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Skubala positive ahead of Peterborough clash

26 January 2024

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Skubala positive ahead of Peterborough clash

26 January 2024

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Head coach Michael Skubala is in good spirits ahead of the visit of high-flying Peterborough United on Saturday (3pm KO).

The Imps go into the match looking to build on an impressive performance against Derby County last weekend, from which they almost took all three points.

Following that goalless draw against the promotion-chasers, Skubala knows it will be another tough challenge against the division's second-placed team but says there is plenty to be optimistic about.

He said: "It feels like we went through quite a few tough games during the Christmas period, but the group feels in a different place now. For the Blackpool game we had 11 players out for instance, so things are looking better in that regard.

"We know Derby were strong and we also know Peterborough are. For me, they're probably the best possession-based team in the league. Darren Ferguson has got them going, they're coached well and they haven't lost in 11.

"We might have to do some slightly different things tactically, but we still need to be aggressive when we can be, and good with the ball. If we go after them we can do every bit as well as we did against Derby.

"Peterborough make the game open and are very good at drawing you down. Their front four are fast and quick, and they try to stretch the pitch."

Young front pairing Freddie Draper and Joe Taylor impressed in the match with the Rams, and Skubala is sure there is more to come from the duo.

He added: "So far, so good. There is still lots of headroom for growth - especially in their relationship together. I liked what I saw against Derby and they were both a real threat. Freddie with his strength and what he brings, and Joe with his electric pace getting in behind.

"They've done really well so far and are still young and new to League One. Like all young players there will be peaks and troughs, but I think what we're seeing now is a real threat to the last line of defence.”

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