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Positive vibes from the City camp ahead of Posh visit.

.Peterborough Unitedtold press on Friday morning that his table-topping squad were looking fresh and confident ahead of Saturday’s home fixture withMalky Mackay

“It’s been a really good week,” the Gaffer began. “Last week we had a shortened week because we played on the Sunday and the Friday.

“This week we've got the extra day, so I’ve given them a couple of days off. The pitch has been a little bit frosty down here but we’ve trained really well at the Stadium, putting a couple of good sessions in. It’s been a good period of recovery.

“Everyone that was with us last weekend is with us again this week, obviously barring Mark Hudson (who serves a one-match suspension). Peter Whittingham will wear the armband in his absence. 

“Tommy Smith has started with the physios and the outdoor work; he’s going to need at least a good hard week of training with us though and that’s once they give him over to us. So we’re still looking at maybe another couple of weeks on that one.

“I’m cautious of rushing Tommy back because I want to make sure that I’ve got him for a full half-season, rather than throwing him back in and seeing him get another injury for the next six to eight weeks. He didn’t play much football last season, but in the games that he has played for us he’s been absolutely excellent and has made an invaluable contribution.”

And with reference to City’s weekend opponents Peterborough, Malky warned of complacency or over-confidence against the division’s bottom club.

“They’re in a situation where they need to win as many games as they can, so we will treat them just the same as we treat anyone else,” he continued. 

“They are a dangerous team that on another day might have beaten Middlesbrough last week. The minute that you start judging if you’re going to win or not by the league table you’re in trouble. 

"We’ll use our normal game plan – we’ve had them watched three times recently as we always do.”