PLAYER INTERVIEW: Peterborough United are ready to build on a solid foundation

Posh defender Jack Baldwin clears the ball in the game against Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com
Posh defender Jack Baldwin clears the ball in the game against Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com

Peterborough United centre-back Jack Baldwin believes a platform has finally been built to ensure a strong finish to the League One season.

The 1-0 success at Gillingham on Saturday (March 25) ended a run of five League One matches without a win. It was also a first clean sheet for 11 matches and just a second of 2017.

Posh striker Junior Morias wheels away in delight after scoring the winning goal at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh striker Junior Morias wheels away in delight after scoring the winning goal at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh remain eight points off the play-off places and have just six matches remaining, starting with the visit of Charlton Athletic to the ABAX Stadium on Saturday, April 1.

The game at Gillingham was the first for Posh following the departure of assistant manager Lee Glover.

“We spoke before the game about the need to build solid foundations again,” Baldwin revealed. “Away from home, no matter who you are playing, you have to stay solid at the back, stay in the game for as long as possible and hope one of the strikers can put a chance away.

“And that’s exactly what happened at Gillingham. It wasn’t the best of games, but we kicked and headed everything out of our penalty area and then I had a great view of Junior Morias smashing home the winner in the last minute.

Posh manager Grant McCann celebrates an important win at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh manager Grant McCann celebrates an important win at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

“I was delighted for Junior as he’s a great lad, but it was a good result for all of us, and a perfect result for me and the back four. We needed that clean sheet.

“It had been a tough week for all of us with a good man losing his job. These things do happen in football though and we all had to pick ourselves up and stick together.

“The manager has kept the faith in us. he is backing us to finish the season well and the players share that belief.

“We’ve built a platform for the rest of the season now and we will try and win the six remaining games and see where we end up.”

Posh centre-backs Michael Bostwick (right) and Jack Baldwin comnine to stop Gillingham/s Cody McDonald. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh centre-backs Michael Bostwick (right) and Jack Baldwin comnine to stop Gillingham/s Cody McDonald. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Baldwin has had an injury-interrupted season, but he feels he is back to peak fitness now.

“It’s never easy getting back up to match speed after an injury,” Baldwin added. “But I’m feeling strong now.”