Peterborough United prove they do have strength in depth

Peterborough United centre-back Frankie Kent believes yesterday’s (December 7) 2-2 draw at Portsmouth emphasised the strength in depth at the club.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 12:00 pm
Frankie Kent (right) and Posh teammate Louis Reed battle against Portsmouth forward John Marquis. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh took to Fratton Park without Marcus Maddison, Joe Ward, George Boyd, Josh Knight, Frazer Blake-Tracy and Siriki Dembele for a match against a team chasing a seventh successive win. Maddison was ill, the rest were injured.

But Posh delivered a performance manager Darren Ferguson described as ‘outstanding’ and claimed a deserved point thanks to goals from Ivan Toney and Mo Eisa. Both strikers now have 14 goals for the season. Posh remain third in the table, four points behind second-placed Ipswich Town who also have a game in hand.

Kent played as one of three central defenders at Pompey as Ferguson ditched his midfield diamond for the day.

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“It’s not ideal having injuries,” Kent stated. “But it’s a squad game these days and everyone who came into the side really stepped up to the plate.

“We came here to win, but after falling behind early in the second-half a point is not a bad result against a strong side. The way we reacted to going behind was impressive.

“The gaffer has been telling us all week to express ourselves as Fratton Park is a great place to play football and we did just that.

“I’ve played in a system with three centre-backs many times in the past and I enjoyed it. We practised it all week and I felt we did well.

“Both sides had chances to score and I was disappointed not to get a goal myself in the first-half. I was disappointed in myself for not scoring, but it’s a good result for us.

“Third place is a good place to be, but we won’t be getting ahead of ourselves. There’s a long way to go.”

Posh are next in action at home to bottom-of-the-table Bolton Wanderers next Saturday (December 14).