View from the South Stand - Peterborough United
Brighton and Hove Albion host a
fellow promoted team in Peterborough United on Saturday.
The focus of attention is bound to be on former Posh striker Craig Mackail-Smith
as he faces his former team for the first time since his
transfer to the Albion.
We asked Jamie from the Peterborough
fans Podcast standingontheglebe.co.uk
for his thoughts ahead of the game.
Last time you were in the Championship it proved to be a
bit of struggle. How do you see yourselves getting on this
time out in the Championship it was a horror show, and easily
the worst of my 28 seasons watching The Posh. This time
round, I have to believe we will avoid relegation, and even
hope that we avoid the relegation battle. If we carry on
playing our own way, like we have done so far then we will
be fine. We are unbeaten at London Road since November in
the league, and that needs to continue. I am going for a
comfortable 14th place finish.
Having seen the Championship
and League One up close in the last few seasons, what
do you think are the main differences between the leagues
and what do you need to do to have the success that Norwich
and to a lesser extent Leeds and Millwall had last year?
think mistakes are punished far more in the Championship
than L1 and that is something that both Posh and Brighton
will need to learn quickly. This league is full of teams
with Championship experienced cloggers who make the game
tough to play in - Palace are a fine example. I think
the promoted teams that did well last season went about
things in the roughly the same way that Posh, Brighton
and Saints are this year. They didn't throw around £15K
a week wages on the aforementioned championship cloggers,
they gave players from L1 their chance to shine. I really
hope it works out for all 3 promoted teams this time out.
We battered Ipswich last week, a team full of experience
at this level and the maddest thing about that day was
that players like Chopra and Ellington looked like they
couldn't give a shit.
"Never go back" is a well used term in football,
as we found to our cost when Micky Adams
do you think that, so far, it has worked out again second
time around with Darren Fergusson?
and our chairman, Darragh Macanthony had a fiery relationship
during his first spell in charge, indeed both have described
it as a marriage. They separated, had a string of affairs
(in PUFC's case) and now have found that the grass is
not always greener and they are now back together, stronger
than ever. That combination is one of our strongest assets
as a football club.
Peterborough gained a bit of
a reputation for being brilliant going forward and a bit
ropey at the back. Is that still the case, particularly
in light of the 7-1 demolition of Ipswich?
Gary Johnson, we were an entertaining shambles. When Fergie
came back to London Road he changed the shape, gave the
back four some much needed midfield cover by using the
diamond formation, and it worked. We kept our fair share
of clean sheets in the second half of the season, including
at home in the play-off semis and again in the final.
Having said that, we haven't kept a clean sheet yet this
season. Ryan Bennett, our young, ball-playing central
defender is another one to watch.
There is bound to be a lot of attention around Craig Mackail-Smith
for this game. What was the reaction to his sale to "little
old Brighton" when clubs like West Ham, Leicester,
QPR and Norwich were sniffing around?
all had this little daydream of turning on Match Of The
Day and seeing CMS terrorise the overpaid Premiership
defenders but it was not to be. We banked the cash from
his sale, and we have to be happy with that considering
he cost us £125,000. I was surprised he went to
Brighton rather than disappointed. We all genuinely wish
the lad all the best for the future. He will always be
very welcome back at London Road
He's begun the season really well for us so far and is
already proving a big favourite with his workrate. What
sort of reaction can he expect from the Peterborough support?
just never gives up does he! I am pleased he has gone
to a club where he is playing, is a star player and the
fans love him already. Maybe if he had gone to Wigan,
West Ham etc he would have been on the bench a lot and
not been that team figurehead. In
League One last year he just terrified defenders into
making mistakes. In the last 15 minutes of games, when
teams are tiring and he is still running around, he is
a great threat. The other great thing about him is his
willingness to work hard on his game. Two years ago, it
was a running joke amongst the fans that he could not
finish one on ones. He spent extra training sessions working
on it, and we all got to see the stunning results of that
practice last season. He
will get a fantastic reception before the game, with his
name sung loudly and proudly. Once the game starts, as
tough as it will be, he has to become just another player.
It will be very very strange hearing his name being sung
by another set of fans
I am welling up just writing
London Road is one of our most
popular away days. We noticed that when Palace visited
you, the away terrace behind the goal was still in use
despite reports it was going this summer. What's the situation
as it is arguably the finest remaining old style stand
to watch football in the country?
I am talking to a Brighton fan, I won't moan too much
about Councils, planning permissions and general ineptitude
when it comes to ground matters but that away fans terracing
will be coming down in Oct/Nov (only four months behind schedule.
It will be replaced by a 2500 capacity all seater stand
(don't get me started on that!)
Posh obviously had their fair
share of visits to Withdean down the years which we can
only apologise for. Are you looking forward to visiting
The Amex and staying dry?
before CMS signed, the Amex was a ground that many Posh
fans had down as "must go to" game. We should
be bringing about 1700 which is pretty good for a club
with our attendances. It's a shame that the game falls
on the same weekend as Peterboroughs' premier cultural
event (The Beer Festival), so I won't be attending the
What did you make of Gus Poyet and the Albion team last
season in our games against each other?
have a bit of a soft spot for Brighton thanks to the "And
Smith must score
" and your ground problems
so I enjoyed seeing you up there, especially with the
standard of football. I honestly think that with CMS and
Buckley (who I really like) you can make the top 6 this
year. Your win at London Road was the beginning of the
end for Tragic Johnson so in a strange way, we should
thank you for that 3-0 hammering. Poyet is a rising star,
but he genuinely seems to love you lot, so fingers crossed
for you that he stays if a better job is dangled in front
Finally, what's your prediction
for the game ahead?
prediction is 1-1. CMS will score, definitely. I just
hope he doesnt celebrate or go mad. Our main hope would
be that he plays against us like he did against his other
old team, Dagenham and Redbridge last season were it looked
like he was trying not to score! I fancy the "White
Pele" (George Boyd) to rattle one in from 25 yards
Any plugging to do?
Our match preview can be heard on this weeks podcast available
and via itunes.We
will record a match review on Sunday and get that out
to the world
thanks to Jamie for his insight into the forthcoming fixture.
You can follow Jamie on Twitter via @OnTheGlebe
and send him numerous tweets over the weekend, thanking
his club for Craig Mackail-Smith!