comfortable 10 points above the drop. Normal service was resumed however in the following 2012-13 campaign, despite having a dreadful start to the season, it took a late Jedinak header to send posh down at Crystal Palace on the final day of the season. – A memory that still haunts me.

Since then it has been a battle with League One and despite losing out to Leyton Orient in the playoff semi-finals in 2014 Posh have never reached the glorious heights of the previous years. Last season saw Posh dance at the wrong end of the table and an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to MK Dons signalled the rightful end to a successful spell under Fergie.

Academy coach Dave Robertson was appointed to guide the Posh ship out of trouble and he did just that with an impressive winning run. But after a summer to build his side Posh were truly awful for the first part of this season and Robertson was thankfully shown the door and replaced by Graham Westley. So far this campaign it’s been a good run since his appointment, a nice brand of football has returned to a young side but with a few poor results against top sides in recent weeks, Westley now has his work cut out to restore confidence back to his side.

You're currently just outside the League One play-offs, how would you rate the season so far? Better or worse than expected?

Currently the season is going just as I expected, I predicted a 10th place finish and I would still expect that now. Westley has surprised me with the quality he has brought out our young side and we have had a good run but I still feel we lack the quality and edge to get promotion to the Championship.

Peterborough manager Graham Westley is perhaps a little unknown to the casual fan, tell us a bit about him, how do his teams play?

Westley arrived with a general perception of playing a hoof ball and physical brand of football after his time at Preston and Stevenage but since his arrival to Posh it would be hard to criticise him, he has brought attacking football and confidence to the team. He regularly interacts with fans at games and speaks plenty of sense in his interviews so I think he could have a good future at the ABAX.

Talk us through your squad, strengths? weaknesses?

The key word that sums up our squad is youth, the Posh business model will always consist of having a squad full of young players with the hope they can be the next cash cow for the Posh, which is not a bad thing. However it does indicate that when we hit a few bad results we can lack confidence and leadership to get us out of a hole. The strongest area of our squad is going forward, although we currently lack a consistent goal scorer since Conor Washington’s departure, creative midfielders Erhun Oztumer and Marcus Maddison offer the biggest threat. Defence is our weakest area at the moment with both experienced centre backs Michael Bostwick and Gabriel Zakuani side-lined. Ricardo Santos has been filling in the role and he has looked shaky on some occasions this season.

Posh player for 
Albion to watch out for?

Erhun Oztumer, a little wizard on his day but the game can sometimes pass him by.

How important is the game for Peterborough? How much interest in the game is there from Posh fans?

It is all about the day out for me, some fans marvel at the FA cup but personally I would rather get three points at Chesterfield next weekend. However the draw could have been worse, a short train journey away with a few beers in Birmingham on route has proven to be a big attraction for Posh fans who will pack out the away end and enjoy the day whatever the score. A replay would be nice though and I think that would give us every chance of progressing.

Thoughts on Albion? Any of our players you rate?

My thoughts on Albion are (I don’t claim to watch you very closely) a bang average Premier League side, with Pulis at the helm I think you will be safe for this season and a few more to come but I don’t see you setting foot inside the top 10 anytime soon. I rate Sessegnon as a player, someone who I feel can add a bit of creativity to any side and Berahino could run rings round our defence on Saturday if he features.

You recently signed young forward Adil Nabi from the Baggies, how do you see him being utilised? One for the future?

He is a player that like most Posh fans no little about (like most of our signings) but we learn to trust our chairman and hopefully Nabi can turn out to be one of the good ones. From what I have read he seems like a creative midfielder but I am sure all will be revealed in the coming weeks.

How are Peterborough likely to line up on Saturday?

It’s difficult to call after such a poor performance against Burton on Tuesday and I anticipate a few changes.


Smith, Baldwin, Bostwick (if fit), Wilson

Forrester, Beautyman, Oztumer, Maddison

Angol, Coulibaly

Thoughts on the game and prediction?

I think it will be a close game with not too many goals, I am going to go for a repeat of the same score line as last time: 1-1 and we will win the replay! (optimistic admittedly)

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