Middlesbrough manager reckons there will be no pressure on his injury-ravaged side when they tackle Peterborough United, Fergie’s admiration for Neil Warnock, Posh’s dreadful record in this fixture, big match odds and popular referee in charge at the Riverside
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock believes his team’s inury crisis is now so bad the pressure is off his team ahead of tomorrow’s Championship clash with Peterborough United at the Riverside (October 16, 3pm).
Boro were already without a plethora of senior players even before highly-regarded wing-back Marc Bola pulled out because of injury this morning.
“It’s been a nightmare to be honest,” Warnock, who was heckled by a small section of Boro’s support as they slipped to defeat against struggling Hull last time out, said. “I though Bola would be okay for Saturday and I thought Anfernee Dijksteel might be okay also, but they can’t play through the pain barrier.
“It’s strange not knowing what your team will be from week to week, but that’s how it goes sometimes. No matter who plays we will make sure we go out there and enjoy ourselves. In a way the pressure is off us.
“Football feels cruel at the moment to me the way things are going. But that’s why I’m still in the game. You’ve got to bounce back.”
Warnock is a multiple promotion winner from the Championship, but has found it tough at Boro since taking over 16 months ago, but Posh boss Darren Ferguson remains a fan.
“Neil’s record is outstanding,” Ferguson said. “And you have to admire the fact he still has that same enthusiasm for the game and he demands the same from his players. He will have them fired up. He’s still barking at referees as well!
“I have only come up against him a couple of times, but I have full respect for his career.”
PAST POSH AT BORO Posh haven’t won in their five previous Football League visits to Middlesbrough.
They have drawn three times though including 0-0 on their last visit towards the end of the dramatic Championship season of 2012-13.
Posh: Olejnik, Little, Alcock, Zakuani, Knight-Percival, Rowe, Newell, Ferdinand, Payne, Tomlin, Gayle. Subs used: McCann, Swanson.
Tommy Rowe’s late goal secured a 1-1 Championship draw for Posh the previous season and it was also 1-1 in 1993 as Dominic Iorfa scored for Posh in a Division One game.
Posh are 7/2 to win at injury-ravaged Boro with Sky Bet tomorrow with the hosts marked up at 3/4 and the draw at 5/2.
Posh are now even money favourites with the same firm to be relegated from the Championship. Hull (13/8) and Barnsley (15/8) are next, although Derby and Reading are not listed as they are still awaiting news on possible points deductions
Posh get to see referee John Busby tomorrow for the first time since he made a remarkable penalty decision in favour of Sammie Szmodics in the crunch League One promotion battle against Lincoln City at London Road. Posh converted the 96th-minute spot-kick to seal a 3-3 draw and second place. Busby was also promoted to the Championship at the end of last season.