Ferguson guiding Peterborough in right direction
Posh winning two away games in the matter of a few days has to go down as a minor footballing miracle after our disastrous start to the Championship season.
Seven games in and we were rock bottom, had no wins, no points and seemingly no hope going into the away game against a Hull side with a 100% home record.
Then up stepped Emile Sinclair, a striker who has not become a huge hit with the fans since his arrival last season, but whose incredible hat-trick could prove to be one of the most important ever for the club.
I have watched a lot of games involving Sinclair and I have yet to see him have a good game. Yet he seems to have the ability to show up on certain days and take the game on by himself and have complete control over his often erratic pace, power, control and finishing abilities.
Maybe I am just a bad luck charm for him and should stay away from games for a while…
Getting off the mark like we did in the 3-1 win at Hull was one thing, but we were still well adrift of the other sides as we travelled to Barnsley on Tuesday night, who just last week impressed everyone in front of the Sky cameras with a total demolition of an albeit woeful Birmingham side on the night.
Darren Ferguson kept the same team (which did not include the likes of Gabriel Zakuani, Grant McCann or Lee Tomlin) and within 10 minutes we were in shock once again as we stormed into a 2-0 lead.
That’s how the game stayed and despite still being bottom we are now right in the mix, have a new found confidence and a first league clean sheet of the season to be celebrating.
I can guarantee there was not a single Posh fan who believed we could be quite so happy this week having been in such a desperate situation just a few days ago.
In fact it was getting pretty embarrassing and a couple of the performances were so far short of Championship quality that there were even people believing that Ferguson may have to move on.
But once again you have to admire Ferguson, not only for getting these two wins, but for how he has done it.
Dropping club captain Zakuani was huge call that could have backfired. As was the exclusions of McCann (a real fan favourite) and Tomlin (a key attacking player left out over Sinclair and Barnett who had both failed to score so far in the season).
Add to that leaving the god-like figure out of George Boyd in a previous game and he has proved that he is willing to make the big decisions that make or break managers – I wonder where he gets that from?
By all accounts Boyd has been back to his magical best in these two wins, so hopefully he and the rest of the team can keep this up so we can get ourselves off the bottom as soon as possible.