Yeovil v Posh preview: Ferguson plans shake-up

Gaby Zakuani could make his return for Posh after injury tonight. Picture: Ben Davis/Peterborough ET
Gaby Zakuani could make his return for Posh after injury tonight. Picture: Ben Davis/Peterborough ET
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Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson wants his team to be winners first and entertainers second for the rest of the League One season.

Posh travel to Yeovil Town in League 1 on Tuesday 15th February, kick-off 7.45pm

Match updates at peterboroughtoday.co.uk/poshlive and via Twitter @etposh using #pufc hashtag

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Ferguson is expected to make several changes to his starting line-up in tonight’s fixture at Yeovil (7.45pm). He will still send the players out to be positive in the first of three fixtures in eight days, but he is demanding more care and attention is paid to defensive duties.

Star central defender Gaby Zakuani is expected to return tonight after a six-game absence with a shoulder injury.

Defender Grant Basey could also make his debut, while skipper Grant McCann and midfielders James Wesolowski and Arron Davies plus winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing could all be called up.

Ferguson said: “At the end of the day this game is all about getting results. We won’t stop going forward and being positive, but we have to do better defensively.

“I’d rather be in charge of a winning team than one that is known for great entertainment, but I believe we can do both.

“I was very frustrated after Saturday’s defeat at Charlton because we played so well. I did criticise the defending, but I didn’t just mean the defenders as we had midfielders to blame for the goals we conceded.

“We must defend better as a team, but we must not lose sight of the fact that we look like scoring plenty of goals as well.

“It might be a good time to freshen the team up a bit because we have three games in the next week. There are players who are champing at the bit for a game.

“It’s a massive week for us. We have three games which we can win if we play at our best. If we do collect nine points it will set us up nicely for the rest of the season.

“It won’t be easy tonight though. Yeovil have good players and are tough to crack at home, but we will go there confident and if we do reproduce the good stuff from Saturday’s match we can certainly win.

“In fact the Brighton game aside, we could easily have won every game since my return. Things will soon turn in our favour if we stay positive and confident.”

Posh are ninth going into tonight’s game and need to win to have any chance of returning to the play-off places.

Posh follow tonight’s match with home games against Tranmere (Saturday) and Colchester (Tuesday, Feb 22)

Squads:

Posh - Lewis, Little, Kennedy, Langmead, Bennett, Lee, Whelpdale, Rowe, Boyd, Mackail-Smith, Tomlin, Jones, Basey, Mendez-Laing, Zakuani, Davies, McCann, Ball, Frecklington.

Yeovil - Henderson, Ayling, Huntingdon, Ehmer, Smith, Tutte, Upson, Wotton, S. Williams, Johnson, A. Williams, Martin, Alcock, Russell, Calver, Virgo, German, Gibson.