The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - Mark Tyler is still buzzing

Grant McCann has called on his play­ers to de­liver a com­plete 90-minute per­for­mance to claim derby glory this Satur­day.

The Posh boss takes his side to fierce ri­vals MKDons (3pm) and in­sists there is no room for a re­peat of the slow starts which have blighted them in the early weeks of this sea­son.

In­stead he wants his men to pickup from where they left off af­ter arous­ing sec­ond-half dis­play dur­ing their EFL Cup exit at the hands of Swansea City on Tues­day night.

Posh were beaten 3-1 by the Premier League side with the dam­age be­ing done in the open­ing half.

McCann said: “All the lads have been made aware of how big the games are be­tween Posh and MK Dons.

“It’s go­ing to be tough again state am who have started the sea­son pretty well af­ter com­ing down, but ev­ery­one will ex­pect us to go there and give our all, and that is ex­actly what we’ll do.

“It’s an oc­ca­sion that will hope­fully suit us well with a good pitch and a big crowd, but we can’t af­ford to start an­other game poorly.

“The only time we’ve re­ally be­gun brightly this sea­son was the win at home to Mill­wall and it is a great feel­ing to get into a big lead as we did that night.

“It’s cer­tainly bet­ter than hav­ing to come out for the sec­ond half af­ter a few strong words from a man­ager.”

Posh then be­gin their Football League Tro­phy chal­lenge when host­ing Nor­wich Un­der 23s on Tues­day (7.30pm).

Club leg­end Mark Tyler is ready to sam­ple the buzz of a Posh derby fix­ture for the first time in more than eight years.

Tyler is on stand- by for a mouth­wa­ter­ing trip to MK Dons this Satur­day af­ter step­ping in at short no­tice for the m id week EFLC up exit against Swansea.

The 39 year-old made a se­ries of im­pres­sive saves against the Premier League side af­ter be­ing pressed into ac­tion for the first time this sea­son fol­low­ing a ham­string in­jury to num­ber one Ben Al­nwick in the warm-up.

Tyler last ap­peared for Posh against MK Dons back in a 2-1 home de­feat in De­cem­ber ,2007.

He had been re­placed as num­ber one by Joe Lewis by the time the two sides met again later in a League Two sea­son in which both were pro­moted.

Fresh from his 490th ap­pear­ance in Posh colours on Tues­day night, Tyler said: “I pre­pare for ev­ery game as if I’m go­ing to play in it, so it wasn’t an is­sue to step in late on against Swansea.

“Play­ing football has been my job for so many years and I love to be in­volved in any game, but it would be great to play in a derby.

“I’ ve not played in too many of the games a gainst MK Dons and I’ve never played at sta­dium:mk.

“As an older Posh guy, Northamp­ton is still the main derby for me, but we also know how im­por­tant it is for the fans that we get a re­sult on Satur­day.

“No-one likes to lose any game of football, es­pe­cially a big derby game, and we’ll be work­ing very hard in train­ing to put a few of the things right be­fore go­ing there full of con­fi­dence.”

Cen­tral de­fender Jack Bald­win is avail­able to re­turn against MK Dons af­ter sit­ting out the EFL Cup exit against Swansea in mid­week due to sus­pen­sion.

Bald­win was dis­missed for col­lect­ing a sec­ond cau­tion when con­ced­ing the stop page time penalty that led to a 2-1 de­feat at Ox­ford United last Satur­day.

But boss Grant McCann said that sum­mer sign­ing Ryan Tafa­zolli faces at least an­other week out af­ter a scan re­vealed there is still a tear in his ham­string.

Beat­ing MK Dons means so much to Posh fans.

Mark Tyler pulls off a fine save to deny Swansea’s Nathan Dyer.

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