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Hull win keeps Posh heads above water - Interview
Friday, 22nd Oct 2021 08:27 by Clive Whittingham

It's been a tough start for Peterborough back in the Championship, but a midweek win at Hull has them above the dotted line which for @NotSoPosh1934 is all that matters this season.

A tough start to life back at this level, how would you assess it so far?

It hasn't been what we were hoping for, even though we've shown promise in multiple games. We know it'll be hard to stay up but most of our fan base believes we can do it.

Posh league results thus far…
Luton 3-0 Peterborough Adebayo 30, Cornick 68, Onyedinma 71
Peterborough 2-1 Derby Dembele 90, Burrows 90 – Stretton 77
Peterborough 2-2 Cardiff Burrows 49, Dembele 51 – Flint 83, 90
Preston 1-0 Peterborough Bauer 14
Peterborough 0-1 West Brom Ajayi 90
Sheff Utd 6-2 Peterborough Ndiaye 14, 70, Fleck 51, Osborn 53, 90, Gibbs-White 68 – Marriott 14, Clarke-Harris pen 79
Reading 3-1 Peterborough Swift 64, Dele-Bashiru 67, 88 – Thompson 74
Peterborough 3-0 Birmingham Dean og 1, Clarke-Harris pen 35, Grant 50
Coventry 3-0 Peterborough Hamer 57, Gyokeres 61, 64
Peterborough 0-0 Bournemouth
Peterborough 2-3 Bristol City Szmodics 22, 43 – Thompson og 34, Tanner 40, Martin 84
Boro 2-0 Peterborough McNair pen 85, Coburn 90
Hull 1-2 Peterborough Magennis 45 – Taylor 43, Dembele 72

What have been the key problems/issues?

We've had multiple issues unfortunately, most being injuries. But aside from injuries, Christy Pym (our number one) had a fall out with Fergie which has not been resolved and he'll be sold in January. We've been playing most games without a proper striker - Clarke-Harris picked up a three-game ban for posting something now seen as controversial when he was 19. But luckily for you lot he'll be available on Saturday which is good news for us.

Any pressure/criticism on Darren Ferguson?

There has been a lot of criticism but mostly towards the players. Darren Ferguson will most likely have his job until the end of the season as although this is his third spell at the club, him and the chairman have a good relationship.

What business did you do in the summer and how do you reflect on it in hindsight?

I think we made some good signings. We signed Oliver Norburn late on in the window from League One side Shrewsbury and he's played great. Jack Marriott was seen as one of our better signings, he played for us a few years back and we sold him for multiple million. Only a few games into the season he got injured and is now out until next March at the earliest.

Ins: >>> Oliver Norburn, 28, CM, Shrewsbury, £350k >>> Joel Randall, 21, MF, Exeter, Undisclosed >>> Kwarme Poku, 19, AM, Colchester, Undisclosed >>> Jorge Grant, 26, MF, Lincoln, Undisclosed >>> Josh Knight, 23, CB, Leicester, Undisclosed >>> Emmanuel Fernandez, 19, CB, Ramsgate, Undisclosed >>> Joe Tomlinson, 21, LB, Eastleigh, Undisclosed >>> David Cornell, 30, GK, Ipswich, Free >>> Jack Marriott, 26, CF, Derby, Free >>> Kobe Jae Chong, 20, CM, Sutton, Free >>> Conor Coventry, 21, DM, West Ham, Loan

Outs: >>> Mo Eisa, 27, CF, MK Dons, Undisclosed >>> Flynn Clarke, 18, AM, Norwich, Undisclosed >>> Frazer Blake-Tracy, 25, LB, Burton, Free >>> Bradley Rolt, 18, CF, Brackley, Free >>> Archie Jones, 20, CM, Bishop’s Stortford, Free >>> Ryan Broom, 24, RM, Plymouth, Loan >>> Serhat Tasdemir, 21, RM, Barnet, Loan >>> Louis Reed, 23, CM, Released >>> Niall Mason, 24, RB, Released >>> Sam Cartwright, 20, CB, Released >>> Mark Tyler, 44, GK, Retired

Stand out players and weak links in the team?

One of our stand out players has been Nathan Thomson. He's a defender that's only small but puts in some cracking tackles. He's been our best player so far without a doubt. Our weak link is probably Dan Butler as every time he gets the ball he's plays it back to the defence and for a winger his crossing isn't great.

Revised expectations for the season?

I'd say this season is about staying up. At the start of the season I was expecting us to finish somewhere between 12th & 17th but it's not gone too well so far. As long as we can keep up our decent home form, I think we'll finish outside the bottom three.

Links >>> Posh Official Website >>> Peterborough Telegraph – Local Press >>> London Road – Forum >>> Football Ground Guide

The Twitter @loftforwords @NotSoPosh1934

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Crun added 16:13 - Oct 22
Jonson Clarke-Harris is sitting this one out as it will be his last match of his suspension.

TacticalR added 17:15 - Oct 22
Thanks to @NotSoPosh1934.

It has been a struggle reducing the budget at QPR and you do wonder what things would have been like on an even lower budget. Peterborough seem pretty good at selling on players. Even with their injury list they have got some decent results and are above the relegation zone.

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