Preview | Swansea City v Peterborough United
Russell Martin will hope to extend Swansea City’s fine home form by getting the better of one of his former managers when Peterborough United visit the Swansea.com Stadium this afternoon (3pm).
Swansea head coach Martin played under Darren Ferguson for the Posh, with the son of Sir Alex handing the defender the captaincy on their way to promotion from League One in 2009.
The pair have a warm mutual respect for each other, which has been evident in the build up to a match that marks Ferguson’s 500th in charge of his club.
But any pleasantries will wait until after the final whistle with three points at stake.
The Swans have won their last three at home, and have lost just once in SA1 since Martin’s appointment as head coach.
Peterborough, meanwhile, have climbed out of the relegation zone with wins over Hull and QPR, and are looking to win a third second-tier game in a row for just the third time in their history.
Midfielder Flynn Downes is fit again and available for selection as Russell Martin has a full squad to select from.
Martin has also seen a number of his squad benefit from a run out with the club’s under-23s team earlier this week.
Steven Benda, Liverpool loanee Rhys Williams, Brandon Cooper, Jay Fulton, Liam Walsh, Yan Dhanda, Morgan Whittaker and Liam Cullen all featured for 90 minutes in a 2-0 win against Watford.
Russell Martin: “They just show that you can have two good results and it can make a big difference to how things look in the table and propel you up the league,” said Martin.
“They will pose a real threat, they did a brilliant job in getting promoted last year and they are fighting to try and make sure they stay in this league for at least another year.
“They have been competitive in every game, they may not have been winning as much as they would like but they have been in every game.
“They are difficult to play against, they have a lot of energy and some really good players.
“They also have a manager who I have a lot of respect for having worked with him earlier in my career.
“So, it will be a tough test, but the test for us is to turn it into the sort of game we want it to be at home.”
Darren Ferguson: “Swansea are a possession-based side, they have always had that identity and in Russell Martin, they have a manager who likes to play that way.
"He did it at Milton Keynes Dons and nothing much has changed in terms of the style. I always thought that he would go into management when I had him as a player and he has done well.
"I look forward to seeing him on Saturday."
Remember the last time?
David Cotterill sent the Swans on their way to victory as his penalty proved the difference against Peterborough on the Posh’s last visit to SA1 in February 2010.
The Wales international kept his cool from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Charlie Lee, with this result providing the Swans with their 19th clean sheet of the campaign.
However, the victory was tainted by an injury sustained by Ferrie Bodde, however, with the Dutch midfielder making his first start in six months.
3 – This fixture will be just the third league meeting between these sides since January 2001.
500 – This game will mark Darren Ferguson’s 500th as manager of Peterborough United across his three spells with the club.