Players are determined to take the play-off push to the wire

Dave Norris in action against Walsall. Photo: David Lowndes

Dave Norris in action against Walsall. Photo: David Lowndes

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The Posh players are determined to take their League One play-off pursuit into the last game of the season.

A run of two defeats and a draw without scoring a goal has left Posh with the proverbial mountain to climb going into the final five matches of the season.

But midfielder David Norris insists Posh still have a decent chance of finishing in the top six.

Norris, who started just his third game for Posh in Monday’s 0-0 home draw with Walsall since moving to the club in February, believes a win at Swindon this Saturday shouldn’t be ruled out.

“We’ve won at good sides before in recent weeks,” Norris stated. “We won at Sheffield United and Doncaster who were right up there challenging so we can certainly win at Swindon.

“It’s a tough game obviously, but we just have to give everything on Saturday and in the four games after that and see where we end up.

“I’m sure that if we win all five of our remaining games then we will finish in a play-off place.

“There are bound to be twists and turns before the end of the season. There will be shock defeats for strong sides and great results for struggling sides and we just need to make sure we are on the right end of our results.

“We have to stay in touch and hope that there is something to play for on the final day of the season.

“There is nothing worse for a professional footballer than to have nothing to play for in the final three or four games so we all want to take the season to the wire.

“We have had a bad little run, but we’ve still looked quite solid.

“We haven’t been creating many chances, but we’ve probably been creating enough to win games.

“Against Walsall there were a couple of crosses that flew across their penalty area and a couple of shots that needed saving.”

Norris (34) has other reasons to want to impress in the final month of the season.

He was signed by former Posh boss Darren Ferguson and his contract runs only until the end of the season.

That makes him more vulnerable than most in a week when chairman Darragh MacAnthony has stated he will be keeping a beady eye on the squad with the immediate future in mind.

The fact that current manager Dave Robertson might be asked to leave his npost could also be an issue for a player born and raised in Peterborough.

“I’m not just playing for my future at Peterborough,” Norris added.

“I’m playing for my future in football full stop.

“I’ve had to be patient here and wait for my chance, but I’ve enjoyed it so far.

“I’d like to stay. I have friends and family here so staying here would be great for me.

“It’s not my decision to make, but what I can to is help to make that decision by playing well and helping the team to win some games.”

Norris is a former pupil of Jack Hunt School in the city.

He played in the Peterborough Sunday Morning League for pub side Lord Westwood when he was 16.