JACK’S THE LAD

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

With the trans­fer dead­line loom­ing Posh boss Grant McCann de­clared he was happy with what he’d got.

He was speak­ing af­ter a bril­liant 4-1 derby de­mo­li­tion of the Cob­blers and a com­fort­able Check­a­trade Tro­phy tri­umph against Southamp­ton Un­der 23s.

Ev­ery­thing in the Posh gar­den looks rosy at the mo­ment so small won­der he said: “The group’s to­gether now. They don’t need any­one else com­ing in up­set­ting it.

“I think we made a mis­take last year at this stage when we brought three play­ers in. I think it just up­set us. I def­i­nitely won’t be do­ing the same this year.”

Whether or not mid­field mae­stro Mar­cus Mad­di­son stays with the group re­mains to be seen.

“We’ll try to keep him. He’s such a spe­cial tal­ent,” added McCann.

Posh went top of League One af­ter Satur­day’s Six­fields slaugh­ter but McCann is re­fus­ing to get car­ried away and even an­nounced he was un­happy af­ter­wards be­cause his side failed to keep a clean sheet once again.

He said: “No-one is get­ting car­ried away. We have four in a row but we need to dust our­selves down now.

“I’m more dis­ap­pointed with the goal we con­ceded. I said to the boys at half-time ‘I want a clean sheet, we haven’t had one’. So I was dis­ap­pointed we lost a goal.

“We’re quick on the break. The front three we have can run, can shift, can score goals. All three of them scored on Satur­day and they are help­ing each other. It was a re­ally good team per­for­mance.”

McCann was also de­lighted to see Jer­maine An­der­son make his first ap­pear­ance for the club since Septem­ber 2016 af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a sec­ond se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

“I was proud of my team but one thing I was re­ally pleased to see was Jer­maine An­der­son get­ting on the pitch. The lad’s had a ter­ri­ble time over the last 18 months with two cru­ci­ate in­juries.

“The lads gave him a big round of ap­plause in the chang­ing room. It’s great to see him back be­cause when he’s fit, we have one hell of a player.”

The clean sheet McCann had been ask­ing for even­tu­ally ar­rived on Tuesday night when Posh be­gan their Check­a­trade Tro­phy cam­paign with a 2-0 win over Southamp­ton Un­der 23s.

And the player be­tween the sticks was debu­tant Conor O’Mal­ley. De­fender Liam Shep­hard, who re­placed the lively Leo Da Silva Lopes for the last 15 min­utes, also came on for his de­but.

McCann said: “It was a great start for us.Tech­ni­cally Southamp­ton were very good but we got the job done.

“It was good for Conor to keep a clean sheet on his first start, and also for Liam to make his de­but. And I thought Idris Kanu was ex­cel­lent.

“They’ve all given me some­thing to think about now.”

Posh’s next game in the com­pe­ti­tion is on Oc­to­ber 3 at home to Northamp­ton.

Jer­maine An­der­son was back in ac­tion

De­fender Liam Shep­hard made his de­but

“The lads gave Jer­maine a big round of ap­plause in the chang­ing room”

Jack Mar­riott cel­e­brates scor­ing against Northamp­ton.

Gwion Ed­wards is con­grat­u­lated af­ter scor­ing at Six­fields.

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