Posh will have no excuses against the struggling Iron.
It’s been an accusation leveled at Peterborough United under Darren Ferguson that you never quite know what you are going to get. Excitement, sure, and goals but results don’t necessarily follow. Never has this theory been easier to prove than over the last few weeks.
Having battered Crawley at the start of the month and then beaten Barnsley in a high-quality contest, Posh then lost at bottom club Crewe and Saturday’s defeat at another struggling side, Coventry, will have had fans tearing their hair out.
United were two up at the Ricoh Arena at half-time and in cruise control. But everything fell apart in 15 crazy second-half minutes as the Sky Blues scored three times and then had enough experience to shut up shop.
Another great goal from the ever-improving Marcus Maddison was scant consolation and, though Posh are still in the play-off places, they’ve lost further ground on the top two and need to get back to winning ways quickly against Scunthorpe United this weekend.
A return to London Road will be welcome after their struggles on the road. They’ve only lost once at home so far this season and Scunthorpe’s away record is abysmal. They’ve managed just one win in seven attempts and have had a season to forget so far.
Mark Robins faces a massive task in keeping the Iron up this season after a terrible start but they continue to let in an average of two goals a game on their travels and are still seeking a first victory under their new boss.
They can’t play Posh loanees Bobby Olejnik or Shaun Brisley either against their parent club. Grant McCann could play for Peterborough against his former employer as Jack Payne is serving a one-match suspension after collecting five yellow cards.
United’s record against teams in the bottom six isn’t encouraging but Scunthorpe are in dire straits and should be there for the taking. A Posh win is 8/13 and they are 7/2 to win by two goals.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, November 1st at London Road.