Opposition Focus: Peterborough United
We caught up with our resident Posh ‘expert’ Jarred Farmer from The Yellow Block, to get the lowdown on Peterborough ahead of Saturday’s clash at Portman Road.
Thanks for taking part in our Opposition Focus, how has the season been so far as a Posh fan?
It’s always abit of a rollercoaster as a Posh fan, it’s certainly never dull. We started off terribly, then enjoyed a very good spell, scoring lots of goals, our festive curse struck again but we’re back on track again now!
You seem to be back in your stride, winning the last three, beating both Rotherham and Wycombe too. Are you confident you can keep the form up for the rest of the campaign?
I believe so, we’ve made some superb additions this January which has made a huge difference along with a change in formation. My main worry is we’ve no plan B formation wise, not one that works anyway.
What would be classed as success this season?
Plays offs as a minimum as we’ve not reached them in a good few seasons however the goal is promotion, there’s no doubt about that.
As of typing, the window is still open, are you happy with the business done this month?
Absolutely, as I eluded to in a previous question are January business has been a catalyst in our change in form, replacing Maddison with Szmodics. Reece Brown has come in from Huddersfield and Jack Taylor from Barnet, who has been immense, we’ve also not lost Ivan Toney (yet) which is great!
The circus surrounding Marcus Maddison seems to be coming to an end, is that a relief?
A huge relief – it’s best for all parties, he’s been angling for a move for the past couple of years. A move in which he has well and truly earned with his performances on the pitch. However, he is not a player you want moping about when he doesn’t want to be at the club. I’m expecting him to join Grant McCann at Hull City before the window shuts.
We drew 2-2 earlier on in the season, what’s changed from a Posh perspective since then?
We’re playing better now as a unit I would say. We were a new group back then, we made lots of signings in the summer, so we are much more of a team now.
How do you expect Posh to line-up at Portman Road?
It’ll be unchanged from our midweek win against Accrington. Keep an eye on our new midfield man, number 29 Jack Taylor. I expect the front three of Dembele, Szmodics and Toney to cause you problems.
What’s your prediction for Saturday?
We’ll not face much tougher opposition in this league than Ipswich, they gave us a good game at our place earlier this season with the game ending in a draw. We are on fire at the minute, Ipswich seem to have stopped their slide although they are coming off a loss to Rotherham, I’m going Ipswich 1-2 Posh.