Midfielder Erhun Oztumer insists he and his Peterborough United teammates have lost their confidence, but not their self-belief.
Oztumer made his full Posh debut in last weekend’s disappointing FA Cup defeat at Colchester.
The 1-0 reverse means Posh have lost six of their last eight competitive matches. A League One play-off place is now their only hope of salvaging a season that started with so much promise. The road to redemption starts at Leyton Orient on Saturday when Oztumer hopes to retain his place at the tip of a midfield diamond.
“I hope I am slowly proving that I can play at League One level,” Oztumer stated.
“It’s been tough for me so far mainly because of the injury I picked up in pre-season which meant it took me a while to become as fit as the other players. The result was disappointing, but I felt I did well. I was surprised to play the full 90 minutes and that can only do me some good.
“We are having a bad run of results and everyone was distraught last weekend because it was a game we did not deserve to lose.
“We are short of confidence, but not of self-belief. We know we have a lot of ability in the dressing room and there are still plenty of points to play for. Obviously we need to start winning as soon as possible and Orient would be a good place to start. The play-offs and promotion is still very much our aim and I hope to play a big part in that.
“Playing in a midfield diamond suits me. I want to create chances and score goals and playing behind two strikers gives me the best chance of doing that.
“The more I play in the team, the better I will be. Me and the rest of the team still need to get used to each other.”
Posh are three points outside the play-off places, 11 points adrift of the automatic promotion slots and eight points clear of the relegation zone.