Posh are on the up thanks to their great fes­tive form

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Posh Review Of The Year - By Alan­swann

Dar­ren Fer­gu­son saluted his Posh play­ers for de­liv­er­ing a su­perb run of re­sults in a hec­tic fes­tive fix­ture list. Posh beat Barnsley 2- 1 at Lon­don Road on New Year’s Day to make it four wins from the last five Cham­pi­onship matches.

Posh were bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble at the start of that run, but they have now­moved­out­oftherel­e­ga­tion zone for the first time since the end of Oc­to­ber.

Fer­gu­son said: “I knew we had to go on a run to even give us a chance of get­ting out of trou­ble.

“And­tode­liver it against the qual­ity of teams we have had to face is a great ef­fort by my play­ers.

“All credit to them be­cause this time of year is tir­ing phys­i­cally and men­tally, but all we have done so far is give our­selves a chance.

“It’s pleas­ing that we are out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, but I don’t really take that much no­tice of league po­si­tions at this time of the sea­son.

“For me right now it’s all about points and for us to have 25 points af­ter 26 games when we lost our first seven matches is very sat­is­fy­ing.

“We still need an­other eight wins from 20 matches to get to my safety tar­get and that won’t be easy, but con­sid­er­ing the start we had, we are now in a de­cent po­si­tion. I never doubted the char­ac­ter ora­bil­ity in thesquad and they have proved me right in re­cent weeks.”

The only set­back in the re­cent Posh run was last Satur­day’s 4- 2 de­feat at Bris­tol City when Fer­gu­son’s men were 1- 0 down and a mandown­in­side 11 min­utes as Lee Tom­lin was dis­missed.

Posh didn’t play at all well again­stBarnsleyei­ther, butFer­gu­son was im­pressed with his side’s re­solve and spirit.

Fer­gu­son added: “I’ve seen us win games against Cardiff and Bolton by play­ing fan­tas­tic foot­ball and now I’ve seen us win a game­by­dig­ging in and fight­ing.

“My three cen­tre- backs ( Shaun Bris­ley, Gaby Zakuani and Michael Bost­wick) were mag­nif­i­cent against Barnsley and they had to be as we couldn’t get out of our own half in the sec­ond- half. I would have been happy with a draw the way the sec­ond­half panned out, but the boys drove for­ward one more time­and­pinchedalatewin­ner.

“It wasn’t the best of per­for­mances, but it was a huge win for us.”

De­feats for rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Bris­tol City and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day­helpedliftPoshout of the bot­tom three.

They are now in 21st place, ahead­ofWed­nes­day­on­goald­if­fer­ence.

Posh are next in Cham­pi­onship ac­tion at Not­ting­ham For­est on Jan­uary 12.

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