WE’LL WIN IT FOR THE FANS
Posh out to give supporters three points for Christmas
THE Posh players are determined to deliver three Christmas points as a present for 12 months of outstanding support from the club’s fans.
Popular centre-back Gaby Zakuani made the pledge ahead of the big Boxing Day Championship derby at Nottingham Forest (3pm).
It’s been an another superb year for Posh and their followers so far with the drama of a play-off promotion followed by consolidation as a Championship club.
A win at struggling Forest would keep Posh in the safety of mid-table at the half-way point of the Championship season.
Zakuani said: “We’re going to Forest for three points. We had a massive win against Coventry last week that we need to build on by winning again.
“We’re looking up the table rather than down again and we’re going into another big game with confidence.
“It’s a big day for the players and the fans. The support has been outstanding all year and we want to help the fans have a happy Christmas by winning on Boxing Day,
“We fancy our chances as well. The lads have been buzzing all week in training.”
Zakuani has been one of the stars of the Posh season. He’s been in outstanding form on the pitch and he’s become a leading candidate for the Evening Telegraph’s Sports Personality of the Year prize on the back of some tireless charity work off the pitch as well as his efforts on it.
Zakuani, who has played many matches this season while suffering from a broken toe, added: “I think I’m having the best season of my career. I’ve been very consistent and I hope I’ve made my mark in the Championship now.
“We had some struggles in this division the last time we were here, but we have adapted really well this time and we’ve dominated many of our matches.
“It’s great for me that the manager kept picking me even when I was only half-fit. I feel fine now and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Posh are making late fitness assessments on midfielder Lee Frecklington and forward Lee Tomlin, but both are rated no better than 50/50 to appear at Forest.
Midfielder Grant Mccann and right-back Mark Little are longterm absentees, but the latter has been given a slight chance of returning for the Championship fixture against Birmingham at London Road on January 2.
LEAGUE One strugglers Scunthorpe will not be extend- ing the loan of Posh striker Nicky Ajose.
Ajose, who Posh spent £300,000 on bringing him form Manchester United, has started just three matches in a three month spell at Glanford Park.
Ajose played just 27 minutes of the opening Posh match of the season before limping off with a hamstring injury. He will return to London Road in the new year.
‘WE FANCY OUR CHANCES’: Gaby Zakuani says the Posh players are buzzing ahead of the Forest game.