The welcome returns of Miller and Nabi
Posh fans have amused themselves this summer by playing a game of ‘where’s Nabi’?
Midfielder Adil Nabi had disappeared from open sight. The club want him to leave, but no-one else wants him. Attempts by Posh to buy off the remaining two years of his contract have also failed.
Posh had pretty much frozen him out of pre-season, but he still has a squad number (something fellow unwanted player Jordan Nicholson doesn’t have) and it’s up to him now to persuade his current boss Grant McCann to play him or another manager to take him on.
But Nabi, who has taken the fans’ comments in good spirit, finally re-appeared at Stamford, possibly through numerical necessity, and he performed well, striking the woodwork twice while deliveringsomefine,intricatemoments of skill.
On another day Nabi’s return might have been the story from Stamford, but, for a man who can’t even play for the first six competitive matches of the season, Ricky Miller is doing a grand job of hogging the summer headlines.
Miller returned to one of his old free-scoring stomping grounds, scored a cracker in the 65th second before completing a hat-trick with two late goals in a game of 10 goals, numerous other missed chances and some fine goalkeeping from Posh number two Josh Tibbetts.
“Ricky scored 40 goals last season and you could see how,” Posh Academy manager Nicky Sheppard, who was in charge of this game, enthused. “He has power, he’s always on target and he hits the corners.”
Mathew Stevens (2), teenager Morgan Penfold and summer recruit Danny Lloyd also scored for Posh with Elliot Sandy (2) and Delroy Gordon on target for the outclassed Daniels.
Posh led 4-0 before losing concentration and enabling Stamford to close the gap to 4-2 and 5-3 before Miller saw them pull away again towards the end in front of an appreciative crowd of 932.