Peterborough v Town – Preview
Town head to Peterborough United tomorrow afternoon looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Town boss Paul Lambert is looking to continue their solid league start of the season.
“We’re playing well, and that’s the thing,” he said. “We know what we’ve got to go and do, everybody is right behind it, and we’re ready for the game that’s for sure.”
Despite Peterborough losing all three games so far this season, Lambert is still expecting a tough game.
“It’s going to be strong, it’s a strong team,” he said. “But we’ve got 4,000 fans going which is incredible, it’s an extraordinary support we have, it really is.
“That’s the way the club should be. It shouldn’t be what I saw against Middlesbrough all those months ago where you could have heard a pin drop.
“Now it’s different, a totally different ball game with the support and it’s credit to them coming out in their numbers to support and get behind the team.
“There’s been a lot of young ones coming and a lot of new ones I’ve noticed, but that’s the way it should be, that’s what you call a proper support.”
Does Lambert see Peterborough as a challenger come May: “I expect every team, not just because it’s a big club or a big name. Every game’s hard, every game’s tough, this will be no different to any other game, every game is tough.”
Tomas Holy will return in goal for Town after being rested at Luton in midweek. The back four is likely to be unchanged, with Myles Kenlock, Luke Chambers, Luke Woolfenden and Janoi Donacien all starting.
The ever impressive partnership of Cole Skuse and Flynn Downes with anchor the midfield. The pair have started the season superbly and already look a key partnership within the team.
Danny Rowe looks certain to come back into the team but the left footed winger, who has been operating largely from the right, looks likely to start in the place occupied by injured Luke Garbutt.
That could free a space for Andre Dozzell, the midfielder was introduced as a substitute against Sunderland on the right hand of midfield.
Another option would be Gwion Edwards, the former Peterborough man appeared for the first team this season on Tuesday night. Lambert has hinted that two starts within a week could be too much for Edwards.
The main decision could be again the Judge or Jackson conundrum. If Jackson is given the nod in a 4 4 2, that would condemn Judge to the bench.
However Judge could start in his favoured number 10 role with the Irish international making little impact playing wide left of a four last weekend against Sunderland.
James Norwood will be in attack looking to get off the mark for the season.
Peterborough have lost all three games this season, at home to Fleetwood on the opening day and losing at Oxford in the league and the cup within the space of three days.
However, Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson thinks Town is the ideal game for the Posh.
“Ipswich getting relegated obviously means they’re one of the bigger clubs in the league. Come the end of the season they’ll probably be one of the teams up there – they have a very experienced manager and have started the season well. It’s going to be a test for us. These are the games that I look forward to and the players want to play in.
“There will be 4,000 away supporters and I draw similarities from the back end of last season when we faced Sunderland. It was a big crowd and a big atmosphere and I expect similar on Saturday. Obviously we’re disappointed with the results at the start of the season, to lose three games on the bounce at any stage is disappointing.
“After analysing the three games we’ve played it’s not hard to see that the goals we’ve conceded have all been avoidable. It’s all about what my players give, I saw some good signs on Tuesday, added to the second half against Oxford on the Saturday – we’ve just got make sure we keep progressing. We have got different ways of playing in terms of formations and shapes.
“As I said I can see good signs, so we just need to keep the belief and stick to our guns. There’s no lack of confidence but we just have to iron out certain things. I’m convinced once we get that first win, we’ll be absolutely fine and we’ll start putting results together,” Ferguson said.
Posh welcome back Marcus Maddison from injury for the clash with the Tractor Boys. He has been struggling with a knock since the defeat to Oxford United last Saturday. Serhat Tasdemir was forced off during the Carabao Cup tie due to severe cramp but has recovered sufficiently to be in the squad.
Historically, Posh have the upper hand, winning five times (two in the league), four matches having ended in draws (three) and the Blues having been victorious on two occasions (once in the league).
Saturday’s referee is Martin Coy from Durham, who showed 94 yellow cards and two red in 35 games last season.
If you are one of the 4,000 plus heading to the game tomorrow, you may want to check out the clubs official travel guide to Peterborough here.