Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson was pleased with the battling qualities shown by his players in their 2-2 comeback draw at Crewe, but a propensity to leak goals could put paid to the Cambridgeshire club’s hopes of lifting the League One title in May.
Ferguson’s side are 9/2 second favourites to finish the season top of the third tier, behind 5/4 market leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
On current form, however, league leaders Leyton Orient look a far better proposition at 11/1 as the familiar problem of staying tight at the back has resurfaced at London Road.
Posh were relegated from the Championship last term despite out-scoring every other team in the bottom half.
The loss of last season’s leading scorer Dwight Gayle to Crystal Palace has not had the detrimental effect on their scoring prowess that was expected.
New signing from Watford Britt Assombalonga has managed four league goals in five games, with Tyrone Barnett chipping in with three strikes.
It is in defence that Ferguson’s men have to improve as, of the top-half teams, only Crawley have conceded more than Peterborough’s seven goals.
Bottom club Bristol City, who are Peterborough’s next opponents, were the one Championship team that let in more than Posh last season and of Ferguson’s summer recruits, only Assombalonga has been given a run in the team this campaign.
They face a Robins side unbeaten in the last four matches before taking on MK Dons, whose only loss this season came against Premier League Sunderland after 120 minutes in the Capital One Cup.
With Orient and Wolves both ahead of Posh having played a game less, Ferguson will have to find the right formula at the back if they are to keep themselves in contention for automatic promotion straight back to the second tier as League One champions.