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Burnley v Posh: The Match Preview

13 September 2012

Posh travel to Turf Moor on Saturday to face Burnley in the npower Championship (3pm).

Peterborough United will look to register their first points of the campaign when they make the journey north to face Burnley at Turf Moor (3pm).

Darren Ferguson’s men have trained well this week in preparation for the clash with Eddie Howe’s men and the Posh boss is confident that his side can build on a decent performance at St. Andrews in their last league outing.

‘The break came at a good time for us. We have had time to analyse the statistics that we receive at the end of each month and we know where we need to improve. Every game in the Championship is a tough one, but I have had seen signs that we are improving all of the time and I now have pretty much all of my squad available for selection.

‘Burnley are a good side, they have an experienced spine to the side and they have mixed that with a few of the younger players. Eddie’s football philosophy is similar to ours, we both like to play good football and I am sure it will be a good game,’ Ferguson said.

Ferguson confirmed that winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and midfielder Daniel Kearns are available for selection after injury, while new signing Kane Ferdinand is in the travelling party after impressing in training and against Luton Town in a reserve team fixture this week.

‘Kane has done very well and I am confident he will be a good player for us. He can play at the base of the diamond, on the right of a two or pretty much anywhere across the midfield so he is an important player for us,’ Ferguson added.

Defender Kgosi Ntlhe was an unused substitute for South Africa in two international friendly fixtures against Brazil and Mozambique over the last seven days. He has travelled thousands of miles around the world and was not due to train on Thursday with the squad.

Ferguson commented: ‘Kgosi arrived back in the country on Thursday morning so we will assess how he is on Friday. He has travelled a lot, but he is a young lad, so we will see how he is. If he doesn’t play then I have options. Craig Alcock can play at left-back and so can Nathaniel Knight-Percival.’



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