Boro ready for Posh test
Boro boss Graham Westley is looking for his players to rise to the challenge when Championship side Peterborough United come to The Lamex Stadium this evening. Darren Ferguson s men will provide Boro with the sternest test of their pre-season campaign
Boro boss Graham Westley is looking for his players to "rise to the challenge" when Championship side Peterborough United come to The Lamex Stadium this evening.
Darren Ferguson's men will provide Boro with the sternest test of their pre-season campaign so far and Westley wants his side to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat against Millwall on Saturday.
"Peterborough did win promotion from this league (League One) last year where Millwall just missed out. They're going to be a similar type of side but with a little bit more because they won promotion."
Boro fans will have another chance to welcome back one of their own with George Boyd likely to be included for Posh.
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The Scotland B international came off the bench to score two in Peterborough's 3-3 draw against Fulham at the weekend and the Boro squad will want to show they can compete against players of his calibre.
"It'll be another game where the opposition are of a similar or better level and it'll give our lads another challenge to rise to. All the time they're rising to the challenge of playing better players - it's testing them.
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"They're learning and, if you're being tested and you're learning, you're getting better. That can only be for the good."
Meanwhile, Westley is hoping that Andy Drury can return from injury over the next few days and possibly play a part in Boro's pre-season friendly against Southend on Friday evening.
"I hope Andy will be back in training in the next week or so but you can never tell with an injury," added Westley, who has seen Lawrie Wilson push his claims for a starting place down the right flank this pre-season. "When a lad's out with an injury you can guess how long it will take but sometimes things drag out a little longer than anticipated.
"I would have hoped he would have been back in training this week but it didn't happen so we'll need to see how that evolves," he added.