Ferguson keeps his cards close to chest
DARREN Ferguson says he already knows his lineup for next week’s play-off first-leg against Leyton Orient after his much changed Peterborough side drew with Port Vale.
Kyle Vassell, one of eight changes for Posh, missed the game’s best chance when he shot straight at Sam Johnson after being put through.
The hosts wasted a series of opportunities to secure a fifth consecutive home win and Ferguson admitted they were too flat at times.
“I felt the team I picked was one that was good enough to win but we didn’t have enough energy in the first half which was disappointing,” Ferguson said.
“Second half there was a lot more energy and tempo, we played on the front foot and I felt we should’ve won the game.
“Leyton Orient were probably the best opposition we’ve had at this place and they were really going strongly at the time. When we went to their place I thought we played really well so it will be a really tough game.
“I enjoy the play-offs. I was glad we secured the spot at Shrewsbury as it gave me a week to prepare and I know exactly what team I’m going to play.”
In a tight first half, Peterborough’s Grant McCann and Josh McQuoid went close while Jennison Myrie-Williams tested home goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik from 12 yards before Vassell’s miss.
Peterborough improved after the break but could not find the elusive goal with substitute Joe Newell having a header saved and McQuoid seeing a shot deflect wide.
Myrie-Williams almost made the home side pay when he intercepted McCann’s pass deep in the Peterborough half but he shot wildly over.
The result means Port Vale finish ninth with 61 points and manager Micky Adams insists he will decide his future in the coming weeks.
“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved at the club and I think I can walk away, if I do walk away, with my head held high,” Adams said. “All I was waiting for was an offer from the chairman and he’s done that now – it’s in writing and with my solicitor and I will study it.
“I’ve been open and honest with him and said there are one or two people that want to work with me as well.
“I’d like to thank the supporters for all their support and I hope this is not goodbye.
“The boys have been a real credit to the football club. At the beginning of the season we were written off in some quarters as relegation fodder.”
STAR MAN JOSH MCQUO