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Peterborough United's Mark Little set for Wembley debut in Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final

28 March 2014

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By Tony Leighton

Peterborough United full-back Mark Little has never been to Wembley before, let alone trod the national stadium's famous turf.

But he is hoping that his debut appearance, in Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final against Chesterfield, will be like the old adage about buses: you wait for ages for one to come along and suddenly two appear.

As well as aiming to lift the Trophy, Posh want to finish the Sky Bet League 1 season by clinching promotion to the Championship in a Wembley Play-Off Final.

Little told "We definitely want two trips to Wembley this season, but our promotion bid is being put on hold for a few days while we concentrate on the Trophy Final.

"It's really exciting to be going there for the first time in my career, and after playing in every round of the competition this season I'm looking forward to what I know will be a great day for everyone involved with Peterborough United.

"I'm aiming to enjoy it, but obviously the main aim is to win the Trophy and we know it won't be easy against a team that are going really well in League 2.

"We always do well when we're the underdogs but because we're in a higher division we'll be favourites on Sunday and that will be a different feeling.

"We have to take that in our stride though and if we win the game it will be a great achievement for the club. It can also give us some invaluable experience of Wembley before we hopefully get back there for the Play-Off Final."

Whether or not Posh will make their superior league standing count at Wembley remains to be seen, but Little is planning on some pre-match one-upmanship in order to help his team start the big game on the front foot.

Chesterfield midfielder Sam Morsy is a former club mate of Little and the 25-year-old Posh defender said: "I'll be sending Sam some texts to get him going.

"We were at Wolves at the same time, but he's a few years younger than me and he was in the Academy when I got into the first team squad.

"I've followed his career since then and he's certainly doing well at Chesterfield. I noticed he got Man of the Match in a recent game so I'll make sure to send him a patronising text or two before Sunday!"

The Final will be Little's fifth Trophy appearance of the season, the full back having missed only the first leg of the Area Final against Swindon Town.

He was back in the side for the second leg which ended in a 3-3 aggregate draw before the Posh won 4-3 on penalties - to the relief of Little.

"I was next in line to take a penalty," revealed the defender, "and I was feeling a bit nervous. So when Tommy Rowe's penalty went in to win the shoot-out I had had a moment of relief but also of massive joy that we'd got to Wembley.

"Now we want to finish the job on Sunday. Yes, our ultimate aim this season is promotion - but right now our focus is totally on lifting that Trophy."

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