Ferguson tells Posh squad: Shut up shop for the run-in

Peterborough United's Mark Little. Picture: Georgi Mabee/Peterborough ET
Peterborough United's Mark Little. Picture: Georgi Mabee/Peterborough ET
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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has told his players to shut up shop during the League One run-in.

The club’s challenge for automatic promotion has stalled while claiming just one win in their past five matches. It is a run of results that Ferguson insists has featured far too many conceded goals.

Now the London Road chief wants to see a return to the miserly ways which laid the foundations for a tilt at the top two.

Posh kept four successive clean sheets in a run of victories from the end of February to mid-March, but have only managed one in the month since.

That won’t be easy though with injuries giving Ferguson a defensive headache. Left-backs Tom Kennedy and Grant Basey are both sidelined while right-back Mark Little also missed the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Centre-back Ryan Bennett is also not 100 per cent after a recent ankle problem but Ferguson is, fitness permitting, likely to select a back-four of Little, Bennett, Gaby Zakuani and Charlie Lee to face relegation battlers Plymouth at London Road on Saturday.

Ferguson said: “We were able to field a settled back four when we were regularly keeping clean sheets, but since then we’ve had to shuffle things around a bit with injuries.

“The injuries have been a pain and something we could have done without, but other clubs are in the same boat. It is irritating, but we can’t make excuses. You just have to get on with it.

“Hopefully we can get back into a position where, all being well, we can select the same lads on a regular basis again.

“We have let in far too many goals lately - especially the two against Bristol Rovers and the three against Bournemouth - and we need to get back to keeping clean sheets as a team.

“The lads were understandably down on Saturday after conceding such a late goal, but I’ve got faith in everyone in my squad and we’ll pick them up again and make sure they are ready for the weekend.”

Ferguson yesterday watched a recording of Posh’s second-half display in Saturday’s draw at the Galpharm Stadium. He was not impressed with he saw.

He added: “I felt we were unlucky not to be more than one goal ahead at half-time, but it became clear watching the video that we were poor in the second half.

“We didn’t keep the ball at all well enough and it wasn’t a good performance.”