August was an epic prologue for what will hopefully be a promotion winning campaign for Peterborough United. It provided the agony and ecstasy that we have all come to know and love by following the mighty Posh.
The scene was set. Season tickets were purchased and renewed by the thousands, Fergie bought in the players he thought could do the job of finally getting Posh out of League One and most notably of all, hair-transplants were undergone. Promotion was on the lips of many Posh fans going into the first game of the season however, things did not go to plan, and after just 13 minutes Posh found themselves 2-0 down to Fleetwood Town, who for many are dark horses for promotion this season.
After the game, a meltdown ensued on Twitter and things didn’t get any better in the next couple of games either. Two 1-0 defeats on the bounce away to Oxford United was the cause for alarm bells to be ringing for some Posh fans. The results meant Peterborough crashed out of the League Cup in the first round for the third year in a row and on top of that, they found themselves in the relegation zone albeit after two games.
Fans were pointing out record signing Mo Eisa’s performances and were wondering what he brings to the team. Goalkeeper Christy Pym and Defenders Mark Beevers and Niall Mason were also coming under fire as their individual mistakes had cost the team valuable points in the opening games.
“Southend Away was up next and it was a must-win game for Fergie to lose some of the pressure on his shoulders he had gathered from the opening four games
The home game against Ipswich was the turning point in the opening month. Conceding in the 94th minute was the catalyst for change that we would see in the next three games. Peterborough finished the match with a point after a valiant effort saw them earn a 2-2 draw against currently top of the table Ipswich Town. Club record signing Mo Eisa finally got off the mark with his partner in crime Ivan Toney also getting on the score sheet.
Southend Away was up next and it was a must-win game for Fergie to lose some of the pressure on his shoulders he had gathered from the opening four games. Cue Marcus Maddison and his two premier league quality assists for Ivan Toney and Mo Eisa, who was starting to get rid of the doubts about him in a lot of people’s minds. There wasn’t a much better time to get our first win of the season as just four days later we (2,100 people to be exact) travelled to Stadium MK to face newly promoted Milton Keynes.
Peterborough United put on an amazing display of football in the heat where we witnessed a goal of the season contender from Marcus Maddison, a brace from Mo Eisa and a debut for academy graduate Harrison Burrows. The promotion train had finally left the station.
Up next we faced Sunderland, which was the biggest test on paper this month. However, it never turned out to be a test at all, more like a training session. Before the game it was revealed by Darragh MacAnthony on the Roker Report podcast that he in fact offered Marcus Maddison to Sunderland in the summer. Sunderland didn’t believe he was worth the money and therefore didn’t pursue him any further (perhaps waiting until next summer to get him for free). So, what does Marcus Maddison end up doing in the next game? Rifles a free kick 30 yards out in front of 3,000 Sunderland fans, scores a brace and provides us with perhaps photo of the season.
9 goals scored, 0 conceded, 3 wins in a row, although they didn’t start very well, Posh ended August in emphatic style.
Player of the Month: Marcus Maddison
Game of the Month: Peterborough 3-0 Sunderland
By Aidan Watts