MANY people will see tomorrow’s visit of Peterborough as a golden opportunity for the Owls to pick up momentum with a second successive win.
They convincingly beat basement club Ipswich last Saturday after a run of 10 games without a victory and now could hardly have picked a better game than a Hillsborough clash against another bottom-four side.
The Owls’ cause was aided last week by a woeful show by Ipswich but Perborough could be more dangerous opposition and seem to be on the up after an awful start to the season.
They lost their first seven Championship games but have won four of their last six and have just pulled off back-to-back home victories against Huddersfield and Derby, 3-1 and 3-0.
Those results have co-incided with the arrival in the side of Saido Berahino, a 19-year-old striker from African country Burundi who is loan from West Brom and scored two against Derby last Saturday.
The familiar figure of George Boyd is another threat: the forward who was a thorn in Wednesday’s side two seasons ago volleyed a goal described by his manager Darren Ferguson as world class, against Huddersfield, and hit another very good one in the same match.
But Boyd could have been an Ipswich player by now: a move to Portman Road fell through on deadline day in August, and he looks on the way out of London Road as he turned down a contract offer in the summer and his current deal expires next year.
It seems that Boyd and Ipswich have had an up and down time this season.
After those seven successive defeats, Posh produced two away wins on the trot, 3-1 at Hull and 2-0 at Barnsley. They then lost 1-0 at home to Forest and 1-0 at Watford, but beat Huddersfield and Derby. Ferguson has said that some of Boyd’s performances were poor, by the player’s own admission, before his return to form and that he was unsettled for a time after the move to Ipswich fell through.
So with Ferguson’s side appearing to be unpredictable, and Wednesday having looked good even against top-10 sides and picked up the boost of last Saturday’s win, tomorrow’s game could be one with extra spice.
The Posh manager says: “I was never worried when we lost seven games in a row to start the season. We were getting written off in some quarters and quite rightly, but I knew I had a Championship team in that dressing room.
“In hindsight the Wolves game (a 2-0 home defeat last month) did me a huge favour, There was so much wrong with that performance it forced me into making numerous changes.
“I never felt under pressure because I knew I would be judged at the end of the season rather than after seven matches, but I knew I had a fair bit to sort out.
“And all credit to the players because they have shown some tremendous bottle and excellent form in the last few weeks.”