Peterborough United defender predicts a close and exciting promotion race in League One and praises his team-mates for showing two key sides to their game

Experienced Peterborough United defender Nathan Thompson is confident no team will run away with League One this season.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:32 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 2:02 pm
Nathan Thompson shales hands with Posh boss Darren Ferguson after the win over Rotherham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

The 29 year-old returned from injury in some style helping Posh to back-to-back wins against promotion rivals Wycombe and Rotherham.

And he believes the team showed in those two matches they have what it takes to claim at least a top six finish and a place in the play-offs.

“To win promotion you have to have two sides to your game,” Thompson, who should be part of the Posh team tackling Accrington Stanley away from home tomorrow (January 28), said.

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“In some games you need to be able to defend, dig in and win ugly and at other times you need to be able to play. We showed both sides in the games against Wycombe and Rotherham.

“Against Wycombe we were helped by an early red card and played some good football.

“And against Rotherham we really had to stand up physically to them which we did, but we also scored two quality goals.

“The manager said before the game we would have to win the battle first against Rotherham and that’s what we did.

“Rotherham are very good at what they do. They stick the ball in the penalty area from every area of the pitch, but they also have some good players. They beat us 4-0 a few weeks ago so we knew they were a threat, but we met the challenge and deserved to win.

“It’s clear no team is going to run away with League One this season so it’s all about momentum and confidence from now on.

“I hope my experience will help, but we also have players coming back like Josh Knight and Siriki Dembele and the new players have hit the ground running.

“Joe Ward has also come into the side and done really well. He’s not an orthodox defende, but he’s willing to run all day.

“There is a real cohesion about the side now.”