Sheffield Wednesday: Posh boosted by Owls blows

Jermaine Johnson will be missed by Wednesday, says Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson
Jermaine Johnson will be missed by Wednesday, says Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson
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Peterborough are hoping to benefit from the absence of Owls speed merchants Michail Antonio and Jermaine Johnson today.

Antonio is definitely out and JJ unlikely to appear - which leaves Posh boss Darren Ferguson pleased with a reduction in the Wednesday team’s pace.

Ferguson still regards goal-poacher Leroy Lita as a danger but is backing his team to overcome a “very strong and experienced Sheffield Wednesday side.”

He said: “Wednesday have lost a bit of pace from their attack because of injuries, but they have plenty of good players and they will no doubt come with an effective game plan which we will have to overcome.

“Opposition teams tend to defend deep against us because of the threat of Dwight Gayle. They have a threat in Leroy Lita as well. He will need watching, particularly in the penalty area.”

Ferguson is encouraged by the way fourth-from-bottom Posh have kept themselves alive despite losing 16 of their first 21 Championship matches.

“We’ve spent all season playing cup finals thanks to the start we suffered,” Ferguson insisted. “We were battling to stay in touch with the rest of the division, then we were battling to get out of the bottom three and now we are battling to stay out of the bottom three.

“We’ve had pressure matches all season and we’ve responded. This game is only different because if we do slip up there is no time left to put things right.

“I’ve had a lot of experience in big end-of-season matches and so have my players. Generally we’ve succeeded so I’m confident we will tomorrow against a very strong, and experienced Sheffield Wednesday side.”

Peterborough are on 51 points and Wednesday on 55, in 18th place. Owls defender Danny Pugh said: “Nine times out of 10 the points we’ve already got would make us safe. We’re not.

“We just have to make sure we get over the line and survive.”