Gabriel Zakuani insists there is no reason to panic as Posh prepare for visit of Leeds United.

Peterborough United skipper Gabriel Zakuani has insisted there is no panic in the dressing room as the team prepare for Saturday’s fixture with Leeds United at London Road (3pm).

Darren Ferguson’s men were beaten 2-0 at promotion-favourites Leicester City last Saturday and Milwall claimed all three points at London Road on Tuesday evening. While Zakuani concedes the display was not pleasing on the eye, he insists that it is far too early to get carried away.

‘People really panic to early, but we, as players, are not. We had a good season last year and in patches we have shown what we can do in the first two games, even though we haven’t got the results we have been looking for.

‘I understand that supporters were disappointed with the performance in the main on Tuesday and it did surprise me how dissatisfied they became, but that happens in football. You have to take it and be professional and hopefully we can turn them around on Saturday.

‘I can assure the supporters that nobody goes out to play badly. Everyone knows they have to give 100% and that will not be in question. Tuesday night has gone now, we are two games into the season and we have a perfect chance to put things right against Leeds United. The atmosphere will be great and everyone is upbeat. We are looking forward to the game,’ Zakuani said.

Last season, Posh were defeated deep into stoppage time by a Darren O’Dea goal just as it looked like they had earned a point through Mark Little. Earlier in the game, Zakuani had found the back of the net – the last time he scored for Posh.

‘Yeah, it has been a little while since I have scored so it would be nice to score against them again. We don’t need motivation for these types of games, I am sure the crowd will be with us and hopefully we can get the right result,’ Zakuani said.