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Johnson backed to turn things around at stuttering Peterborough

| 17.11.2010

Darragh MacAnthony has given his full backing to Peterborough boss Gary Johnson as he attempts to halt a disappointing run of results in League One.

Peterborough have slipped out of the play-off places following three defeats in four league games, two of which have been at home to fellow promotion contenders Brighton and Charlton.

This has left them nine points adrift of leaders Brighton and they have drifted out to 10/1 to win League One this season.

However, chairman MacAnthony is not getting two downbeat on the results and will not be making any rash decisions, particularly after the club got through three managers last season.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: “I don’t need to give him a vote of confidence. I made a lot of mistakes last season and the last thing I’m going to do is start pressing the panic button.

“The players know they’ve let us down, we don’t need to be on top of them even more and make it worse than it is. We’ve got to support the boys and the manager. I feel we need to remain a little bit calm.”

Peterborough face a massive game in League One next as they travel to pre-season title favourites Southampton.

They are 7/2 to win away to Southampton and much will come down to how solid they are in defence.

Peterborough currently have the worst defensive record in League One despite their relatively hefty position, as they have conceded just over two goals in each game on average across their opening 16 fixtures.

Southampton have never faced Peterborough in a league game, but have won in two of the three cup meetings to have taken place between the pair since 1996.

It is 8/11 that Southampton beat Peterborough and extend their winning run to five victories in six games in all competitions. See the complete Southampton vs Peterborough match betting odds market.

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