Fer­gu­son keeps his cards close to chest

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jonathan Green To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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

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