Momentum is crucial for busy Posh

Kyle Vassell face a fitness before the game at Fleetwood. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Kyle Vassell face a fitness before the game at Fleetwood. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Manager Darren Ferguson believes taking momentum into the busiest period of the League One campaign will be key to Peterborough United’s chances of reaching the play-offs this season.

That means securing a third straight win at Fleetwood tomorrow (February 7) in the first of 12 games between now and the end of March.

Ferguson could field the same starting XI that beat Notts County and Yeovil providing striker Kyle Vassell recoves from an ankle knock picked up in training earlier this week.

“Kyle should be okay, but we will make a decision later today (February 6),” Ferguson stated. “He’s a strong lad physically and mentally and I want him in as his partnership with Conor Washington was starting to develop again.

“This is a crucial time of the season right now. The games are coming thick and fast until the end of March, but you don’t mind that when you’re winning games. It’s important we carry momentum into the run.

“The difference in mood now that we’ve won a couple of games is huge. The same players who were wondering whether or not they would ever win a game again, now believe they can’t be beaten.

“It’s a tough game tomorrow though against a Fleetwood side who have had an excellent first season at this level. They usually play a midfield diamond and they usually play it very well.”

Ferguson still expects to sign a couple of new players when the loan window opens on Monday (February 9), although he is unaware whether or not Nottingham Forest have paid the £1.5 million they owe on the transfer of Britt Assombalonga to the City Ground.

The departure of high-earning Tyrone Barnett has freed up some cash and Posh are still trying to find a club for unwanted winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. If Posh do sign new players Ferguson will allow a younger player to leave Posh on loan.

Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and winger Jon Taylor should both return to action following injury in next Saturday’s (February 14) League One clash at home to Rochdale. On-loan goalkeeper Scott Loach will return to parent club Rotherham once Alwnick is fit.

Posh are currently ninth in League One, three places and two points outside the play-off places.

Posh fixture schedule:

FEBRUARY

7 Fleetwood (away)

10 Gillingham (home)

14 Rochdale (home)

17 Bristol City (away)

21 MK Dons (home)

28 Bradford City (home)

MARCH

3 Sheffield United (away)

7 Leyton Orient (home)

14 Doncaster (away)

17 Preston (away)

21 Chesterfield (home)

28 Coventry (home).

Posh are offering a Valentine’s Day special for the home game with Rochdale as supporters have the chance to bring a partner for FREE in the Motorpoint Stand.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the day and can be bought at www.theposhtickets.com (select packages tab), via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 and in person at the Box Office. Please note that this offer only applies to the Motorpoint Stand and must be bought as a package (buy one adult, get one free). Cost is £20 for two tickets.

Doncaster have reduced admission to £5 for adults for the game against Posh on March 14 as they celebrate long-serving James Coppinger’s 450th game for the club.

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