Opportunity knocks for Fergie’s battlers

Peterborough United's Jon Taylor in action. Photo: Joe Dent/www.theposh.com
Peterborough United's Jon Taylor in action. Photo: Joe Dent/www.theposh.com

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has warned his players not to blow a great opportunity to get themselves back into the thick of the League One play-off race.

Last weekend’s battling 2-1 win at Notts County eased the pressure on the main men at The ABAX Stadium, but Ferguson insists a second win in 13 League One games must be the platform for a promotion push. Somehow Posh are still within a win of a top six spot ahead of Saturday’s clash with Yeovil.

“We had a great result at County,” Ferguson stated. “But it won’t count for a lot if we don’t beat Yeovil at home this weekend.

“The win at County is just a platform for the final 20 games. We have to build on it, improve and get ourselves back towards the top six.

“The other results have been kind to us while we’ve been struggling and that’s something that we must now take advantage of. We have to start winning at home if we are to be contenders so this is a huge game for us on Saturday.

“It’s going to be another tough one as Yeovil have improved their squad and found some form. They beat Bradford which looks a very good result now and then picked up a great draw at Preston.

“I watched their 0-0 draw against Coventry last week and they played well. They were the better side and should probably have won.

“They will be well-organised and they will be competitive so we have to match that first and then try and impose our game on them.

“The players were happy and relieved to have won a game last weekend because they’ve been through a horrible spell, but they know they have to turn one win into many wins if we are to get where we want to be.”

Posh have not won a League One match at home since the 2-1 defeat of Barnsley on October 18.

Posh haven’t even scored a goal at The ABAX Stadium in their last four League matches. If they fire blanks again this weekend they will set an unwanted club record of five Football League matches without a goal.

The game has added spice because of the return of gary Johnson to the city for the first time since he left to allow Ferguson to return in May 2011.

“Gary is too experienced to let things like that affect him,” Ferguson added.

“He will treat it like just another game. He’s been around a long time and had a lot of success.”

Posh winger Jon Taylor is expected to start training on February 6. He will have an outside chance of returning to the squad for the home League One match with Gillingham on February 10.

Taylor has continued his rehabilitation from a knee injury at the FA centre at St George’s Park this week. Posh hope to send long-term injury victim Jack Baldwin there soon.

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