Posh boss insists his side won’t be taking a backwards step at Blackpool, or for the rest of the season

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson insists his side won’t take a backwards step between now and the end of the League One season.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 8:09 am
Posh boss Darren Ferguson in the stands at Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

A draw at bang in-form Blackpool in a League One fixture at Bloomfield Road tonight (March 23, 7pm) has been touted as a decent result by some, but Ferguson is only interested in collecting three points.

A win would take second-placed Posh level on points with leaders Hull City, but a win for Blackpool would take them into a play-off place for the first time this season.

Posh blew a great chance to close the gap on Hull on Saturday when throwing away a 2-0 lead at Rochdale before settling for a 3-3 draw.

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Harrison Burrows (right).

“In every game as a manager I have sent my team out to win,” Ferguson insisted. “And that isn’t going to change now. We are determined to remain positive for the final 11 games. It’s an attitude that’s enabled us to have a great 20 months and now it’s a question of finishing it off.

“Saturday was two points dropped, but I’ve calmed down now. I’ve taken the emotion out of things and our focus is fully on a big game at Blackpool tonight.

“It’s obviously a tough game against a well organised side in great form. The sheer volume of players they signed pre-season made me think they would be stronger at the end of the season than the beginning and that’s what’s happened.

“They showed what a good side they are when they beat us at our place, but we are determined to take the game to them and go all out for three points. We certainly won’t be going up there hoping we draw.

“It’s as big a game for them as it is for us. It’s a game in hand for both of us. We will have to play well to win. We will certainly have to do certain things a lot better than we did on Saturday.”

Teenage midfielder Harrison Burrows is expected to return to the Posh squad after missing the Rochdale match with a hamstring issue.