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Posh v Orient: Match Preview

8 May 2014

Peterborough United entertain Leyton Orient in the first leg of the Sky Bet League One play-off semi final first leg on Saturday (12.15pm) at London Road.

Darren Ferguson's men go into the play-off semi final first leg with Russell Slade's Leyton Orient side on the back of five victories in the last six matches at London Road.

Posh finished sixth in the Sky Bet League One table with Orient claiming a last day victory to earn third spot in the table.

Ferguson is relishing this time of the season and insists his squad are 'calm' ahead of the two-legged semi-final with the O's.

'We had longer to prepare for the play-offs in 2011,” Ferguson stated. 'This year we’re straight into them just two weeks after qualifying, but we were ready then and we will be ready again.

'The atmosphere and spirit within the squad is first-class. This has been a great place to be this week and I sense a similar mix of confidence and excitement brewing, just like that last time.

'We’re under no illusions how difficult a task we have, but we have as good a chance as anyone else of going up and both my management team and the players are calm ahead of what lies ahead,' Ferguson said.

The Posh boss has a fully fit squad to choose from for the fixture with Danny Swanson available after a cameo appearance from the bench on the final day against Port Vale.

Russell Slade is under no illusions of what they will be facing and insists his team are the underdogs: 'They have an excellent play-off record and are an excellent side. Darren Ferguson's done a great job and they've already won one competition [Johnstone's Paint Trophy] this season and played at Wembley so they'll be looking to get there again. We know it's going to be very, very tough.'

Fans are reminded that Saturday's game is ALL-TICKET with no tickets available on the day. Tickets are available at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 and in person at the London Road Box Office.

There will be one-minute of silence ahead of the game to remember those who lost their lives in the Valley Parade fire disaster. The fire, which killed 56 and injured 265 people, happened on 11th May 1985.


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