Ferguson chasing new striker after golden opportunity spurned at Fleetwood

Marcus Maddison is pursued by former Posh player Jeff Hughes in the match at Fleetwood. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Marcus Maddison is pursued by former Posh player Jeff Hughes in the match at Fleetwood. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson is chasing a new striker after watching his side miss a golden opportunity to make it three League One wins in a row at Fleetwood today (February 7).

Posh were held to a 1-1 draw despite taking the lead just past the hour mark through a tererific Joe Newell strike. Fleetwood equalised 15 minutes later through skipper Mark Roberts.

Match report: Fleetwood 1, Posh 1: Fergie’s passion play ends in frustration

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An injury to forward Kyle Vassell meant Ferguson had to change his side for the first time in three matches. He is likely to be out for a month.

The loan transfer window re-opens on Monday (February 9) and Ferguson expects to be active.

Ferguson said: “Kyle will have a scan on Monday (February 9), but the initial diagnosis is a month on the sidelines. I will probably need to get a striker in now as well as the experienced midfielder and a centre-back that we were already chasing.

“We neeed certain types of players for those positions and hopefully we can get some business done before we play Gillingham on Tuesday (February 10).

“I felt we missed a good opportunity of a third straight win today. After taking the lead we should have been able to pick them off, but instead we lost composure on the ball and as a result gave possession away far too easily.

“The equaliser was a big disappointment. Opponents shouldn’t be scoring from free headers four yards from goal when we are playing with three centre-backs.

“We actually started the game well, but the last 30 minutes of the first-half were poor from our point of view. There was no tempo or energy to the game and it was easy to see why Fleetwood let few goals in and why they have given some top teams a hard game at home.

“But there were positives. It’s another game unbeaten and if we beat Gillingham it will be 10 points from four games and two of them have will been away from home.

“Joe took his goal well and Marcus Maddison was a threat all game. He was back to something like his best and that’s crucial for us.

“Jack Payne also did well when he came on. I do want an experienced midfielder in the side though, one who is composed in possession.”

Posh dropped a place to 10th as a result of the draw. They remain two points from a play-off place ahead of home games against Gillingham and Rochdale (February 14).

Posh could well unveil a new signing early on Monday. Leyton Orient centre-back Mathieu Baudry remains a transfer target.

Follow-up, 9 February: Posh to make move into transfer market (eventually)

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