A repeat result against the dreaded Dons PLEASE

Posh players celebrate their League One play-off win over MK Dons in 2011.
Posh players celebrate their League One play-off win over MK Dons in 2011.
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Posh can beat MK Dons at stadium:mk on Saturday if they recapture the spirit of May 2011.

Posh have enjoyed some great moments at the expense of their fiercest League One rivals in recent years.

Last season Posh beat Dons home and away in League One and in May 2011 they reached the League One play-off final (and ultimately promotion to the Championship) by seeing off a club that owe their place in the Football League to a takeover and a relocation rather than club development and promotions.

The likes of George Boyd, Craig Mackail-Smith, Lee Tomlin and Grant McCann became Posh heroes that night after overturning a 3-2 deficit from the first leg.

But MK Dons now have their strongest squad for many seasons and currently sit second in the League One table, eight places and 18 points ahead of Posh. They are the top scorers in the division.

It’s a game Posh need to win after their 2-0 defeat at League One top dogs Bristol City on Tuesday.

And Posh boss Darren Ferguson is relishing the occasion as well as the challenge.

“The tough games are coming thick and fast, but I like that,” Ferguson stated.

“I prefer these sort of games. It’s usually a good football match against MK Dons and we usually have great support.

“The most important thing is to win though and we have a good recent record against MK Dons and that’s something we want to continue.

“But, like Bristol City and Swindon, MK are having a great season though so it’s a tough game for us.”

Ferguson was hoping to add a loan signing to his squad before Saturday.

Posh had sold 950 tickets for Saturday’s match at close of business yesterday (Wednesday).

A very young Posh Development XI were beaten 6-0 at Gillingham yesterday.