bat­tle at boro

Mid­dles­brough fan Al­cock plans to help Posh to three big points:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - by ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

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.

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