October 2019 Review:

Peterborough remarkably finished October unbeaten despite an aerial bombardment from Steve Evans’ Gillingham team and tough games against promotion rivals Wycombe and Coventry City both of which provided late drama, good and bad.

To kick things off, we hosted Arsenal U21s in the Leasing.com trophy, where Fergie gave many of the fringe and youth players a start, but it was the more experienced Joe Ward who got the only goal of the game to virtually qualify us for the next round.

Next up was a tricky away game against 2nd placed Wycombe. It was a brilliant start for the Posh who found themselves 2-0 up at half time but not for the first time this season, they conceded two quick goals and the game was level. Many Posh fans thought they would then go on to lose the game however, a spectacular Ivan Toney goal put Peterborough back in the lead with 20 minutes to go. For the rest of the game it seemed as if Posh would hold on to their lead for a massive three points but in the dying minutes of the game Dan Butler gave away a very clumsy penalty which allowed Wycombe to equalise and the game finished 3-3. After the game, the big talking point among the fans was the habit of throwing away two goal leads and after the game Darren Ferguson described the draw as a defeat.

After a disappointing Result the players needed to quickly regroup as the next game was Lincoln at home otherwise known as the ‘A15 Derby’. Peterborough left it until the 82nd minute to take the lead when Reed hit an absolute thunderbolt, to send the terrace into bedlam. Posh then secured victory in the 88th minute with a wonderful lob from Toney followed by a just as wonderful celebration. To top it all off Reed then got himself sent off for a second yellow card but we will allow it after such a wonderful strike.

Steve Evans, does that name ring a bell? A week later was a trip to Kent to face the former blues boss. A wonder strike from Joe Ward and a penalty from Mo Eisa put us 2-0 up but with 10 minutes to go Gillingham caused heart rates to rise and palms to sweat with a goal to make it 2-1 and Posh found themselves on the verge of losing another two goal lead. Many thought the game would take the same course as the Tranmere and Wycombe games, but it proved to be third time lucky and this time Peterborough heled out for a hard earned three points.

The penultimate game of the month as at home against Accrington Stanley, who just three days before stunned league leaders Ipswich beating them 2-0. However, events wouldn’t repeat themselves and Posh came out winners with a 4-0 victory to put them top of the table. Frankie Kent and Siriki Dembele both scored their first league goals of the campaign, which makes a difference from the usual front three scoring left, right and centre every game.

“Fergie switched things up and resorted to three at the back bringing impact sub Dembele on a lot earlier than usual”

The final game of the month was against high flying Coventry City. Before the game, city’s last away win in the league was on the 13th of April but their first half performance didn’t reflect that record. Coventry blew Posh out of the water and as a reward went 0-1 up in the 12th minute. Soon after, Fergie switched things up and resorted to three at the back bringing impact sub Dembele on a lot earlier than usual. At half time the score was 0-1 but should have been a lot more. Peterborough came out like a bullet out of a gun in the second half and after a sustained period of pressure equalised through a Maddison penalty. Posh couldn’t find another and were punished for missing their chances five minutes from time when Maxime Biamou scissor kicked it past Pym from the edge of the box. From then on it was all or nothing for Posh and in the last minute of stoppage time they were rewarded for their graft when the ball fell to clinical finisher Mo Eisa in the penalty area and he coolly slotted home an equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game to save Posh’s Unbeaten month.

After a month with a lot of goals, red cards and late drama Posh find themselves sitting comfortably in third position ready to pounce on a slip up from the top 2. The front three are still firing on all cylinders and even the rest of the team are now chipping in with some goals of their own. In November the group stage of the Leasing.com trophy concludes against rivals Cambridge and the FA Cup begins with a trip to struggling League Two outfit Stevenage.

Player of the Month: Mo Eisa

Game of the Month: Peterborough 2-2 Coventry City

By Aidan Watts