Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United side as predicted by the Peterborough Telegraph’s Alan Swann.
GK - Bobby Olejnik - The shot-stopper signed from Torquay was a huge hit in his first season with the club thanks to some outstanding displays in the Championship. His form dipped midway through the current campaign and he was left out after a run of 84 consecutive appearances. He’s big, but athletic and very reliable.
RB - Mark Little - Very speedy, attacking full-back. He gets in great positions going forward, but if he has a weakness it’s his final ball. Good attitude though and defensively he has improved greatly over the last two seasons. He actually quit Posh at the end of last season, but returned three months later after failing to find a new club!
LB - Craig Alcock - He has been in and out of the side over the last two seasons and is expected to leave London Road at the end of the current campaign. At his best he is a very reliable defender capable of marking the best wingers at League One level out of the game. He is a right-footed left-back though which means he can struggle offensively.
CB - Shaun Brisley - This lanky defender has played his best football in the middle of a back three, but that’s a system Posh rarely use these days. Recruited from Macclesfield (for whom he made his debut at the age of 16) as a teenager, he hasn’t really developed as the club had hoped and Wembley could be his last first-team start of the season.
CB - Nathaniel Knight-Percival - Wrexham converted this player from a winger to a centre-back, but he’s played most of his football for Posh at left-back. He’s done well enough in his appearances at the heart of the defence though as he’s big enough and quick enough to look after himself.
RM - Lloyd Isgrove - Recently signed on loan from Southampton and there is every chance a cup final at Wembley will be his first Posh start. He’s been with ‘The Saints’ since he was nine years old, but he’s made just two appearances for the first team, both in Capital One Cup ties. Isgrove is not the biggest, but he has a reputation for direct running at a good pace. He’s also capable of playing in a central striking role.
LM - Tommy Rowe - The club captain has been bedevilled by injury this season and, despite a bright start, he has struggled to re-capture the form of previous campaigns. Rowe can play at left-back or as an attacking midfielder and he will be key man if a much-changed Posh team is to come out on top. He’s out-of-contract at the end of the season and expected to leave London Road.
CM - Michael Bostwick - ‘The Boss’ was signed from Stevenage for £800k as a central midfielder, but was converted into a very strong central defender last season. That’s the position he started this campaign in, but he’s been back in midfield lately, more for his strength and power than his passing ability. Needs to be watched around the opposition penalty area as he has a fierce shot on him. If he plays this will be his fifth appearance at Wembley.
CM - Grant McCann - The veteran midfielder’s experience will be vital in a big game. The Northern Ireland international is far from a regular in the starting line-up these days as younger, more athletic players can dominate him, but he remains one of the squad’s most creative players when at the top of his game. McCann is also a set-piece specialist.
FW - Josh McQuoid - Northern Ireland international on loan from Bourenmouth. He can play in midfield which is where he’s been used in his short time at Posh, but he’s capable of playing behind a main striker which might well be his role in this game. Lacks pace, but he’s sharp of mind and capable of picking out a defence-splitting pass.
CF - Britt Assombalonga - Undoubtedly the team’s main man. Eyebrows were raised when Posh paid Watford a club record £1.5 million to bring him to London Road in the summer, but he’s proved his worth with 27 goals so far to take the lead in the League One scoring charts. He’s quick and deadly, but much better when the ball is played in front of him then he is with his back to goal.