Positive Posh ready for second-half promotion push

Shaun Brisley (right) is back in the Posh squad for the game against Colchester. Jon Taylor (left) remains doubtful.
Shaun Brisley (right) is back in the Posh squad for the game against Colchester. Jon Taylor (left) remains doubtful.
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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson insists his refreshed and rejuvenated squad are primed to launch a League One promotion push in the second half of the season.

Ferguson has promised a positive approach from his players starting with tomorrow’s (January 10) League One clash with struggling Colchester United at The ABAX Stadium.

The manager and his squad have just spent five days in a Marbella training camp when plotting a way out of a dreadful run of form was the priority. Posh have taken just five points from their last 10 League One matches and are now 11th in the table, albeit just two points outside the play-offs places.

Posh haven’t scored in their last three home League One home matches. They haven’t scored first in a home game since the 1-0 win over Fleetwood on September 27.

“In some seasons we would have been much further behind with the record we have,” Ferguson admitted. “The top four have shot clear, but the rest of us have been inconsistent so any team who now puts together a strong run of results will have a great chance of getting into that top six.

“We are determined that will be us. The timing of our our break in Spain was very good as it’s given us a chance to get the lads together and go over what we need to do in the second half of the season.

“We will be very positive before and during games for a start. I have to find a way to get my most creative players on the pitch and we then need to start games on the front foot and get after teams, especially at home where out form hasn’t been good.

“We will take the positives from the second half of our last game against Doncaster and the positives from our time in Spain together and take that into what is a very important month for us all.

“We can’t look beyond Colchester just now, but there’s no getting away from the fact that January is a big month.”

It’s a sixth meeting between Posh and Colchester in the last 17 months tomorrow. Ferguson should have left-back Kgosi Ntlhe fit again, but winger John Taylor remains doubtful with a knee injury.

Ferguson revealed that they won’t be making any loan signings until they have shipped one or two more players out. Youngsters Tom Conlon and Michael Richens joined Stevenage on a permanent basis this week, while goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik has moved to League Two side York on loan until the end of the season.

Central defender Shaun Brisley has returned to Posh following a loan spell at League One rivals Scunthorpe and goes straight back into the squad for the Colchester match.

Centre-back Gaby Zakuani will miss most of January at least after gaining selection for the DR Congo squad contesting the African Nations Cup. DR Congo open their campaign against Zambia on January 18.