Posh out to give sup­port­ers three points for Christ­mas

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

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.

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