Fergie frustrated in his attempt to bring experience to his squad

Harry Beautyman could be deployed in a more advanced role at Notts County. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Harry Beautyman could be deployed in a more advanced role at Notts County. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been frustrated in his attempts to strengthen the side ahead of Saturday’s (January 24) League One clash at Notts County.

Ferguson thought Posh had tied up a deal to bring an experienced player to London Road yesterday (January 22), but an unspecified last-minute hitch stopped the move in its tracks.

Posh were still working on the transfer this morning, but it’s not now expected to be completed before the trip to Meadow Lane, if at all.

Ferguson said: “It’s incredibly frustrating. The chairman has been good. He’s letting me get one player in before we get anyone out. The squad does need strengthening, but it doesn’t look likely to happen before the County game.”

Posh were also close to selling million-pound striker Tyrone Barnett yesterday, but that deal fell through over the player’s personal terms. Barnett is believed to be one of the highest earners at the club.

Ferguson is still likely to make team changes tomorrow as Posh seek to build on their outstanding recent record at County. Posh have won five and drawn two of their last seven trips to Meadow Lane.

Ferguson added: “There were aspects of last week’s match that I didn’t like. You find out about people in tough situations and I need to know those who will cope with the situation we are in.

“A repeat of our recent performances at County would be ideal. There are some grounds where you always seem to get a result and County has been a good ground for us.

“It won’t be easy though. Manager Sean Derry has done a great job there. He has several players who know the game very well and he has surrounded them with good young players with great energy.

“They manage a game very well and we will need to be strong and disciplined to have a chance.”

Teenage midfielder Jermaine Anderson could earn a recall to midfield tomorrow. Harry Beautyman could be used in a more advanced role.

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