It’s Fergie time to en­joy a good run

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

Dar­ren Fer­gu­son is adamant it’s about time Posh had a de­cent FA Cup run un­der his man­age­ment.

Posh­havenotven­tured­past the third round since their League Two days in the 200708sea­son­whenCham­pi­onship club Colch­ester were among their vic­tims.

They have been un­lucky to be drawn against Pre­mier League clubs in the third round in each of the last four sea­sons and fate has handed them an­other one against a fad­ing Nor­wich side this Satur­day.

Fer­gu­son is un­der no il­lu­sions about the task fac­ing his un­der- strength side, but he is con­vinced they can test ‘ The Ca­naries’ even with­out Gaby Zakuani ( in­ter­na­tional duty), DwightGayle( cup- tied) andLee Tom­lin ( sus­pended).

Fer­gu­son said: “Nor­wich are hav­ing a really good sea­son so we will be up against it, but it will be good to play with­out toomuch­pres­sure­forachange.

“Any­way it’s high time we had a good cup run.

“We’ve never really had one in­my­timeatthe­clubandI’dlike that to change.

“We have a very tough tie. but it should be a big crowd so we are look­ing for­ward to it.”

Posh will wel­come back two pop­u­lar ex- play­ers to Lon­don Road on Satur­day.

De­fend­ers Rus­sell Martin and Ryan Ben­net­tboth­en­joyed pro­mo­tion- win­ning­cam­paigns with Posh.

Sadly nei­ther was made avail­able for in­ter­view by their cur­rent club be­fore the week­endgame, but Fer­gu­son­has­de­scribed his de­ci­sion to let Martin leave Posh for Car­row Road in­Novem­ber2009ashis­biggest man­age­rial re­gret.

Fer­gu­son said: “Russ was an out­stand­ing cap­tain for us when­we­won­pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship and he was one of the most con­sis­tent play­ers in the team

“We didn’t start the fol­low­ing sea­son very well, but I should have stuck with Russ rather than loan­ing hin out to Nor­wich. It’s worked out great for him though and I couldn’t be hap­pier be­cause he is a top bloke as well as a very good player.”

Martin scored one­goal in 69 Posh ap­pear­ances.

Ben­nett scored six times in 100 ap­pear­ances for the club.”

Former Posh skip­per Rus­sell Martin ( on ground) is back at Lon­don Road on Satur­day.

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