By Tony Leighton
Peterborough United should win Sky Bet League 1, reckons Rotherham United's Lee Frecklington - but, says the former Posh midfielder, when the two teams meet on Saturday his old side will find points hard to come by.
Frecklington spent four years at London Road before joining the Millers, initially on loan 11 months ago, twice having helped Posh to reach the Championship and then playing a part in Rotherham's climb from League 2 last term.
Following Peterborough's fall and Rotherham's rise Frecklington is set to face his old team for the first time in a clash of promotion hopefuls at the New York Stadium, where he says the Millers will be up against the title favourites.
"With the type of football Peterborough use and the players they've got," Frecklington told football-league.co.uk, "they should win the League. They will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season, I'm sure about that.
"When the fixtures came out Peterborough was the first one I was looking for. They're on a great run now and I know how good they are. I know how they play and so I know that we're in for a difficult game.
"But at home and playing on top of our game, I know we will give them a good game. We're unbeaten after eight league matches [home and away] and that's a great start. We've just got to hope we're on top of our game."
After their fine start Rotherham are lying fifth in the table, three places and three points below Peterborough. Millers fans are dreaming of a second successive promotion, and the players have the same hopes says Frecklington.
"A lot of teams that come up from League 2 do quite well," he said, "because there's not that much difference between the two divisions although obviously you do get the bigger clubs coming down from the Championship.
"But we've got a lot of players that have played in League 1 before and some have played in the Championship as well, so I was quietly confident when we came up that, with the players we've got, we would do okay.
"Hopefully we can push for back-to-back promotions. We can give anybody a game on our day and if we keep performing and try to maintain our unbeaten record for as long as possible, then we'll be at the right end of the table."
Victory on Saturday would put the Millers level on points with Posh and boost their hopes of producing a concerted promotion drive. And if Frecklington can add to his four goals to date, might that help him prove a point?
"Not really," said the 28-year-old midfield man. "I just want to do well for myself and if I can show what they missed out on, fair enough. But Peterborough's gone now, it's in the past and I'm a Rotherham player now."
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