Posh boss Ferguson expects fiery derby clash against 'dangerous' Northampton

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Darren Ferguson
'They play in a certain way and they are very good at it. It delivered them a promotion after all.'

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson is expecting a derby clash full of blood and thunder when his side face Northampton this weekend despite the absence of supporters.

The first Cobblers-Posh league fixture for over two years will be a unique occasion with no supporters allowed into the PTS Academy Stadium due to coronavirus restrictions, however Ferguson doesn't think that will have too much of an impact.

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“It’s a tough game, but it’s a very big one for the players and the fans so it’s one we are desperate to win," he said.

“The teams will have to generate their own atmosphere because of the absence of fans, but I believe both teams will be just as committed and passionate as they would be playing in front of a full house.

“I’m expecting a typically competitive clash even with no fans in the ground, but my players know what to expect and they will be ready.”

Peterborough have yet to claim a point on the road this season and despite being odds-on with the bookies, Ferguson believes his side are in for a tough test.

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“Northampton are very dangerous opponents,” he added. “They play in a certain way and they are very good at it. It delivered them a promotion after all.

“They will be aggressive, they will be in our faces from the first minute, they will send plenty of balls into our penalty area and if we don’t stand up to them we will be in for a tough afternoon. We have to meet that challenge before we can impose our game on them. It’s going be tough for both sides. Neither team will want to give an inch. It will be frenetic.

“We will certainly have to start better than we did last week. The start of the match could set the tone for 90 minutes. We need to play with the intensity we showed in the second-half against Swindon from the first whistle."