Gorm­ley makes a wel­come re­turn

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By John Evely john.evely@jpress.co.uk

Af­ter Tues­day night’s big win against Mill­wall, goalscor­ing doesn’t ap­pear to be a prob­lem for Peter­bor­ough United. But there’s another hot-shot wait­ing in the wingsitch­ing to get a slice of the ac­tion.

Striker Joe Gorm­ley made his re­turn from a hor­ren­dous knee in­jury, which has kept him out of the game for 11 months, in the 5-1 drub­bing of Mill­wall.

Gorm­ley (26) has barely played for the club af­ter snap­ping the cru­ci­ate lig­a­ments in his left kneeplay­ing for the re­serve team against Nor­wich City back in Septem­ber 2015.

But he came on as a sub­sti­tute for goalscorer Tom Ni­chols in the 85th minute, get­ting eight min­utes of ac­tion.

That fleet­ing glimpse will have been the first many Posh fans had­seenofhim­fol­low­ing his ar­rival 12 months ago.

He joined the club last sum­mer af­ter be­ing named North­ern Ire­land Foot­ball Writ­ers’ Player of the Year in 2014, as he scored 40 goals to help Cliftonville lift back-to­back Ir­ish Premier­ship ti­tles.

Posh man­ager Grant McCann­said­he­wasvery­pleased to have the striker back in ac­tion.

McCann said: “Joe got a hat-trick in one of the Un­der 21 games he played. It was be­hind­closed­door­sagain­stNor­wichand­he­didreaal­ly­well, so I was pleased to get him back.

“He­has­been­look­ing quite sharp in train­ing so it was good to get him back on the pitch al­though he didn’t re­ally get in­volved. There wasn’t much time for him.”

McCann ex­plained he would have liked to have got Gorm­ley on ear­lier but Steve Mori­son’s goal for Mill­wall de­layed him­mak­ingth­echange.

The man­ager added: “Joe is like Tom Ni­chols - he will run in be­hind cen­tre- halves, and if he gets a chance he will score. That’s the rea­son he is at the club.”

Look­ing for­ward to Satur­day’s gameatOx­ford, McCann said: “It’s go­ing to be another tough game go­ing to Ox­ford. They have just come up from League Two which al­ways makes it a tough game.

“We have just seen what AFC Wim­ble­don have done when­th­ey­came­here, that­was a tough game.

“There are no easy games in this league. But if we play with the in­ten­sity and the tempo we em­ployed against Mill­wall, thenwe’ve­g­o­ta­great chance.”

Joe Gorm­ley.

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