battle at boro
Middlesbrough fan Alcock plans to help Posh to three big points:
BORO fan Craig Alcock is expecting a tough game at Middlesbrough tomorrow, but not as tough as his previous visit to the Riverside.
The Posh full-back was part of a Yeovil squad smashed 5-1 in a 2008 Carling Cup tie by a Boro side which included Mido, Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson in its ranks.
But he’s confident a Posh defence buzzing after collecting back-to-back clean sheets will put up a better show in their final match of an outstanding 2011.
Alcock, whose support of Boro came about completely by chance, said: “My other game at the Riverside was completely forgettable so I’m looking forward to going back there tomorrow.
“I became a Boro fan because they were involved in the first live match I ever saw as a kid. I was visiting my uncle in Coventry and he took me to watch them play Boro so I decided to support them.
“I couldn’t have picked a team much further away from my home to support, but I am still keen for them to do well.
“I didn’t enjoy the game up there with Yeovil, but I’m excited about going back especially as we’re going well now.
“Boro’s position in the table tells us how hard it’s going to be for us to get a result, but we travel with plenty of confidence.
“No disrespect to Yeovil, but I’m playing with better players now. In fact I found it harder to adjust to playing with so many different players in a totally different style of football than I did to adjust to Championship opponents.
“I’m loving every minute of it though.”
Alcock has quickly won over the Posh fans with his excellent defensive work in both full-back positions.
The 24 year-old received perfect 10 out of 10 marks from many contributors to popular fans’ website www.londonroad.net for his performance in the Boxing Day win at Nottingham Forest.
“That’s great to hear, ”Alcock added. “And to be honest I’ve already surpassed my own expectations because I didn’t expect to play in so many games so early in my career here.
“The manager has shown a lot of faith in me and the players have made me so welcome it’s turned out to be a brilliant move for me.
“We’ve put in a lot of hard work defensively in recent weeks and it’s starting to pay off.”
LOVING LIFE AT POSH: Craig Alcock.