Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has asked the club’s frustrated fans to judge the success or otherwise of this season when it’s over.
It’s been a stormy few days on social media following Tuesday’s (March 11) disappointing defeat at home to Bristol City with fans responding in kind to strong comments made by the manager and Posh chairman regarding current performance levels.
Ferguson accepts his job to now pick up the players ahead of tomorrow’s (March 15) massive match against play-off rivals Mk Dons at stadium;mk. He hopes Posh fans will now concentrate on getting behind the players for the rest of the season.
A two-goal win for MK would move them above Posh into the last play-off slot.
Ferguson said: “Everyone has had their say this week and that’s fair enough, but we now have to pull together and start getting some consistently good results.
“I think the season should be judged when it’s over. It shouldn’t be judged three-quarters of the way through and it shouldn’t be judged after 40 games.
“I accept we have been very inconsistent, but it’s still possible we will be very successful. If we go up through the play-offs and win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final it will go down as one of the most successful seasons in the club’s history.
“It’s a big game tomorrow. We’ve enjoyed a healthy rivalry with MK Dons over the years. We seem to have improved as clubs at the same time.
“We are winning three promotions to one, but they are always there or thereabouts and we respect them greatly.
“It should be a good aim, but we want to be six points clear of them with a game on hand on Saturday night.
“The fans always look forward to this game. We had a fantastic following when we last played their in the play-off semi-final and we have sold plenty of tickets for tomorrow as well.
“Our away fans have had it better than the home fans in recent weeks with our wins at Orient and Stevenage and with the JPT success at Swindon, and I’m sure their support will be outstanding again tomorrow.”
New loan signing Lloyd Isgrove will be in the Posh squad at stadium;mk. The 21-year winger from Southampton has joined Posh until the end of the season.
Posh have a fully fit squad to pick from apart from striker Kyle Vassell who has a broken toe. He faces a race against time to be fit for the JPT Final at Wembley on Sunday, March 30.
Ferguson is likely to make changes to the side that lost to City despite playing against 10 men for 70 minutes. Jack Baldwin is expected to start, probably in place of Shaun Brisley.
Jack Payne may also come into contention for a midfield place, but not at the expense of on-loan Josh McQuoid who has impressed Ferguson in his short time at London Road.
Ferguson added: “I’ve always liked Josh as a player, but now I’ve worked with him he has even more attributes than I realised. He was very good against City. He took the ball well in tight areas and tried to make things happen. His performance was one of the encouraging things from the other night.
“Lloyd is an exciting player who will give us much better options. I had to have three defenders on the substitutes’ bench the other night which isn’t ideal.”