Bond de­liv­ers a pre­mium dis­play

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

First goalscorer: 4/1 Bodin (Rovers), 9/2 Ni­chols (Rovers), 5/1 Mar­riott (Posh), Har­ri­son (Rovers), 11/2 Gaffney (Rovers), 6/1 Morias (Posh), Mad­di­son (Posh), 7/1 Kanu (Posh), Lloyd (Posh), 8/1 Ed­wards (Posh), Doughty (Posh), Har­g­reaves (Rovers), 9/1 Clarke (Rovers), 10/1 Forrester (Posh), Ser­combe (Rovers), 12/1 Da Silva Lopes (Posh), 16/1 Borg (Posh), 20/1 Tafazolli (Posh), Grant (Posh), Bald­win (Posh).

New Peter­bor­ough goal­keeper Jonathan Bond will al­ways put points ahead of per­sonal glory.

The 24 year-old loa­nee from Cham­pi­onship side Read­ing was a clear man-of-the-match for Posh in their open­ing day League One win over Ply­mouth at the ABAX Sta­dium.

But he ad­mits the match spon­sors’ cham­pagne would have tasted flat if Posh hadn’t won the game.

“The game went well for me per­son­ally,” Bond said. “Which was great as it was my de­but. I’ve had quiet de­buts be­fore and you ac­tu­ally get nore ner­vous and tetchy when you don’t have a great deal to do.

“The at­mos­phere in the ground was re­ally ex­cit­ing and I was thrilled to be named man-of-the-match so thanks to ev­ery­one who voted for me.

“But I was happy at the end only be­cause we had won three points.

“I’m not here for per­sonal glory I’m here to help this team win games and chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion.

“It was an en­cour­ag­ing start, but that’s all it is and the de­fence in front of me de­serve a lot of the credit.

“We came un­der a bit of pres­sure af­ter Ply­mouth pulled a goal back, but I don’t re­mem­ber hav­ing to make any saves in that last 15 min­utes which shows how well we de­fended.

“It was a mas­sive three points and I was pleased to play my part by scram­bling around my goal mak­ing a few saves!

“There is good char­ac­ter in this squad which we will need for a tough away game this week­end.”

Bond is likely to be re-united with a back three of Ryan Tafazolli, Jack Bald­win and Steven Tay­lor af­ter the lat­ter was rested from Tues­day’s dis­ap­point­ing Carabao Cup de­feat at the hands of Bar­net en­abling Alex Penny to make his full Posh de­but.

It’s ex­pected man­ager Grant McCann will name the same start­ing XI he picked for the Ply­mouth match for Satur­day’s game at the Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Mid­fielder An­thony Grant and right wing-back Leo Da Silva Lopes will prob­a­bly be re­called at the ex­pense of Chris Forrester and Danny Lloyd.

“Tues­day night has been dealt with,” said McCann. “It’s gone now and we move for­ward. Bris­tol Rovers away is a tough game, but we will be ready.” Posh com­mit­ted day­light rob­bery in this fix­ture last sea­son when goals from Shaquile Coulthirst (fol­low­ing a goal­keeper howler) and Tom Ni­chols (in the last minute) sealed a come­from-be­hind 2-1 win af­ter Rovers had dom­i­nated most of the sec­ond half. Posh haven’t lost on their last three Foot­ball League vis­its to Rovers, draw­ing 2-2 thanks to own goal and a Ge­orge Boyd strike in 2011 and win­ning cour­tesy of a soli­tary Aaron Mclean goal in 2009.

Posh last lost at Rovers in the early days of Dar­ren Fer­gu­son’s man­age­ment at Lon­don Road. Danny Crow and Mclean pulled Posh level from 2-0 down be­fore the home side claimed a last-minute goal in a League Two game. Posh: Tyler, New­ton, Mor­gan, Futcher, Ar­ber, Low, Hyde, Gain, Butcher, Boyd, Mclean. Subs used: Stra­chan, Black­ett, Crow. Tom Ni­chols left Posh for Rovers just be­fore the start of the sea­son for an undis­closed fee. He has yet to score in two ap­pear­ances.

Other sum­mer sign­ings in­cluded at­tack­ing mid­fielder Liam Ser­combe from Ox­ford and de­fender Sam Slo­combe from Black­pool.

Rovers have also loaned de­fender Marc Bola from Ar­se­nal. Bola (19) has yet to make his first team de­but at the Emi­rates, but spent the sec­ond-half of last sea­son on loan at Notts County. Striker Billy Bodin was Rovers’ top scorer (of those who were still at the club in May) last sea­son with 13 goals, six fewer than Matty Tay­lor who left the club to join Bris­tol City in Jan­uary. Bodin got off the mark for the cur­rent cam­paign with two goals against Cam­bridge in the Carabao Cup.

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