Peterborough United’s new captain Harrison Burrows has insisted that this team have nothing to lose in their FA Cup clash with Championship high-flyers Leeds United.
The two teams meet at the Weston Homes Stadium later today in what is one of the games of the round, with both teams enjoying successful seasons in their respective leagues. Peterborough currently sit in third in League One whereas Leeds occupy fourth in the Championship.
Peterborough will go into the clash as underdogs, and rightly so given that they sit in the league below their opponents, however they will pose a serious threat to a Leeds side who have somewhat struggled for consistency in recent weeks.
It is a huge boost for Posh that the FA Cup match is at home, with their best form this season coming at the Weston Homes Stadium. As for Leeds, their away form is nowhere near as good as their home form as they are yet to lose at Elland Road. Their away form is far more patchy, with six losses in 13 games this season on the road in the Championship.
Darren Ferguson’s side will be full of confidence following recent performances and will truly believe that they have a good chance of making the fourth round and surpassing Daniel Farke’s Leeds in the process.
That being said, Posh will be without former captain Peter Kioso who was recalledby parent club Rotherham earlier in the week.
As a result, young midfielder Harrison Burrows will now lead the players out on Sunday, which will be the first match without Kioso.
Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, Burrows insisted his team had nothing to lose against the Championship-promotion chasers.
“When the draw was made we are buzzing to get Leeds. They’ve blown away a lot of teams in the Championship this season so it will obviously be a tough game.
“But we are playing really well and we have nothing to lose. As a team we know all our roles and responsibilities and we are looking forward to the challenge against a top Championship side.
“We will have a go and the game against Derby was a typical Posh performance. We just don’t give up which we’ve shown a few times now this season.
“Scoring was a great boost to my confidence after giving the ball away for their first goal and emotions took over at the end when we celebrated in front of our fans.
A win for Posh could see them face a Premier League side in the fourth round which would also provide a big boost to the club’s transfer budget.
As soon as the draw was made, it was easy to see that Peterborough against Leeds would be one of the standout ties of the round. The game sees two teams doing well in their respective leagues fight for a place in the fourth round.
Ferguson’s men will no doubt have a certain underdog mentality which could push Leeds quite far and a cup upset is not out of question. It is a good time to be playing Leeds, who have been somewhat erratic of late, something which the manager will certainly be telling his players.