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Ferguson: 'A Big Week For Us'

20 August 2012

Manager Darren Ferguson has described back to back home games as a 'big week' for the club.

The league season might only be a game old, but Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has described back to back home fixtures as vitally important, telling theposh.com that it is a 'big week'. 

Posh entertain Millwall at London Road on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) before an all-ticket encounter with Leeds United on Saturday. Ferguson has taken the positives from the 2-0 defeat at promotion-favourites Leicester City on Saturday and is looking forward to the first home league clash of the campaign. 

‘The Millwall game is important.  It was disappointing on Saturday, we knew it would be a real test, but we have a home game on Tuesday and then Saturday, so it is a big week for us and pivotal games, no doubt about that. 

‘We definitely want to play our tempo, we want to get about them, play our football and do it a little bit quicker than what we did on Saturday. We kept very good possession, we just didn’t get that final ball quick enough, which meant they could always keep their shape, but there were a lot of positives to take out of Saturday.

‘We are at home and we lost too many games here last season, obviously we lost to Millwall, we got a right thumping that night, but I’m sure we will see a totally different performance to that night.


‘We just had one or two opportunities where we could have got in between our lines a bit quicker behind their central midfield on Saturday, but the lads are aware of that, there was some good stuff from Saturday, we have got to make sure we get a real tempo to our play,' Ferguson said.

The Posh boss also praised Emile Sinclair for his return to full fitness and he could be in line for a starting berth after causing the Foxes problems in the last 25 minutes at the King Power Stadium.
 

‘Emile Sinclair was rusty in terms of his finishing, he had three one on ones in 25 minutes, but he’s a real threat. I’m really pleased for him, he’s a good lad he’s stronger and even quicker now than he was last season, he is a real handful when he’s like that,' Ferguson added. 

Millwall opened the season with a 2-0 defeat of their own with Blackpool claiming the win at the New Den, but Ferguson knows their front players can cause problems.

‘Millwall have got an experienced front two in Henderson and Keogh, they are a handful they’ve got wide players who want to get the ball in the box it is what you see is what you get with Kenny Jackett’s team, hard working. It will be a really hard game, a really tough game in fact, they were probably the most impressive team to come to London Road last season, one of them anyway. We’ve got to play to our strengths they’ll look to play to theirs, we have got to stop them, we know their weaknesses and we need to make sure we exploit their weaknesses,' Ferguson said. 

Striker Tyrone Barnett remains a doubt for the game, while Daniel Kearns is close to a return. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is still sidelined along with Tommy Rowe and David Hibbert.



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