Posh boss insists the fifth promotion of his career is the most satisfying

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson reckons a promotion achieved in barely believable circumstances today (May 1) was the best of his outstanding career.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 9:49 pm
Peterborough United Manager Darren Ferguson celebrates winning promotion with Dan Butler. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Peterborough United Manager Darren Ferguson celebrates winning promotion with Dan Butler. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

A 3-3 draw against Lincoln City from 3-0 down at the Weston Homes Stadium delivered a fourth Posh promotion for Ferguson and a fifth in his career.

A controversial penalty awarded for a foul on Sammie Szmodics gave Jonson Clarke-Harris the chance to complete the comeback in the 96th minute and end a run of eight seasons in League One.

Ferguson said: “It’s absolutely incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it.

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Jonson Clarke-Harris of Peterborough United celebrates scoring the goal that earns Peterborough United promotion to Sky Bet Championship. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

“This club means so much to me and there is no doubt this is the best promotion I’ve ever had.

“I don’t mind admitting I got quite emotional after such a tough couple of seasons. We worked too hard for it to blow it.

“I had all sorts going through my mind at 3-0 down, but what a bunch of players I have.

“To do what they did in a game of such magnitude is absolutely fantastic.

Jonson Clarke-Harris of Peterborough United in action against Lincoln City - Mandatory by-line: Joe Dent/JMP - 01/05/2021 - FOOTBALL - Weston Homes Stadium - Peterborough, England - Peterborough United v Lincoln City - Sky Bet League One

“I always felt we could come back if we just got one goal. We did that and then after the second goal I thought we would go on to win it, never mind draw.

“That didn’t happen and we ended up hoping for one more chance. When it came I knew Jonson was going to score.

“The boy has been an unbelievable signing. To smash the penalty in the way he did under that much pressure was brilliant.

“We’re in the Championship again and we’ll be trying our best to stay there.”