Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson insists it’s time for the club’s ‘star’ players to stand and deliver.
Ferguson believes he has devised a formation best-suited to the club’s creative talent and he’s calling on the likes of Marcus Maddison, Erhun Oztumer and Joe Newell to make it work.
It’s likely all three will start behind a lone striker in Saturday’s League One clash at Port Vale as they did in last Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Colchester.
“We have some talented players at this club,” Ferguson insisted. And the formation we have introduced should be the best one for them.
“I want Erhun, Marcus and Joe playing in the same side because I believe it gives us the best chance of creating chances and scoring goals.
“It didn’t work out well last week, but for 30 minutes we were very dominant. Maybe an away game will suit the formation better, but we will need more from Marcus and Joe this week. Erhun played well, but the other two didn’t contribute as much .
“Marcus in particular is a key player for us. He’s the one who might create something out of nothing, but he was becoming so frustrated against Colchester I felt I had to take him off.”
Posh go into Saturday’s match at Vale Park looking anxiously over their shoulders following a run of one win in 11 League One matches.
The performance against Colchester prompted Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony to launch into a furious personal Twitter tirade, one that was aimed at the players rather than the manager.
Ferguson added: “Social media is not the usual place for comments like that, but we have an unusual chairman.
“What he said was right though and the players will deal with it. We have opened ourselves up to criticism by the way we’ve played.
“We have spoken about what he said and I am confident the players will react in the right way, basically by performing better.”
Winger Jon Taylor remains doubtful for Saturday.
Ferguson faces his critics at a fans’ forum tonight (15 January, 6.15pm).