NOTH­ING TO PROVE . . .

Posh - For­mer star re­turns to the ABAX for the first time

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

Erhun Oz­tumer in­sists he has noth­ing to prove on his re­turn to the ABAX Sta­dium on Satur­day.

The 25-year-old mid­fielder is back at Posh for the first time since his con­tentious free trans­fer to League One ri­vals Wal­sall in the sum­mer.

Oz­tumer was a fans’ favourite at Posh and won’t cel­e­brate if he scores for his new club against his old one.

“Of course there is more of an in­cen­tive than nor­mal to do well on Satur­day be­cause I’m play­ing against my old club,” Oz­tumer stated.

“But I don’t feel I have any­thing to prove to any­one.

“I had a good time at Posh and my feel­ings for the club will never change.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing the way it ended, but I’m happy with the way things have worked out and I’m cer­tain Posh will con­tinue to be suc- cess­ful.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to a great game be­tween two good foot­balling sides.”

Posh man­ager Grant McCann echoed those thoughts.

McCann is ex­pected to re­call left-back An­drew Hugh- es to his start­ing line-up and could hand a first start to highl y-rated 17 year-old striker Deon Moore.

Grant McCann wants his Posh team to learn how to win ugly and to dodge de­feat when not play­ing well. The Posh boss is con­vinced the League One pro­mo­tion race will be heav­ily con­gested this sea­son so the abil­ity to grind out re­sults when below one’s best will be vi­tal.

A 1-0 de­feat at Sh­effield United last week­end dropped Posh to ninth place, but they are just six points off both first and last place.

“No-one will run away with League One this sea­son,” McCann stated.

“It would be great if we can put a good run to­gether and get away from the rest, but the ta­ble at the mo­ment sug­gests it is go­ing to be a tight di­vi­sion for the rest of the sea­son.

“Pick­ing up points when you’re not at your best will there­fore be im­por­tant.

“I watched( lead­ers) Scun­thorpe draw at home to Charl­ton this week and they didn’t play well, but they found a way not to lose and that’s a skill we must learn. We have played very well at times this sea­son, but as soon as we let our stan­dards slip we drop points.

“We haven’ t re­ally done 0-0 draws at this club, not in my time at the club any­way, but some­times that’ s a good re­sult.

“You won’ t al­ways play well so find­ing away to still get a re­sult is im­por­tant .”

Posh start a hec­tic lit­tle spell of five matches in 14 days when Wal­sall visit the ABAX Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Posh are also in League One ac­tion at Shrews­bury on Tues­day( Septem­ber 27) and Southend on Oc­to­ber 1 be­fore host­ing MK Dons in the Check a trade Tro- phy (Oc­to­ber 4) and Bury in a League One match to be tele­vised live on Sky Sports on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 8.

For now McCann’ s thoughts are all on beat­ing Wal­sall.

Posh have won just one of four League One matches at the ABAX so far this sea­son. They were also beaten heav­ily at home by Swansea and Nor­wich U23s in cup matches. “We have to sort our home form out,” McCann added.

“That’s some­thing else that will be im­por­tant in such a com­pet­i­tive di­vi­sion.

“It’s not been good enough in the last cou­ple of sea­sons so Satur­day gives us a chance to start putting that right.

“Wal­sall are a good side though. They were ex­cel­lent last sea­son, but lost a lot of play­ers in the sum­mer.

“They had to re-build, but they are start­ing to show some bet­ter form.

“Last week they beat Bolton de­spite play­ing with 10 men for most of the game.

“Bolton put them un­der a lot of pres­sure, but they weath­ered it to pick up a very good re­sult.

“They have qual­ity in their squad, but we must im­pose our game on them.”

Grant McCann: ‘Some­times 0-0is not a bad re­sult.”

Grant McCann con­grat­u­lates Erhun Oz­tumer after scor­ing against Sh­effield United last sea­son.

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