Darren Ferguson’s men welcome Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
Peterborough United will be looking to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Blackpool when they entertain Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League One action at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
Darren Ferguson’s men remain second with a game in hand on leaders Hull City going into the clash with Stanley, who will feel they have a good opportunity to force their way into the play-off picture with the league table very tight going into the final 10 games of the campaign.
Posh are without the services of midfielder Jack Taylor (hamstring) and defender Ronnie Edwards (thigh) but both are ahead of schedule and could return over the Easter weekend. Siriki Dembele is a doubt with a back problem, while other players have reported knocks following the loss at Bloomfield Road.
Accrington are without striker Dion Charles, who is away on international duty with Northern Ireland while fellow front man Colby Bishop is expected to miss out through injury. Joe Pritchard and Seamus Conneely could also miss out through injury.
“It seems like a lifetime ago when we played Accrington Stanley on the opening day of the season. That was a very strange game if I am honest. A lot has changed since then. We know that our home form is good, we have six games remaining at home and we have to make the most of the home advantage like we have done throughout this season. John Coleman has done a tremendous job at Accrington and they will provide a tough test, but we have to focus on ourselves,” Darren Ferguson said.
FROM THE OPPOSITION
“I have watched Peterborough, I know all about them and they will want to play better than they did against Blackpool and if they play better, they have a good chance of winning games because they have won a lot of games this season,” said Stanley boss John Coleman.
“You need luck as well. If you look at Peterborough v Blackpool, there was nothing in the game at 1-1 and around five/ten minutes into second half, the ball bounces into the box, it hits someone on the arm, no one really appealed, a penalty is given, Blackpool take the lead and go on and win the game.
“On other day that doesn’t get given and it’s a totally different game. That’s how much luck plays a part in football and you can’t call when it will happen for you. All you can do is try and play in the opposition’s box so, if things go wrong, they don’ t reflect too badly on you.
“If you are spending a lot of time in the other team’s box you are not going to give a penalty away, you are more likely to get one. You are not going to make a silly mistake around their box that leads to a goal for them, it’s more likely they are going to do that. You have got to invade and the more time you spend in the other team’s half the more chance you have of winning the game,” John Coleman said.
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MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The match referee is Sam Purkiss.