Posh aim to burn down Forest
DARREN Ferguson and his Posh players are licking their lips ahead of a fiendishly tough festive period.
Ferguson leads his men into Boxing Day battle at the City Ground against struggling Nottingham Forest (3pm kickoff) to launch a testing run of Championship matches that will take the club into 2012.
A New Year’s Eve trip to Middlesbrough follows next Saturday before Birmingham City visit London Road on January 2.
But it is the clash with lowly Forest, who have slumped into the Championship relegation zone, that is the sole focus of attention currently.
Ferguson said: “We have a hard run of games ahead but being involved in matches against clubs of the stature of Forest, Middlesbrough and Birmingham is why we worked so hard to get back into this league.
“In fact I don’t think we could get many better games on Boxing Day than Forest away. It’s a relatively short journey over there and I’m sure we’ll have a good following.
“Retaining possession of the ball and frustrating Forest will be key to getting a result there.
“They are on a bad run and we have to put them under pressure and try to make their fans uneasy.
“If you look at Forest’s squad you certainly wouldn’t expect them to be in their current position, but they are down there for a reason.
“They haven’t scored in five games and hopefully by 5pm on Monday that run will have been extended to six matches.
“Forest tend to go with a 44-2 system at home and I fully expect them to operate with wingers against us.
“Being on a bad run can affect you mentally regardless of your ability. I’m sure everyone will still expect them to beat little old Peterborough but we’ll be doing our utmost to ensure that’s not the case.”
While the club’s Boxing Day fixture received the thumbs- up, the fixture planners weren’t so kind to the Posh faithful when handing them a lengthy trip to Teesside next Saturday.
Ferguson expects a tough final match of 2011 against a Middlesborough side he rates highly and an equally hard test awaits in their opening outing of next year when Birmingham visit.
He added: “I like the way Middlesbrough play and I think they’re a very good team, while we saw how strong Birmingham can be at their place last month when we came away with an excellent point.
“But I know that if we get it right and play in the correct way, we can hurt any team at this level.”
THUMBS UP: Darren Ferguson is relishing the Posh fixtures over the festive period.