Posh preview: Result all that matters says Fergie

Posh boss Darren Ferguson.
Posh boss Darren Ferguson.
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Manager Darren Ferguson admits the result is all that matters as Peterborough United attempt to climb out of their slump on Sunday (December 7)

Posh travel to another out-of-form League One team, Colchester United, for an FA Cup second round clash (4.30pm).

Ferguson’s side have collected only one point from a possible 18 while in freefall recently, but he is adamant they have trained well ahead of the televised trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Ferguson said: “It has been a good week. We had a brief chat the day after the Bristol City game last Friday and we have worked the lads hard since.

“They have responded well and we have tried to remind the players of the good things they were doing earlier in the season, rather than what has happened in the more recent games.

“I regularly find myself saying that we have trained well during the week, but we need to start taking that into games.

“Our results and performances have not been good enough of late. You hope the two things mirror each other, but at this current moment in time it is all about winning a game of football and gradually building ourselves back up.

“It is a match involving two teams going through a similar vein of form. We haven’t won any of our last six leagues games and Colchester have lost their last four.

“They are also very similar to ourselves in that they have a lot of good young players. I may well be correct in saying their budget for their youth set-up is bigger than the one for their first-team which sets a precedent.”

Colchester boss Tony Humes is well-known to Ferguson. He held a coaching position at Wrexham when Ferguson played at the Welsh club.

Attacking talent Marcus Maddison is ‘doubtful’ for the game according to Ferguson. He took another knock to his ankle during his return from a month-long lay-off against Bristol City and is also laid low by illness.

Craig Mackail-Smith does not have permission from parent club Brighton to play while Harry Beautyman is cup-tied, but Ferguson still has plenty of striking options.

And he has again insisted that summer recruit Erhun Oztumer is in his thinking after a promising showing as a substitute in the 3-0 defeat against table-topping City.