Peterborough revival gives fans Christmas cheer in fight to stay up
Peterborough United looked a sure bet for relegation at the beginning of December after recording just four wins and a draw from 19 Championship outings.
However, going into the busy Christmas schedule Posh fans have reason to cheer, with Darren Ferguson’s side worth backing at 3/1 to win their third straight game away at Wolves on Boxing Day.
A shocking 2-1 win against table-toppers Cardiff shocked the league as bottom-club Peterborough proved anyone really can beat anyone in the Championship.
It was Cardiff’s first home defeat of the season, and brought an end to their 10-game win streak at the Cardiff City Stadium, a record previously unrivalled across Europe.
A 5-4 goal-fest at home to Bolton proved that there is fight in the Midlands outfit – which has been missing all too often during a term of regular defeats.
This mini-spell of victories will be greatly welcomed at a time when the games are coming at English teams thick and fast.
After their trip to Molineux, Peterborough face fellow relegation contenders Barnsley and Bristol City within a week.
Two out of three wins from these games could provide the spark at London Road that is needed to stay in the division over the rest of the campaign.
Posh have secured two triumphs on the bounce twice this season, and everyone connected with the club will be hoping their latest back-to-back wins don’t prove a false dawn for the third time.
Three points take from Hull and Barnsley – both on the road – were followed by successive defeats although Huddersfield and Derby were then conquered in a row as Peterborough found their form.
Against the Terriers, George Boyd struck a wonder-goal from 50 yards to reiterate his exceptional abilities. Boyd on top form will be required if Posh are to cement foundations to stave off the drop.
Unfortunately for him and his team-mates, this run of four wins from six was not built upon, and confidence drifted away during eight games without a win.
Ferguson Junior saw his team break that win-less streak against Cardiff, and will be praying the subsequent matches after this latest brace of triumphs will take a different course.
One thing that has been hard to come by for Peterborough is a regular goalscorer, ever since Craig Mackail-Smith ended his five-year spell at the club in 2011.
Brighton are now the beneficiaries of the Scottish international’s talents, but Posh’s move for League Two striker Dwight Gayle in November appears a masterstroke.
Gayle was plucked by Dagenham and Redbridge on loan with a view to a permanent move in January, and has rewarded Ferguson’s boldness with five goals in just four games.
If the 22-year-old can keep scoring, and Peterborough can build on their back-to-back wins this time, then the Posh can make a mockery of their 2/5 odds-on for a return to League One.
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