Peterborough United manager is interested in promotion not records after Posh move into the automatic promotion places with a sixth straight win

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson insists promotion rather than records is all that interests him this season.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 11:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 12:38 am
Posh striker Sammie Szmodics is denied by Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley. Photo: David Lowndes.

Posh made it a stunning six League One wins in a row with 20 goals scored and just two conceded with a 4-0 victory over struggling Southend United at the Weston Homes Stadium tonight (February 11). The last time Posh won six League games in a row was also under Ferguson in the 2013-14.

The win pushed Posh up to second place, just one point behind leaders Rotherham United having played two more games.

Posh took a while to get going tonight scoring all four goals in a one-sided second-half through Ivan Toney (2), Siriki Dembele and Jack Taylor.

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Siriki Dembele in action for Posh against Southend. Photo: David Lowndes.

Toney also delivered the one dark moment by picking up his 10th caution of the season and will now be suspended from tricky away games at Fleetwood on Saturday (February 15) and Burton Albion on February 29.

“I’m delighted with the result,” Ferguson said. “I’d have taken a 95th-minute winner for 1-0 because results are all that matters.

“To win six games in a row in any division is a great effort and to score 20 goals and keep four clean sheets is very impressive.

“The players deserve great credit, but I’m not interested in records or runs, I’m only interested in promotion.

Posh striker Ivan Toney throws himself at the ball in the game against Southend. Photo: David Lowndes.

“We weren’t at our best in the first-half which was a scrappy, bitty, stop-start affair. We became too frustrated too quickly.

“This was a trickier fixture than people realised. The conditions weren’t easy

“But I told the players at half-time just to relax and be patient and once we scored we were very good again.

“The biggest moment in the game was them hitting the post and us going straight down the other end and scoring to take the lead. Things are just going for us at the moment.

“Sometimes in these evening games when the expectation is on you to win the game, the team need to lift the fans, but tonight, the fans were superb in their backing and encouraged the players from the start. They were great and really helped us.

“The players responded in the second half. This win and the victory over Accrington Stanley showed a really good professionalism and mentality.

“Obviously the caution for Ivan was disappointing. The pictures I saw after the game didn’t show much, but if he’s got involved in something that’s disappointing.

“It’s also disappointing he got cautioned for his first foul whereas other players were getting away with four or five fouls.

“I asked him to help win us this game as he can’t play in the next and he did just that. When it went 4-0 I had to take him off and start thinking about Saturday’s match without him.”

Mo Eisa replaced Toney tonight and will be favourite to replace Toney at Fleetwood. Sammie Szmodics picked up a dead leg early in tonight’s game, but is expected to be fit for the weekend.

Posh centre-back Frankie Kent requires a small operation on his knee and will miss between 4-6 weeks.”