After Saturday’s demolition job against Rochdale, the sense around the football club was that the lost magic Fergie once had with Posh had returned as Rochdale are a hard team to break down. 6-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0 and 2-0 – 17 goals scored, with none conceded.
After a turbulent start, Fergie was being written off as a manager who could only succeed with Posh in the past. Now, with 5 clean sheets in a row and goals being scored by the bucket load, the buzz around Fergie is well and truly back with players such as Ivan Toney and Marcus Maddison terrifying their fellow professional footballers in League One with blistering form.
I’ll admit, I had written off Fergie – I wrote an article for this very page where I stated that Fergie’s return might not be the best all things considered, he could be in danger of tarnishing his prestigious past. But, that was before the recent results had come into fruition where Posh look unstoppable not only in attack, but also from the back with Kent looking the player Baldwin was destined to be. The turning point came after a 2-2 draw against Ipswich began a new level of hope, Posh could have been victors if Chambers hadn’t equalised at the death. After that draw, something clicked and Posh began playing with the attacking arsenal at full throttle like they used to do under Fergie with the Holy Trinity outplaying defences.
The new Holy Trinity is seemingly Maddison, Toney and Eisa – Eisa, however, still hasn’t blown me away but he scores when the opportunity arises. Mo did pop up with a goal against Southend, as did Toney. This began an onslaught of goals where this dream trio combined, Maddison providing both assists on a plate at Roots Hall. Marcus would turn from goal provider to goal scorer at Stadium:MK, scoring a screamer worthy of an August Goal of the Month nomination – he then turned back to delivering assists, Toney nodding in Posh’s second. Eisa grabbed the final two, the third a brilliant passing move orchestrated by George Boyd and the fourth a great curled finish.
The next three Posh matches followed the same tune, with Toney, Eisa and Maddison combining again with only Josh Knight netting in the league away from those main three. In the Cup, however, Kanu and Dembele scored to show Fergie’s squad has versatility. After wins over Milton Keynes and Southend, optimism had returned. However, MK and Southend aren’t exactly teams of great stature in the division. After a 3-0 walk in the park over Ross’ illustrious Black Cats, the buzz about Darren Ferguson was there as his side were phenomenal anchored by Leicester loanee Knight and carried forward by Marcus Maddison.
“It really does feel like a buzz is in the air with Fergie and his new, exciting squad – a buzz not too dissimilar to the great squads he had previous assembled at London Road”
In Fergie sides of the past, there was another maverick in Lee Tomlin and Maddison has seemingly slotted into his own unique role as Posh’s new unpredictable talent. With Aaron McLean also a coach now, he has taken Toney under his wing and Ivan is scoring goals McLean would have been proud of with poacher-like instincts. Gaining recognition on the TV Highlights Show also for their 17 goals with none conceded feat, it really does feel like a buzz is in the air with Fergie and his new, exciting squad – a buzz not too dissimilar to the great squads he had previous assembled at London Road.
Unfortunately, with the home game against Rochdale, the attendance didn’t coincide with the hype. But, after the biggest League win since that incredible 7-1 victory over Ipswich, the buzz should translate into more spectators coming to watch as it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon!
By Kelan Sarson