September saw Posh kick off their EFL trophy campaign with a game against local rivals Northampton and in the league, a trip to Fergie’s previous team Doncaster was in store as Peterborough were seeking revenge from last season’s encounter.
The first game of the month was a trip to the Sixfields stadium, home of local rivals Northampton, in the newly named ‘Leasing.com trophy’, rolls of the tongue doesn’t it? A heavily rotated team, which saw academy graduate Harrison Burrows start for the first time, was more than enough to see of the league two opposition in a 0-2 win and showed just how strong the depth of our squad is.
Next in store was a home game against Rochdale and Posh were looking to kick off from where they left off in August by getting a win and a clean sheet and oh boy, they did just that. It was a wonderful display of football from our frighteningly good front three, Ivan Toney bagged his third Posh hat-trick, Mo Eisa showed he could score all types of goals with a great header and Marcus Maddison continued producing greatness with two goals and an assist Kevin De Bruyne would be proud of. This was now five wins in a row without conceding for Peterborough in all competitions.
Tranmere and Doncaster were Posh’ next two games and they caused a bit of a bump in the road. The good form seemed to be carrying on while 0-2 up against Tranmere however, within the time it takes to make a cup of tea, they were back level thanks to a magnificent Ollie Banks volley. Posh hung on and in the end a 2-2 draw seemed a hard-earned point.
Fast forward 4 days and Peterborough were back up north, this time playing Doncaster. The first opening 30 minutes was a cagey affair with both sides having good chances but thanks to another set of two quick goals Posh found themselves 2-0 down. Despite the backing of 1,700 Posh fans, the team couldn’t get back in it and the game finished 2-0. That is now just two wins in the previous eight games away at Doncaster. After the game, Fergie said the performance shocked him.
“It is a hard one to explain.
“It looked like we had no energy, we weren’t brave enough on the ball.
“I shouldn’t be surprised in football now, but that performance shocked me.
“It came out of the blue, it is down to me to find a solution.”
” You would think that was game over but an absolute howler from Christy Pym, who let the ball run between his legs”
The final game of the month was, on paper, a relatively easy game at home to winless AFC Wimbledon but in the end, Peterborough really had to grind out the result. The opening 25 minutes was fairly dull, but the game was sparked into life by a thunderbolt via Marcus Maddison’s ‘weak foot’. After that, quick feet from Mo Eisa saw him wriggle past two Wimbledon defenders before he fired Posh into a 2-0 lead. You would think that was game over but an absolute howler from Christy Pym, who let the ball run between his legs, let Wimbledon back in the game from a tame Mitchell Pinnock shot.
Mo Eisa got a brace to put the two-goal cushion back but once again Wimbledon replied, this time from Anthony Wordsworth’s neat finish into the bottom right corner. Posh had many opportunities to score more but it wasn’t to be, and the game finished 3-2.
You may still remember but just in case you’ve forgot, Peterborough’s away game against Shrewsbury Town was postponed due to international call ups and is now due to be played on the 5th of November.
A month with varying degrees of results sees Posh relatively unscathed and still in the hunt for promotion with a game in hand on many of the teams above them.
Player of the month: Ivan Toney
Game of the month: Peterborough 6-0 Rochdale
By Aidan Watts