Defender Ryan Tafazolli says he and his Peterborough United team-mates are ready to ‘stand up’ to everything the Cobblers throw at them in Saturday’s derby clash at Sixfields (ko 3pm).
The former Mansfield Town man knows Town will be gunning for revenge in front of their own supporters, with Rob Page’s men still licking their wounds from last month’s horrible 3-0 defeat at London Road.
With that defeat still very fresh in the minds of the Cobblers squad and supporters, Tafazolli is expecting a hostile atmosphere at Sixfields, and for the home side to hit them hard from the off, but he says Posh, who enjoyed an excellent 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers last Sunday, will be ready.
“It will be hard and it will be physical. We will have to win the individual battles first and then impose ourselves on the match, like we did against Bolton,” said Tafazolli.
“It’s a big game and everyone loves playing in them.
“Northampton will be out for revenge after what happened at our place so we will have to be ready from kick off and start the game well.
“If they get physical we will stand up to them. They can’t be any more physical than Bolton.”
Posh are on a run of five wins in their past six matches and Tafazolli says confidence in the camp is high.
They can’t wait for the next game to come around, and believe if they play to their potential they will again be too good for Northampton.
“As soon as we finished the Bolton match we were hungry to play the next game,” said Tafazolli.
“That’s how confident we are at the moment.
“It’s another tough game for us (at Northampton), but if we can beat one of the best sides in the division who were in great form like Bolton, we think we can beat anyone.”