Attack will be the best form of defence for Peterborough United as they seek a promotion point against Lincoln City
Posh will adopt an aggressive approach to gain the point they need to secure automatic promotion from League One on Saturday (May 1).
A home draw against sole rivals Lincoln City (3pm kick off) would send Posh to the Championship, but manager Darren Ferguson believes his side’s usual attacking style remains the best way forward.
On-loan Huddersfield midfielder Reece Brown should be back in the matchday squad after recovering from a minor hamstring problem.
“We are not a team that can defend and play for a draw,” Ferguson said.
“That’s not to say we will just be gung ho, but we will try and get on the front foot and take the game to Lincoln.
“That’s when we are at our best and we will need to be at our best to beat a very good Lincoln side.
“There’s a lot at stake for both sides. We need a point to go up and Lincoln still need a point to be certain of making the play-offs. I might ring (Lincoln manager) Michael Appleton beforehand and suggest a draw!
“But in all seriousness we are playing a team who have been around the top of the table all season, who have good quality and an excellent away record. You have to respect a side like that.
“I have watched their last two games against Hull and Shrewsbury and they saw a lot of the ball in both. I wouldn’t expect them to get after us early on. I expect them to try and stay in the game and hope we get nervy. They will be nervous as well though.
“The nerves come with the pressure at the business end of a season and you have to find a way of dealing with it and I’m very confident we will.
“We didn’t get the result we wanted (against Doncaster) on Tuesday and we have only picked up one point from our last two home matches, but we still have the best home record in the division and we want to finish off in style.
“We will certainly need to do certain things better than we did on Tuesday and we need to stay strong and together if we are to get the job done on Saturday.”
Brown can expect to start if fit with Louis Reed dropping down to the substitutes’ bench.
Posh started with wingbacks when gaining a creditable 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank in January and Ferguson could be tempted to go that way again to try and stop an excellent technical side passing through them in central areas.