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Ferguson: Play-off place vital

Darren Ferguson insists Peterborough remain focused on a play-off spot despite nearing their first Wembley appearance since 2000.

The Posh boss and his players have spent this week out and about in the city promoting the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Chesterfield which will take place on Sunday, March 30.

However, before a return to the national stadium for the first time since 2000 Peterborough play fellow Sky Bet League One promotion hopefuls Rotherham and Preston.

"Of course we are all looking forward to Wembley, but it is vital that we stay focussed on two very important and tough league matches before then," said Ferguson, whose team host the Millers on Saturday before travelling to Deepdale on Tuesday night.

"The players understand that the games against Rotherham and Preston are the priority right now.

"Winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy was one of our major targets at the beginning of the season, but promotion has always been the number one goal. We can think about enjoying Wembley after these two games.

"We had a good win at MK Dons last week and we need to carry that form into this weekend. Everyone knows we have been too inconsistent and this is a good time to string some good results together.

"There will be no better way to go into a final at Wembley on the back of two more excellent results."

Peterborough's last Wembley appearance saw them defeat Darlington in the then-Division Three play-off final immediately prior to the national stadium's redevelopment.

Posh would have played at the new stadium in 2011 but Old Trafford was the stage for their League One play-off victory over Huddersfield as that year's Champions League final was being held at Wembley.