POSH SPECIAL: How can Peterborough United join the promotion race?

Marcus Maddison will be a key manif Posh are to challenge for League One honours. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com

Marcus Maddison will be a key manif Posh are to challenge for League One honours. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com

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So what have we learnt from the first 10 games of the League One season?

1) Three managers in the first nine League One matches is obviously far from ideal, but Graham Westley must now be given time to stamp his authority on a side in desperate need of strong leadership. He will certainly provide that and the unlikely partnership of Westley and McCann just has to work....

Jack Baldwin (right) is almost ready for a first-team return. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jack Baldwin (right) is almost ready for a first-team return. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

2)...and it will if the pair continue to get the sort of performances that Marcus Maddison has delivered in the last couple of matches. The penny appears to have dropped with Maddison regarding the need for hard work to accompany his undoubted natural ability. He is the best attacking talent in the Posh squad by far...

3) ... so it’s important he isn’t sold at the first opportunity if Posh are serious about a promotion push...

4) ...so more fans through the gates would help. Only 4,200 turned up at the ABAX on Tuesday night, a remarkable drop of 1,600 on the previous home game, despite a run of three games unbeaten and a new manager in charge...

5) ...and Westley has seen his side score four goals in two matches which is positive progress, but they will have to improve on the defensive display they delivered against Bury. Ricardo Santos is inconsistent, Gaby Zakuani, while still decent, is not the force of old so Jack Baldwin’s return from injury can’t come soon enough. At his best he will walk into this side...

6)... and then Posh can realistically climb the League One table. Bury looked an excellent side, but the rest of the teams Posh have played have been ordinary compared to the top League One sides of recent seasons. The Posh vintage of 2011 would walk this division by a dozen points.