Ferguson digs out a diamond way to win

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson.
Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson.

A VIEW on Rovers’ opponents Peterborough United.

IF Rovers are to beat Peterborough at London Road on Saturday, they probably will have to score more than once, something they have yet to do so far this season.

Posh fired their way to promotion via the League One play offs last term through sheer goalscoring prowess, with their 106 league goals more than cancelling out a leaky defence.

And they look to have maintained that strength, despite losing 35-goal man Craig-Makail Smith to fellow-promoted Brighton.

Darren Ferguson (right) looks set to last longer in the Peterborough hot seat than he did the last time he guided them to the Championship.

The strength of his diamond formation in midfield has proved key to last season’s success and the strong start to this campaign.

Tommy Rowe will drop deep in front of the back four with George Boyd sitting behind a two man front line.

The other two midfielders – usually Grant McCann and Lee Frecklington – come inside, allowing full backs Mark Little and Craig Alcock to surge forward down the wings.

Rowe and Boyd’s movement creates a lot of space for Peterborough as sides with more conventional four man midfields struggle to deal with this.

This was most evident against Ipswich who Posh demolished 7-1 last month.

Dean Saunders will likely send his Rovers side out to start the game with a five man midfield, as he did in both of his first two games at the club.

But going on the defensive is not necessarily the best way to approach Peterborough.

While the style of play remains the same as last season, so does the vulnerability.

Posh have conceded in every game this season and have stuck with the mantra that to win a match they must out-score the opposition.

This will not be music to Rovers’ ears given their shortage of goals but clearly they must not be shy in going on the attack, or face being left behind in Saturday’s match.

Last Posh line-up: (4-1-2-1-2) Jones, Little, Bennett, Zakuani, Alcock, Rowe, McCann, Frecklington, Boyd, Sinclair, Taylor.

Prediction: Peterborough 2 Rovers 2.