POSH boss Darren Ferguson believes Dons will provide the toughest test for his side in their season’s run in when they meet tonight.
The sides go head-to-head at stadium:mk with both looking to cement themselves in the League One play-off places, while automatic promotion is not yet out of the question for Ferguson’s men.
However, top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith has been subject to a rejected transfer bid from Championship side Norwich City, unsettling the division’s top scorer ahead of the big game. Although he is expected to start against Dons.
Ferguson is looking forward to the clash, and says he enjoys the rivalry between the two clubs.
He said: “These games against MK Dons are always special occasions. There is always an edge to them, probably because we seem to battle with them for promotion every year.
“This one will be no different. They are a very good footballing side in very good form and so are we. In fact they play in a very similar way to us. They play at a good tempo and use the width of the pitch very well.
“Every manager believes his team are capable of winning every match and we are certainly good enough to win tonight, but it promises to be the toughest game we have left.
“There is a healthy rivalry on and off the pitch, but I look forward to playing them and tonight should be a great match.”
Ferguson, who returned to Peterborough in January, has seen his side shore up the defence, which had been leaking goals under former boss Gary Johnson, while continuing with their frightening goal-scoring prowess.
But wary of Dons’ recent record - which is identical to that of Peterborough’s five wins in six games - Ferguson knows his side will have to be on their A-game.
“We’ll have to be at our best to get anything,” he said. “We will certainly have to defend well at times because they will put us under pressure.
“But I was encouraged by the way we played excellent football in the first half at Sheffield Wednesday last week and then defended superbly when we had to in the second half.
“It showed that all parts of our game are in order and they will need to be for the rest of the season. It’s a great opportunity for us to get into the top two, but there will be more twists and turns before the end of the season.”