PETERBOROUGH United have proved the bookies wrong in the first two months of the season.
Along with Rovers, promoted Posh were one of the favourites to be relegated but they go into tomorrow’s game at home game against them flying high in seventh place on goal difference having banked 13 points from nine games.
Three of their four wins have come at home where only Hull City have won in the league. The best of their home wins was a 7-1 thrashing of fancied Ipswich Town which gave lie to the argument that they would struggle to score in the second tier of English football without last season’s top scorer Craig Makail-Smith, who moved to Brighton in a £2m plus deal in the summer.
The Posh won promotion to the Championship from League One in 2008-09 playing attacking football under Darren Ferguson and did likewise last season following his return to the club after an unsuccessful spell in charge at Preston North End, who subsequently exchanged divisions.
He appears to have learnt the lessons of the club’s relegation season, but the emphasis is still on scoring more goals than the opposition.
They are second top scorers on 17 behind leaders Southampton on 20, but the 13 goals conceded is the second highest number in the top half of the table, only the Tractor Boys having let more in.
The fact that Peterborough have yet to keep a clean sheet this season will not have gone un-noticed by new Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders, who will be in charge of his first away game since taking charge.