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FA Cup: Peterborough boss Westley is busy plotting West Bromwich Albion's downfall

By Matt McGeehan

Graham Westley hopes Peterborough gain their just rewards for their attacking endeavours in tonight's FA Cup fourth round replay with West Brom.

The League One side twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at The Hawthorns on January 30 to force the Baggies, with Northern Ireland stars Gareth McAuley - who is set to land a new 12-month deal - Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt in their ranks, to return to London Road.

Posh are the second highest scorers in the Football League, behind League One promotion rivals Gillingham, and Westley hopes his side can find the target against West Brom.

"The cup is ideal for a club like ours," Westley said. "It rewards teams that play with flair and imagination. We've got that about us.

"That's the game we like to play. And if you're brave and you're attacking, you play open and you want to entertain, the FA Cup is a competition that gives to you.

"We have to make sure that we score goals. We're a side that will concede. (And) we place our emphasis on scoring. Our work is on our pattern, our players, our routes to goal, making sure we get back to being the highest scorers."

Jack Baldwin is rated 50-50 to return from a back injury for Posh, while Gabriel Zakuani could start after returning to fitness and Marcus Maddison is available.

Defenders Michael Smith and Ricardo Santos are suspended.

Tom Nichols, Jordan Nicholson, Aaron Williams and Callum Chettle are cup-tied and former Baggies player Adil Nabi is ineligible under the terms of his move.

Posh will have to field a much-changed team, with the absentees an afterthought for Westley.

He added: "To me they become irrelevant. The lads that are important are the ones that are going to wear the shirts. We can still put a team out that can win games."

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