JAMIE Vermiglio says Chorley will play with freedom and no fear as they look to cause another FA Cup upset at League One high-fliers Peterborough United.

Having knocked out Wigan Athletic in the first round, Vermiglio is plotting another major scalp at London Road – the first time the Magpies have been in the second round in 30 years.

Vermiglio knows the odds are stacked against the National League North side but, in the spirit of the FA Cup, believes they can grab the headlines again – just as they did at the DW Stadium.

“There is always an eye-catching upset in the cup, a result that makes you go ‘wow, look at that’. Why can’t that be us at the weekend?” said Vermiglio.

“Why can’t we be the team that gets that against-the-odds win and book a place in the third round. Chorley in the third round? Can you imagine that?”

Vermiglio says Peterborough will be a different proposition to League One strugglers Wigan, although he can take some heart from Posh’s recent poor run of form, three successes defeats before beating Plymouth Argyle 1-0 on Tuesday.

“We probably played Wigan at the best time and now we are probably facing Peterborough at the worst time,” he said.”I know they they have had a few poor results but they won on Tuesday night.

“Everything is stacked against us, one of the highest ranked teams against one of the lowest, but we are going there high in confidence. We’ll go there and play with freedom and no fear.”

After the high-profile win over Wigan, Vermiglio knows his side won’t be the "unknown quantity" and Posh boss Darren Ferguson will have done his homework on the Victory Park side.

“There has been plenty of interest in us since the Wigan win so there is no way we can slip under the radar,” he said. “Peterborough will certainly know all about us, we are no longer the unknown quantity and they will have done their homework on us and I am sure Darren Ferguson will look to put out his strongest side.”

But Chorley will know all about Peterborough as well. Vermiglio used a free week when their clash was Leamington was called off to watch them lose 2-0 at Crewe while assistant Andy Preece saw the 1-0 win over Plymouth.

“They are a very good team, they are up there at the top of the table for a reason,” he said. “But we have done or due diligence, I went to watch them at Crewe and Preecy saw them play on Tuesday against Plymouth.

“So we have a very good idea of how they play.”

Chorley go to London Road on the back of a four-game unbeaten run including a first league win of the season over Telford and a 2-2 draw against Hereford last time out.

“After the draw for the cup, I said the best preparation would be to go in to it unbeaten and that is what we hae done,” added Vermiglio.

While Vermiglio says all the pressure is on their hosts, Chorley have pressures off their own and the £35,000 prize money they have picked up so far will go a long way to protecting the club’s future.

“That money has been a lifeline,” said Vermiglio. “On the pitch, come Saturday afternoon there will be no pressure on us.

“But survival, that is real pressure. The money generated from our cup run has been massive, the TV revenue is massive. It has arguably saved the club. Don’t get me wrong, we are going to Peterborough to try and win but there is no pressure or expectation to do so. We will go and enjoy ourselves, express ourselves and see what happens.”

Chorley are likely to be without Harry Cardwell, one of the heroes of the Wigan win, but they have added former Rovers duo Willem Tomlinson and Adam Henley to their ranks - with Tomlinson likely to be involved in the tie.

“It will be a big shame if Harry misses out, he has played very well for us and was superb against Wigan. He will be a big miss but it gives somebody else the chance to come in and stake a claim.

“Willem and Adam are going to be two very good signings for us. Willem has played a lot of league football, most recently at Mansfield, and he came on at Hereford on Saturday. Adam will be a good acquisition once he gets up to speed.”