Peterborough United manager Graham Westley insists his side are not far from being a top League One club...even though their record against the best in the division is awful.
Saturday’s (October 31) 3-2 defeat at Coventry means that Posh have picked up just five points from nine matches against teams currently in the top half of the League One table.
Posh have beaten seventh-placed Millwall 5-3 at the ABAX Stadium and claimed creditable home 1-1 draws against table toppers Walsall and third-placed Gillingham. They’ve been beaten by Burton (second), Coventry (fourth), Wigan (fifth), Bury (sixth), Sheffield United (eighth) and Southend (11th).
Posh are currently 12th - six points off the play-off places - having picked up 16 points from seven matches against teams in the bottom half of League One. Posh travel to Burton Albion for a first round FA Cup tie on Saturday (November 7) before a friendlier run of League One matches against Fleetwood (home), Crewe (away), Barnsley (home), Scunthorpe (away), Shrewsbury (home) and Blackpool (away) before Christmas - only Scunthorpe are currently above Posh.
Westley said: “We looked a top side when we beat Doncaster (4-0, October 24), but what we must learn is to manage the 90 minutes better, particularly against the better teams. We must all learn from the mistakes we make, me included, and we will then become a top side at this level.
“We are not far away. We have a dressing room full of quality. We are also pulling in the same direction on and off the pitch which is important.
“Our fans were phenomenal at Coventry. I was devastated for them that we lost the game.”
Over 1,300 Posh fans made the trip to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
For the second successive season at the Ricoh Arena, Posh were 2-0 up at half-time before losing.