PREVIEW Posh vs Bury

There were glimpses of a return to form during Saturday’s 2-1 Swindon Town, but football is a results based business and a return to winning ways would be more than welcome. Influential wide-man Marcus Maddison was a bright-spark for Posh and will have to be on the ball again if Posh are to have any chance of beating Bury.westley

The Shakers come off the back of a strange run of form, beginning the month with two demolitions at the hands of Barnsley and Coventry respectively. They have since turned their form around, losing just one of their last four.

At the moment it seems as if Posh are closer to a relegation fight than late play-off charge but manager Graham Westley believes not: “It might seem ludicrously ambitious to even talk about the play-offs right now,” Westley admitted. “But I have managed teams who have won nine of their last 11 games, 14 of their last 15 games and 16 out of their last 16 games to win promotion so I know it can be done”.

Several key names are expected to return ahead of the trip to Gigg Lane, but Ben Alnwick is still sidelines by an ankle injury so Stuart Moore should start. Michael Bostwick returns from a two match suspension, but after a man of the match performance at the weekend Harry Beautyman will hope to keep is his place.oztumer red

Midfield duo Jon Taylor and Chris Forrester will face late fitness tests, with the latter being a vital cog in the Posh’s engine room. Finally, there could be yet another change at left-back. Andrew Fox was withdrawn with half an hour to play on Saturday, therefore either Kgosi Nthle or Harry Tofollo.

Graham Westley tasted home defeat in the reverse fixture at the ABAX. Erhun Oztumer’s early dismissal, lead to Posh falling behind. Gaby Zakuani reversed the arrears scoring his first two goals of the season. But a powerful volley from Nathan Cameron and a late strike from Tom Pope sealed Posh feat.

 

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