Jackett wary of Peterborough’s attacking prowess

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KENNY JACKETT believes Peterborough’s approach against Pompey will be contrasting to Shrewsbury’s last weekend. 

The Blues travel to the Posh tomorrow as the top two sides in the division go head-to-head. 

Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

Both teams are unbeaten, but it’s Steve Evans’ men who sit at the top of the table – two points above the visitors.

Peterborough have won six and drawn one of their opening seven matches to set the early pace.

They’ve been impressive on the front foot, already scoring 19 goals, and battled back to deliver a 3-2 win at Southend last weekend.

In contrast, Pompey head into the game following a frustrating 1-1 draw with the Shrews at Fratton Park. 

John Askey’s side limited the Blues’ goalscoring opportunities throughout the game. 

However, Jackett is expecting a more attacking approach from Peterborough. 

The boss said: ‘Last week Shrewsbury, as they did last season, locked on to us and stifled us.

‘They got the goal through a mistake and was their only shot on target of the game. 

‘This weekend will be a very different game against a very good side. They’ve made a high amount of changes but have hit the ground running.

‘As Peterborough do, they move players on but a high amount of players come in.

‘They have gelled quickly, hit the ground running and set the standard for the division so far – particularly in terms of goalscoring.

‘Although it will be a challenge, it’s one we’re looking forward to.’

Peterborough lost last season’s talisman Jack Marriott to Derby during the summer.

But they did manage to keep hold of Marcus Maddison, who was linked with a move to Leeds.

Jackett recognises the 24-year-old is a threat to Pompey. 

‘There was obviously talk Maddison would be going but it hasn't quite happened,’ added the boss.

‘Everyone in League One knows what a talent he is and he will obviously strengthen them.’

More than 2,100 Pompey fans will make the journey to London Road. 

Jackett wants his troops to repay those making the trip with a good performance. 

‘It will be a great atmosphere and generally is a big game this early in the season,’ added the manager. 

‘We're delighted with the amount of fans and the interest in this game. We're looking for a good performance and a good result.’