Oztumer interview: A chance to prove Posh are a top team

Erhun Oztumer applauds the Posh fans after his match-winning performance at Leyton Orient. Photo: Joe Dent/www.theposh.com

Erhun Oztumer applauds the Posh fans after his match-winning performance at Leyton Orient. Photo: Joe Dent/www.theposh.com

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New club hero Erhun Oztumer believes Peterborough United will prove they belong in the League One promotion race by beating third-placed Preston at The ABAX Stadium on Saturday.

Oztumer’s winning goal at Leyton Orient last weekend - a stunning strike from a 20-yard free-kick on his full Football League debut - kept Posh in touch with the top six.

Posh are still however 11 points off a top two spot, but Oztumer believes that’s a gap that can still be bridged.

The midfielder said: “The play-off places are our first target, but if we can string five or six wins together we would soon find ourselves close to the top two.

“We shouldn’t give up as the season is not at the halfway stage yet and if we can beat Preston that would prove we are good enough.

“It won’t be easy as we all know that Preston are a really good League One side, but the lads have been buzzing this week.

“Everyone is now on a high and all of a sudden the games can’t come quickly enough.”

It’s taken a while for Oztumer to get his chance in the first team, but Posh boss Darren Ferguson reckons his new man can score 10 goals this season.

Oztumer will have a go, but for the moment his personal priorities are to stay in the side and help Posh get crowd-pleasing results.

“If I play against Preston it will be my first start at home,” Oztumer added.

“I was very proud to score a good goal that turned out to be a winning goal last week, but I have to keep my standards high now just to stay in the side.

“The manager has told me I can score 10 goals and I wlll try to do that and contribute a few assists.

“I think I will be on the shoter-range free-kicks with Marcus Maddison on the ones from further out so hopefully I will be able to score a few more.

“I’ve watched my goal back about 20 times so far!

“I’d like to score some goals to ease the burden on the strikers, but most importantly I want to help the team win some more games.

“The lads have all been talking this week about putting on a performance for our fans against Preston as the last two displays at home weren’t the best.

“If we play well again we have a chance of winning again.”