Ferguson: Getting flak comes with the territory (and results)

Darren Ferguson and his players need to get the Posh fans back on side.

Darren Ferguson and his players need to get the Posh fans back on side.

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Manager Darren Ferguson and his players are on a mission to get the Peterborough United fans back on side.

Ferguson accepts that criticism of his performance and that of his team goes with the territory in professional football

But the beleagured boss insists he has battled through similar problems in the past and he is confident he will do so again.

“We’ve had a lot of success at this club,” Ferguson stated.

“But it hasn’t always been a bed of roses.

“We’ve had tough times before and come through them and we will do it again.

“We lost the first seven games in the Championship the other season and yet recovered so well we only went down after picking up a record humber of points (for a team to be relegated).

“I had a good meeting with the players this week about the need to get the fans back on side.

“Many of the fans are frustrated and many of them, quite rightly, are asking questions of me and the players.

“That’s fine by me. It goes with the territory of a results-based business and we all have to accept it.

“I said after the game last weekend that the atmosphere in the ground during the match was really very good.

“I felt the majority of fans were with us and supporting us and that is good to know.

“But one point from the last five League One matches isn’t good enough and we must turn it round as quickly as possible which means winning the next game.

“If we beat Bristol City we will be just six points off top spot and the League One table will look a lot better from our point of view.

“It often only takes one win to turn a season around and, although Bristol City are a very strong side, they’ve shown in their last two games that they are beatable.

“They have had an outstanding season so far though which is no surprise to me.

“They have the crowds and the budget to do well in League One, but manager Steve Cotterill has also bought extremely well.

“Aaron Wilbraham and Kieran Agard are a good partnership up front, Korey Smith from Oldham is a very good midfielder and obviously we know all about Mark Little.

“It’s a big game for both sides, especially as it’s live on Sky and it’s a game that we believe we can win.”

Posh dropped down a place to eighth in League One following Rochdale’s draw at MK Dons earlier this week.

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