It has been a mixed start to the season for Peterborough United, who find themselves sixth in the Sky Bet League One table.

When you read that, things do not seem too bad, but Posh fans are a difficult bunch to please, and three defeats in a row have got many questioning the side’s ability to achieve promotion.

Many managers have come and failed, to help Posh return to the Sky Bet Championship since Darren Ferguson’s side were relegated from the second tier back in 2013.

Ferguson has masterminded Peterborough’s last two promotions as a football club, but does he have what it takes to take Posh up this season?

We have collected some stats comparing Posh’s performances so far this season against the opening 24 games of the previous four campaigns to see how they are getting on.

The first thing we looked at is goals scored. Darren Ferguson has a reputation at Posh for goals being scored. “You score four, we’ll score five,” was the motto during the promotion campaign back in 2010/11 and that is what was expected again this year.

As you can see from the graph above, this season has been Posh’s second-highest scoring season out of the last five. The club have managed three more goals than they had at this stage last year, which when you consider the club-record signing of Mo Eisa, may be slightly disappointing.

Posh had been on fire at the start of the season, but two goals in their last five league games have really slowed them down.

The graph shows that the opening 24 games of the 2015/16 campaign were when Posh were their most prolific, scoring an impressive 49 goals. Dave Robertson began that season as the boss but was replaced by Graham Westley in September. The majority of goals in those first 24 games came from Conor Washington.