Darren Ferguson Bemoans Fan's Disrespect For Posh's Start

posted 8 Jan 2014, 12:45 by Richard Brook
Originally posted here: http://bit.ly/1cZDwGm

Peterborough United boss, Darren Ferguson has branded the club’s fans “disrespectful” in the manner in which they have greeted the London Road side’s start to the season. Ferguson commented:

I think our fans are quite disrespectful to the league. I didn’t like the atmosphere [against Shrewsbury, on Saturday], I think our fans think we’re going to win 6-0 every game. It’s impossible to do that. I don’t think my players get anywhere near enough credit.”

Peterborough have found themselves lost amongst the early season League One headlines. Leaders Leyton Orient attracted a good deal of coverage for holding the last remaining 100% record in the Football League, after eight games of the new season, yet Posh’s points tally is not far behind that amassed by the O’s.

Ferguson’s men sit in second position just a single point behind Orient, as they seek to achieve promotion back to the Championship, at the first attempt, having been relegated from a tight second tier in May.

Peterborough kicked off the current season with a habit of winning and they themselves had a 100% League record after four matches. The club had the very slightest of wobbles, as August turned into September, first slipping to a home defeat to Crawley Town then requiring an injury time equaliser, from Michael Bostwick, to rescue a point at Crewe.

After the comeback against Crewe, Ferguson underlined the importance of not losing successive games, if a team happen to lose one. The manager was evidently proud of his side’s spirit: “Whenever you’re 2-0 down, to get anything out of it, the players deserve credit for that, we kept going. Whenever you’re trying to achieve what we are this season, you can’t afford to lose two games on the bounce.”

Ferguson need not have worried as Peterborough’s run since this match is the joint best in the Football League, equal with Championship surprise package Burnley. Posh have won each of their last six matches. The run comprises victories against Bristol City, MK Dons, Rotherham United, Preston North End, Port Vale and Shrewsbury Town. During the six-game streak, forwards Britt Assombalonga and Tyrone Barnett have each weighed in with three goals.

Assombalonga shades Posh’s scoring chart this season, from Barnett, by the odd goal in 15 – although both players’ totals encompass one strike each notched outside of league matches. Previously Assombalonga’s best goal-scoring season saw him score 15 goals for Southend United during their 2012/13 campaign. Barnett has racked up 17 goals in 2011/12 however only four of these were for Peterborough, then of the Championship, the remainder were scored in League Two, for Crawley Town.

Other managers might have slipped happily under the radar, letting Orient soak up the attention. Ferguson, however, has chosen to draw the eye to the fact that his side unquestionably deserve more credit and it will be interesting to see how the club’s players respond to the pressure this may put them under, and how the club’s fans react to the manager’s criticism.