The Success of Peterborough’s Season
By Tommy Miller
Since relegation back to League 1 in 2013 on the final day of the Championship season, Peterborough have been fighting every season to return to the English second division. With 7 games remaining in the 2020/21 EFL League 1 calendar, Peterborough find themselves in a great position to finally get that promotion back to the Championship!
Due to the pandemic currently going on worldwide the 2020/21 football season is like no other, with a late start date and no fans for the majority of the year. Peterborough started the season off slowly, going out in the first round of the league cup and suffering two losses in their first three games. With the sale of star striker Ivan Toney in the summer of 2020 Posh fans would have been fearing for their season after the first few games. However, a turnaround in form saw the fans regain hope and aspirations with the Posh going on an 8-game unbeaten run in the league winning seven. A big contributor to this run was new striker Johnson Clarke-Harris who contributed six goals in these eight games. Brought into replace Ivan Toney, Clarke-Harris had big shoes to fill, and Peterborough look to have once again found a way to replace selling their star strikers.
As the season has gone on Peterborough have continued to show they are a top League 1 side fighting it out at the top throughout. As of 39 games played, the Posh have the best home record in the league with 45 points achieved from 19 games played. That is six points better off than promotion challengers Hull City and twelve points better off than Sunderland. Could this home form help achieve that goal of promotion to the Championship?
A stumbling block on the road to promotion is Peterborough’s away form, with it being nowhere near that of rival challengers allowing a chance for those around them to gain an advantage. With only seven games remaining, the Posh sit in second place three points off leaders Hull but with a game in hand to go tied. With four home games and three away games left for Peterborough the promotion charge is in their own hands with Sunderland and Hull left to face each other. The three away games look most important with the Posh needing to turn that away struggle around and pick up valuable points in the hunt for promotion to the Championship.
Key players will have to step up showing their ability and season form in the games that really matter, with seven games remaining that will make or break their season. Clarke-Harris will hope to continue the amazing season he is having so far alongside other fine attackers Sammie Szmodics, Joe Ward and Siriki Dembele. With fast free flowing attacking football, Peterborough are one of the teams to watch this season down to the ability they possess in attack. This will be needed more than ever if they’re to get over the line this season.
A stunning season from the Cambridgeshire team so far but can they see it off and finally return to the English second division after an eight-year absence?