. . . de­lighted boss in­sists the job is only half done

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

Posh boss de­light as Boyd sinks For­est but he de­mands 50 points :

PROUD Posh boss Dar­ren Ferguson is de­lighted with his side’s po­si­tion half-way through the Cham­pi­onship sea­son, but he’s adamant that the job is only half done.

The 1-0 win at Not­ting­ham For­est on Box­ing Day moved Posh up to 13th place in the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble, Ge­orge Boyd re­turn­ing to haunt his old club with the only goal of the game to se­cure backto-back wins and suc­ces­sive clean sheets for a patched-up Posh team.

On-loan mid­fielder Ryan Tun­ni­cliffe, who failed to re­cover from a dead leg suf­fered in the re­cent win over Coven­try, joined skip­per Grant Mc­cann, mid­fielder Lee Freck­ling­ton and right-back Mark Lit­tle on the in­jury list, while for­ward Lee Tom­lin was only fit enough for a place on the sub­sti­tutes’ bench at For­est.

Tom­lin was joined on the bench by youth team player Dan Lawlor,

Ferguson’s men have picked up 31 points in the first half of the sea­son and are now 10 points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and just five points off a play-off place, but the man­ager still has just one aim in mind.

“Fifty points is my only tar­get,” Ferguson in­sisted, “Once we get there we can have dif­fer­ent am­bi­tions, but for now it’s just a case of pick­ing up as many points as pos­si­ble as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“It’s been a very pleas­ing first half of the sea­son though. We are ahead of sched­ule with 31 points at the half-way point, but we can’t re­lax and we cer­tainly can’t let our stan­dards drop or teams will pun­ish us at this level.

“We have plenty of en­cour­ag­ing signs though. For such a young side we have done par­tic­u­larly well in the last two games.

“We’re not quite down to the bare bones, but I did nearly name my­self as a sub­sti­tute, so to play as well as we did at For­est was very sat­is­fy­ing.

“We were per­haps for­tu­nate to beat Coven­try, but we were com­fort­able against For­est. Keep­ing that first clean sheet has given us a lot of con­fi­dence de­fen­sively and the boys at the back and the goal­keeper were out­stand­ing on Box­ing Day,

“The cen­tre-halves have been ex­cel­lent all sea­son, but we’ve done plenty of work with our full-backs as well. Some of the po­si­tions Craig Al­cock takes up are first-class.”

Posh now face a tough trip to third-placed Mid­dles­brough on New Year’s Eve fol­lowed by a home game against Birm­ing­ham on Jan­uary 2.

Box­ing Day match-win­ner Boyd said: “It’s a tough sched­ule and the lads were out on their feet af­ter the For­est game be­cause we all put so much into the match.

“But we will all be ready to go again on Satur­day.”

There is no chance of Mc­cann, Lit­tle or Freck­ling­ton be­ing in­volved at Mid­dles­brough. Freck­ling­ton broke down in train­ing on Christ­mas Eve and now faces a her-

THANKS FOR YOUR SUP­PORT: Posh boss Dar­ren Ferguson and his play­ers salute the fans af­ter the Box­ing Day win.


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