POSH boss Darren Ferguson is full of confidence ahead of Sunday’s play-off first leg, and believes that if his side perform to their best, then there’s no stopping them.
Ferguson, who returned to the club in January after departing in acrimonious circumstances in 2009, was in charge for Posh’s 1-0 defeat at stadium:mk in March, but thinks his players are good enough to edge the two-legged tie.
He said: “If we play to the maximum of our ability we well win, I have no doubts about that.
“But I’m not expecting anything to be settled on Sunday. The sides are too closely matched to expect that.
“They don’t have an edge because they beat us at their place because we played very well that night and deserved something from it. If we repeat that level of performance and show a bit more ruthlessness in front of goal we must have a great chance.”
Ferguson echoed Karl Robinson’s intentions to approach the game in the same manner as any other, but thinks that his side can draw on their unsuccessful season in the Championship last year for some big-game experience.
“We won’t be changing the way we play and I don’t think they will change the way they play,” Ferguson said. “We’ll have to look after the ball well because they have players that can hurt us.
“But I know what I have in that dressing room and I’m confident they will love the big stage and the attention that goes with the play-offs.
“For four seasons in a row we’ve been involved in these big matches in front of big crowds in big stadiums, so we should be able to cope with the pressure.”
And the Peterborough boss admits that his side enjoy playing against Dons, and has told his players to imagine playing in the final for that extra bit of motivation.
He said: “We found some of the games difficult towards the end of the League One season because we need an ‘edge’ to produce our best, so I’m expecting us to be at our best in the play-offs.
“I will get my lads to visualise running out at Old Trafford in front of 70,000 people - what a great end to the season that would be.”