OPPOSITION FAN PREVIEW: POSH



After our victory against Oxford, we travel to Peterborough for the mother of all six pointers. We were joined by The Posh's matchday commentator, Sam Edwards, here's what he had to say.


YOUR LAST GAME, A 1-0 WIN FLEETWOOD

"A bit tense, but I think they're all going to be for the rest of the season! In the first half, we started well and had a good chance as Cairns, their keeper, denied Clarke-Harris. After that, we we're pretty much in control but they had two good chances. The goal from Clarke-Harris was so vital, to ensure we didn't lose any ground on yourselves and Hull."


INCONSISTENCIES

"I think, over the last few weeks more than anything else, we can be inconsistent. If the first half is rubbish, the second seems to be electrifying. We only seem to need one good half to win."


HOW COME YOU SCORE SO MUCH?

"We've been really lucky. For the best part of 10 years we've always had a really good striker; Jack Marriot was the top scorer in the league when he played, then Ivan Toney and now we have Johnson Clarke-Harris. The way Peterborough play football just allows strikers who've potentially struggled previously to reach their full potential."


HOW WILL YOU SET-UP?

"We've been alternating between three and four at the back, but I'd imagine we'll start with four as it's worked recently. The way we set up, though, allows us to change without even making a substitution. I'd imagine it will be a 4-2-3-1 with Jack Taylor returning from injury in midfield. I think he should come in, but there are plenty of options. Szmodics will likely be in the middle of Ward and Demble behind Clarke-Harris."


THREATS

"The front three of Szmodics, Demble and Clarke-Harris you should definitely be wary of. Joe Ward tends to be our assist-maker, he has 12 assists in the league and is joint top. Taylor, due to come in, is a very influential midfielder. He can spray a pass and score a cracker from a distance too!"


WEAKNESSES

"What we've suffered the most from is a lack of being street-wise. When we played Portsmouth away back in December, they were always surrounding the referee yet, when Naylor (their midfielder) fouled whilst on a booking, none of them got in his face asking for him to be sent off! It's not that we're mentally weak as we've come from behind seven times this season but we can be out-done with mind games."


YOU RECENTLY LOST 3-1 TO BLACKPOOL, WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG?

"To say The Posh played like a pub-team would be kind to a pub-teams. They were absolutely awful, not being able to string a pass or make a tackle. I think what probably caused it was our mess-up on the Saturday before, throwing a lead away to Rochdale. Against Rochdale, we were looking comfortable at 2-0 and hung onto a 2-1 lead until the 87th minute then went 3-2 down! Our goalkeeper, who is usually great, could have done better with their goals."


WILL YOU GO UP?

"A few games ago, a lot of Posh fans were resigned to finishing in the play-off spots. I think Sunderland are favourites to go up, but I really can't call it! I'll stick my neck out and say we'll go up with you, and Hull to miss out. If we're to go up, we need to pick up more points away. Were unbelievable at home but dropped too many points away."


PREDICTION

"I'm gonna say 2-1 to Posh."


Denver Hume appears to be nearing match fitness. Did his lack of involvement on Friday have one eye on Monday's game? Considering Carl Winchester didn't feature against Oxford, the Northern Ireland international could add the tenacity and quality needed to get a result at London Road. After Wyke has struggled to get involved in recent games, is it time to start Ross Stewart or bring back Aiden O'Brien?


Considering Darren Ferguson's side are the league's top scorers, not over-committing could be crucial to a result. Whilst sitting back tends to always invite pressure, plenty of bodies in the midfield looks pivotal to stopping the Blues getting the better of us. In my opinion, this is due to be our toughest game remaining. If we manage the likely early storm and press The Posh effectively, we leave ourselves with every chance of increasing our advantage in the final run-in. I'd take a point, but think we’ll knick it, 2-1.