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24 November 2012

Mick shares his matchday programme column pre Posh

Welcome back to Portman Road for the first of two home games in the space of four days, with Nottingham Forest here on Tuesday night.

With Peterborough down at the wrong end of the Championship table, like ourselves, that obviously adds to the importance of this afternoon's game - but every game is vital.

We need to react to what was a very disappointing performance and result at Leicester last weekend.

Before the game we talked about being hard to beat, not giving anything stupid away - then we went and did just that for their penalty early on. I wasn't sure if it was a foul at the time but that would have been irrelevant if we had cleared the danger when we had the chance.

We were awful after that. The manner of the goals we conceded was embarrassing. That defeat - or the way we went down - hurt me as the manager. I pride myself on my teams being hard to beat, resolute, organised and then playing good football as well. You have to do the first part of that though if you are going to be successful, the ugly side of the game, and we certainly didn't do that at Leicester.

Someone in the media asked me if I could take any positives out of the game, that puzzled me a bit! There is nothing positive about a 6-0 defeat but if I look over the four games we've played since I've been here - would I have taken six points from 12? Yes, I would and that is a positive.

The two games we have lost in that run - Palace and Leicester - are both good teams who I fully expect to be in the mix for promotion come the end of the season. I probably didn't expect to come away with three points from those matches but I expected us to play much better than we did. Our fans travel a long way to watch us and I never want them to see  performances like that again.

We picked over the bones of the Leicester game on the Monday and then you have to move on. It's all about the next game in football. I can't do anything about the past.

We have added three new players to the squad over the last week or so, with Bradley Orr, Kelly Youga and Tyrone Barnett coming in.

Bradley is a very experienced player at this level - and a very good player as well. I tried to sign him before when I was at Wolves and I'm delighted he's agreed to join us on loan until January.

Blackburn obviously don't need him at the moment, otherwise they would not have let him go out on loan but whether that situation changes in January, remains to be seen. It's not fair to talk about it becoming a permanent move at the moment. That is something we will discuss with Bradley and Blackburn at the right time.

Bradley's arrival means we can push Carlos (Edwards) up the park. He's excellent going forward and he certainly gave us a cutting edge against Burnley in our last game here. He's 34 but still had the pace three minutes from time to get behind their defence and put in a terrific cross for DJ's winning goal.

On the other side of the pitch, Kelly will give us some balance and cover at left-back when he is fully fit.

I watched him a lot when he was at Charlton and he did well there. He's had a bad injury which has held up his progress, but he's over that now and we've given him a chance here with a short-term deal. He's with us until January and we will see how things go from there.

We've also taken Tyrone on loan from Peterborough until January. He will give us some physical presence and will add to the competition for places up front although as part of the loan, he can't play this afternoon.

I'd like to welcome Darren Ferguson, his staff and the Peterborough players to Portman Road today. It's a huge game for both teams so as always, get behind the lads with your terrific support and together let's make home advantage count. Enjoy the game.


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