As the abysmal run of losses continues, the heat seems to have been turned up for manager Graham Westley. Posh are now in a rut of three straight losses, with just one goal scored in this short time, it is the former Stevenage mangers’ job to perform a u-turn of form.
Tuesday’s defeat to second bottom Oldham Athletic set the alarm bells ringing as we endure our worst run of form since Westley took to the hot-seat. There were a few flickers of a return to winning ways, Marcus Maddison looked threatening in spells from his interchangeable attacking midfield position but overall Posh failed to carve out enough goal-scoring chances.
A rejuvenated Swindon side look to be turning the screw following the permanent arrival of manager Luke Williams. Three wins on the spin replicate play-off challenging from, but in all honesty the terrible start under Mark Cooper has probably stumped their chances of a late push. Nicky Ajose had hit scintillating form in recent weeks, a brace in the 4-1 demolition of Colchester and a spell-binding hat-trick last time out against Blackpool, means the former Posh man arrives at the ABAX full of confidence.
It is extremely difficult to predict the starting line-up in these testing times, but keeping our attacking threats in the team is a must. Marcus Maddison showed glimpses of brilliant on Tuesday; Jon Taylor is another name that can produce something from nothing. The recurring issue at left-back needs to sorted before it gets further out of hand, a player of Harry Toffolo’s ability should have a place nailed down. As simple as his goal was, Soulymane Coulibaly will expect to keep his place, with the more physical Angol lining up next to him.
Posh claimed all three points in the reverse fixture at the county ground, Jon Taylor opening the scoring, and Lee Angol capitalising on a poor error at the back. Ben Gladwin looks the most threatening player in red that day, but the powerful attacking midfielder has since returned to QPR. Posh will be missing several key names that contributed that day, but will hope to emerge with the same result.