Fergie reminds sceptical supporters the League One title remains in Peterborough United’s hands and he claims his side ‘annihilated’ Hull City in the first half of Tuesday’s match
Defiant manager Darren Ferguson has reminded sceptical supporters that the League One title is still in Posh’s hands.
Successive defeats have dropped Posh to second in the League One table, three points behind last night’s (March 9) conquerors Hull City.
But Posh still have two games in hand on ‘the Tigers’ although the chasing pack are also rapidly closing in on Ferguson’s men.
“The title is still in our hands,” Ferguson insisted. “If we take care of our business there is nothing anyone else can do and if anyone had offered us that position with 13 games to go, I’d have snatched their hands off.
“It’s a long time since we were in a position like this and that’s worth remembering.
“We need to stay calm and the supporters need to remain patient. We have had a couple of big disappointments, but we remain in a great position.
“We get a Saturday off now so we can refresh the players physically and mentally before we take on Portsmouth (March 16, Weston Homes Stadium). The players will take a couple of days off and we will return ready to fight on.
“Every team has had ups and downs and that will remain the case. Hull have just won four on the bounce after winning just once in six matches. We won six in a row and now we haven’t won in three games. This will keep happening to teams so expect plenty more twists until the end of the season.
“But if we take our first-half form from the Hull match into the rest of the season we will have a right chance of going up. They couldn’t live with us in the opening quarter. We annihilated them.
“We could have scored in the first minute and we could have been 3-0 up before they scored from their first visit to our penalty area. They hardly laid a glove on us in the first-half.”
Hull will go six points clear of Posh if they beat play-off chasing Oxford at home on Saturday (March 13). Third-placed Lincoln will move above Posh if they beat rock-bottom Rochdale at Sincil Bank.
Hull like their position. The Tigers now have just one midweek match left this season whereas Posh have another four Tuesday matches as well as two games in four days over Easter, including an Easter Monday clash with rapidly-improving Sunderland at the Weston Homes Stadium.
Posh are just two points clear of the fourth-placed Wearsiders who don’t play in League One again until travelling to Accrington next Wednesday (March 17).