Darren Ferguson described Peterborough’s 4-0 defeat away at Cardiff City on Wednesday evening as “a humiliation and a complete embarrassment” as he saw his side slip to their 18th league defeat of the campaign.
The Posh have taken just one point from their last six games, while they have only won one of their last 14 league fixtures.
Nonetheless, they remain just two points from safety with a game in hand over 21st-placed Reading, who they face in a huge six-pointer next week.
Sixteen of Peterborough’s 20 points have come at the West Homes Stadium this season, meaning that they have picked up a higher percentage of points on home turf (80%) than any side in the Championship.
Ferguson’s side have the worst defence in the division, conceding 59 goals and failing to keep a clean sheet since the end of November.
Preston’s 0-0 stalemate against Huddersfield Town on Wednesday was their 12th draw of the campaign – no side in the Championship have seen more games end level this season.
It did extend their unbeaten run to five games though, and they are quickly becoming a very stubborn side under Ryan Lowe.
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Indeed, since the former Plymouth Argyle boss was appointed in December, the Lilywhites have lost just one of 10 league matches.
The Lancashire outfit have won three of their last five away games and have kept three successive clean sheets on the road.
Preston have also won all of their last four league meetings with Peterborough. Patrick Bauer’s 14th-minute header gave them a 1-0 victory in this season’s reverse fixture at Deepdale in August