FERGIE SO PROUD!
. . . delighted boss insists the job is only half done
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.
Picture: ALAN STORER