The Opposition View: Peterborough

For a Posh perspective ahead of Saturday’s big game, here’s Jarred from The Yellow Block podcast.

You’re looking in very good shape at the moment, but what are your thoughts on Posh’s start to the season? Overall I’m happy; after a poor start we’ve improved hugely. This time last season we had a much better start and were better off points-wise and league position-wise, but the few blips aside, we have to be quite satisfied with how things have gone – a [3-0] win over Sunderland and 6-0 vs Rochdale have been key results for us.

You’ve never been far off the play-offs since dropping back down to this division in 2013 – and made them in 2013/14 – but what needs to be different this season to get you comfortably into that top six? Has anything in particular been holding you back? Inconsistency. We’d beat the high flyers yet lose at home to the team propping up the table. We’ve relied on one player in recent season for goals; this season we have three players contributing heavily in the goals department and that can make a huge difference at this level. Also, we’ve had a few different managers, which means more often than not ‘starting again’ most seasons.

I’d normally ask who have been your standout players so far, but it’s hard to look beyond Marcus Maddison, Mo Eisa and Ivan Toney. Instead, who’s surprised you the most or been a breakout player? Maddison, Toney and Eisa have been incredible as you’ve mentioned. Frankie Kent at centre-back has been very solid in recent weeks after a slow start to the season. [Left-back] Frazer Blake-Tracey has been a standout performer also, given he came from [sixth tier] King’s Lynn Town – it’s a huge step up but one he’s taken in his stride.

Can you just describe your style of play. What are the main strengths and weaknesses of your system? Our main strengths are our attacking ability and tending to catch teams on the break quite often. Our weaknesses? We don’t close players down quick enough around our 18 yard box. Also, our ‘keeper [Christy Pym] looks like he could be a weak link, which is obviously a huge concern, but it’s still early days and we’re hoping he’ll still come good.

Lastly, how do you think the game will go? Feel free to make a score prediction! I’ve been massively impressed with Wycombe this season. You have a great manager – a good example of what we’ve not done in recent years (i.e. sticking with one manager and biding your time) and some good players. I’d take a point for sure. I’m going for a 2-0 for you boys. Fingers crossed I’m wrong.

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