(Despite the lack of evidence, the commonly accepted derivation of the word POSH - to keep out of the sun while journeying to India in the days of Empire, that was the way to travel)
Following a very strange week in which we managed to win at Sunderland and lose 4-0 at bottom club Bradford City, we travel to the London Road Stadium to face a Steve Evans side sitting very comfortably in the play-off zone - although they have slipped a bit since setting the pace with Portsmouth in the automatic promotion positions a couple of months ago. There aren’t any ex-Saddlers in the current Peterborough line-up, but there are two names of previous managers that will ring a bell (for hugely different reasons) - Mick Halsall and John Barnwell…
Bradford City’s potential for scoring in spite of their position in the table was evident just over a week ago when they again scored 4 goals - against Peterborough United in the 2nd round of the FA Cup, the only significant difference was that Peterborough also managed to score 4 (and then go through on penalties) whereas our goal attempts were something of a damp squib.
Current League One form for Posh …
3 Nov Wycombe Wanderers (A) Lost 1-0
17 Nov Bradford City (H) Drew 1-1
23 Nov Coventry City (A) Drew 1-1
27 Nov AFC Wimbledon (H) Won 1-0
8 Dec Oxford United (H) Drew 2-2
15 Dec Shrewsbury Town (A) Drew 2-2
We must wait and see what response comes from the Saddlers’ players after what must have been quite a tongue-lashing from Dean Keates following the final whistle at Valley Parade. We are still in the top half of the League One table (surprisingly), but the statistic that sticks out like a sore thumb is our -10 goal difference, the 6th worst in League One. We are not scoring with any regularity, but we’re certainly leaking goals routinely … and this defensive weakness seems to have worsened since we acquired an ex-Premier League player as defender/coach - no doubt someone can retrieve the exact figures, but it’s just an impression brought about by our recent results. George Dobson’s return to competitive football is eagerly awaited, although this game may still be too soon for him - the same thoughts go for Joe Edwards. It will be interesting to see what effect the manager’s words have had…
Prediction? Ever the optimist, a 1-1 draw would be something of a recovery for us, specially against a Peterborough side determined to strengthen their League One position. Let’s see if Liam Kinsella can (again) show the strikers how it’s done!!