Wycombe Wanderers manager Matt Bloomfield has praised his opposite number Darren Ferguson as his side prepares to take on promotion-pushing Peterborough United this weekend.

The Chairboys face the Posh at Adams Park after securing their first away league victory in nearly four months last Saturday, with a 3-1 victory at struggling Cheltenham Town.

That triumph lifted Wanderers up to 15th in the League One table.

However, midweek results when Wycombe did not play, which includes 10-man Peterborough’s 2-1 loss away at Exeter City have seen the Chairboys drop down one place.

And despite being four points above the relegation zone, Bloomfield was full of praise for Fergusson as the Posh is currently in fourth, three points off the automatic promotion places.

Bloomfield said: “We know that one of their players won’t be able to play.

“We need to expect a possession-based team with attacking intent on the pitch, so we have to be resilient at the back and keep our defensive shape as they’re a good team.

“They’ve come back off a long trip last night with a sending-off that might change Darren’s thoughts on Saturday, but he’s consistent with his team’s selection and he has a deep belief of what he thinks is right.”

On Ferguson, who will take charge of his 585th game in charge of the club in what is his fourth spell as manager, Bloomfield continued: “He’s done an incredible job at Peterborough over different times.

“I think they’re consistent, we know their shape, and we need to be prepared for that.

“Darren is a guy that I know quite well.

“When I was at Colchester, he [Darren Ferguson] came to visit me a few times to have an overview of training and we’ve kept in contact since.

“He’s someone who I think highly of, and he’s done a brilliant job as a manager over several years, and has great success.

“His team play football in a distinct style, possession and attacking, so they’ll want to attack and control the ball on Saturday.

“We need to be sound and solid.

“We have got a good threat too and we need to make sure we fight fire with fire.”

Bloomfield also confirmed that despite some of his players missing training this week due to ‘knocks’, there are no fresh injury updates.

He added: “We have got optimism for the future.

“The boys are in a good spot as we’re going through all the data, our details, and performances and we’re pleased with the football we’re playing.

“There’s loads for us to get better at, but we’re happy with the signings we’ve made and we’re eager to get on with these games.”

The last five meetings between the two sides in all competitions:

2019/20: Peterborough United 4-0 Wycombe Wanderers

2022/23: Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Peterborough United

2022/23: Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Peterborough United

2022/23: Peterborough United 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers

2023/24: Peterborough United 2-2 Wycombe Wanderers