Vital Football

Latest Peterborough United News

Posh v Hammers - Pre-Match Quotes

Posh v Hammers - Pre-Match Quotes


PETERBOROUGH UNITED

'I felt we did okay in the game at Upton Park earlier in the season and we will be looking to put in a good performance on Saturday. I thought we were excellent in the first half at Turf Moor last weekend and I was very happy with the strikers, they linked up well,' Ferguson said.

"We lacked a bit of belief when we played them at their place and that won`t be the case tomorrow," Ferguson continued.

"We still only lost that day to a soft penalty and they were hanging on a bit at the end so we know we can trouble them.

"Obviously they are a big, strong side who have made some good signings in January. They are excellent at set-pieces and we will need a strong referee because they have won more penalties than any other side in the Championship.

"But we will try and impose our game on them. If we pass the ball well and keep the ball well we can cause them problems.

"It`s a game every one of my players is looking forward to and it`s definitely a game we can win. Ipswich beat them 5-1 recently which shows what can happen in this league,"

Ferguson added: "I haven`t picked my team yet, but I am excited by having Matthew [Briggs] in the squad. I rate him very highly and I`ve been trying to sign him for a year.

"He`s a Premier League player really so I expect he will go well for us. He`s a natural left-footer so he will give us balance when we are attacking."

Fans backing is crucial insists skipper Grant McCann. The backing of the fans played a huge part in Posh winning the League One Play-Off semi-final against MK Dons last season. "It was a brilliant atmosphere when Mk Dons played here that night," McCann said. "It`s the best I`ve ever experienced at the club.

"London Road was rocking that night and there`s no doubt the fans helped us get through.

"And there will be even more in the ground tomorrow so hopefully there will be even more noise. It`s certainly a massive game and the players are all looking forward to it.

"It`s obviously a big game for me having started out at West Ham. I have loads of family and friends coming over from Northern Ireland for the match so I hope it`s on.

"I also hope we win and that I score. That would be a dream come true."

WEST HAM UNITED

Hammers boss Sam Alardyce is hoping his sides kicks on from their win last weekend as he said to the West Ham website: 'We're going to have enough pressure trying to win the Southampton game without putting extra pressure on ourselves to bounce back from Peterborough.

'We exceeded all expectations from me last Saturday. Firstly, because we'd just been beaten by Ipswich and secondly because we went down to ten men after nine minutes.

'To produce a performance of such quality and high endeavour and high belief was a fantastic effort by all the players who took part. In some cases it didn't get the praise it deserved as anyone who wins with ten men should be delighted.

'Just look at what Millwall did to Southampton on Tuesday when they won 3-2. We managed to beat them with just ten men for 80 minutes so that just shows the size of the job we completed.'

Allardyce is frustrated at criticism aimed in his direction over the way his team play: "Any criticism of the way we play doesn`t make any sense to me. All this team did before was lose." Allardyce said.

"I`ve been a manager for 18 years and not for the life of me would I expect a football fan to accept playing well and losing, rather than playing well and winning. If you`re unable to play well then just win.

"We have entertained really well at home this year, but when we have lost people have said we were poor. In fact I don`t remember many games when we haven`t put on a good show.

"We`ve struggled in certain games, but every team has those. In most games we have created more chances than the opposition, but it`s a fact that some teams sit so far back they let you entertain.

"We could probably do with being a bit more clinical, but we have scored four against Forest, Blackpool and Watford so we have shown we can do it."

UP THE POSH

twitter Follow me on Twitter: @mwl1967

Join The Vital Debate



Join Vital Peterborough United!

With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!


Vital Posh is 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital Posh today?
It's easy to REGISTER HERE. Simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!.


Message Board
To visit the message board, click here.


Get involved
This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Posh at peterborough@vitalfootball.co.uk .



Vital Peterborough is also on: facebook twitter



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:mwl1967
Date:Friday February 10 2012
Time: 5:22PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Peterborough United Articles

Bees To Host Posh In Pre-Season

Peterborough United have confirmed a fourth pre-season match against Championship opposition but this is the first Championship away pre-season fixture

Addison and Coulibaly Follow In Joe Lewis` Footsteps

Former Peterborough United striker Souleymane Couliably and defender Miles Addison have headed north of the border, just like former Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis

Posh Sign Crawley Midfielder

Peterborough United have signed a midfielder from Crawley Town

Fox Heads To Boro

Released left back Andrew Fox has headed down the A1 to sign for Stevenage

Archived Vital Posh Articles

Vital Posh articles from

Site Journalists

mwl1967
Editor email
Profile
TomLea_
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many new players should Posh bring in this summer?
Suggested By:
04%
10%
22%
39%
448%
522%
6+15%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Wigan 46 24 15 7 87 37
P Burton 46 25 10 11 85 20
3 Walsall 46 24 12 10 84 22
4 Millwall 46 24 9 13 81 24
5 Bradford 46 23 11 12 80 15
6 Barnsley 46 22 8 16 74 16
7 Scunthorpe 46 21 11 14 74 13
8 Coventry 46 19 12 15 69 18
9 Gillingham 46 19 12 15 69 15
10 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 7
11 Sheff Utd 46 18 12 16 66 5
12 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 65 -2
13 Peterborough 46 19 6 21 63 9
14 Bury 46 16 12 18 60 -17
15 Southend 46 16 11 19 59 -6
16 Swindon 46 16 11 19 59 -7
17 Oldham 46 12 18 16 54 -14
18 Chesterfield 46 15 8 23 53 -12
19 Fleetwood 46 12 15 19 51 -4
20 Shrewsbury 46 13 11 22 50 -21
R Doncaster 46 11 13 22 46 -16
R Blackpool 46 12 10 24 46 -23
R Colchester 46 9 13 24 40 -42
R Crewe 46 7 13 26 34 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Peterborough United Results (view all)

Peterborough United Fixtures (view all)