Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson is not underestimating Rochdale ahead of their clash at the weekend, despite their strong recent form which has seen them win their last three League One games.

Peterborough United come into this weekend’s game against Rochdale in fine form, winning their last three League One games, with their last coming before the international break in a comfortable 3-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Sunderland.

However, manager Darren Ferguson is not getting carried away with Posh’s strong form and is not underestimating Rochdale, praising Brian Barry-Murphy’s side as “organised” and “technically gifted”. Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, Ferguson said:

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“The expectation will be for us to win tomorrow, purely because it’s Rochdale we are playing. But that’s illogical. Trust me we are playing against a very good side tomorrow. They are technically gifted and they are very well organised.

“We know that when we play with discipline we will be competitive in this league because of the players we have, but those standards have to be maintained or we will get beaten. It’s frustrating we didn’t have a game last weekend, but it did give me the opportunity to have a look at some players who haven’t been in the team.

“We’ve had one Trophy game and two reserve games and many players did themselves no harm in those games.

“Idris Kanu, for instance, scored three goals in those three games. I’ve always liked Idris. I tried to sign him for my previous club, but Peterborough beat me to him. He’s now showing that potential was real. He is far from the finished article, but he is getting there. He’s a player that needs good coaching and plenty of encouragement.

“We have 20 outfield players now until January and the chances are we will need them all at some stage. We now face three games in a week so I might need to freshen the team up at some point.”


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