POSH REACTION: Addison is optimistic about 2016

Posh centre-back Miles Addison (centre) in action against Walsall. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh centre-back Miles Addison (centre) in action against Walsall. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Surprise selection Miles Addison insists Peterborough United proved at Walsall yesterday (December 29) that they have nothing to fear from League One.

Posh pushed the League One leaders hard at the Banks’s Stadium before succumbing two two late goals. The first, 10 minutes from time, was deflected into his own net by Addison, who was making just his second appearance of the season.

Addison also missed a glorious chance to head Posh in front midway through the second-half, but the 26 year-old played well overall.

Addison said: “When you play in this team you have to do a lot of defending. It’s the nature of the way the team plays, but I enjoyed the game apart from the result.

“We definitely deserved something from the game. We were a bit slow out of the traps in the first half and the manager got into us a bit at half-time, but we played very well in the second-half.

“We always seemed to be an inch away from scoring. There were a few ricochets in their area which didn’t bounce our way and Marcus Maddison whipped some great crosses into the box that we just failed to reach.

“It was a great cross from Marcus that gave me the chance to score, but I just jumped too early and ended up making what looked like a clearance! I tried to head it too hard when a glance might have ended up in the back of the net.

“We paid for it by conceding two late goals. The first one was very unfortunate, but if this is the best League One has to offer then we should be optimistic about 2016 because we more than matched them.

“It was good to be involved again though. I enjoyed being in the thick of the action. I’m still 10-20% short of full fitness, but that will now only come with matches. I can train every day, but that will only get me so far.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that the manager and Grant McCannn have given me though. It’s good to be a professional footballer again.”

Addison didn’t have a club at the start of the season. Posh initially signed the former Derby and Bournemouth centre-back on a month-long contract in November to cover for a defensive injury crisis. That contract was extended by another contract after Addison proved his improving fitness in training.