Peterborough United star not getting carried away with his outstanding form and he’ll keep taking the game to League One’s hardmen

Peterborough United’s man-of-the-moment Sirki Dembele is not getting carried away - with his own form or the fact that Posh are sitting pretty at the top of League One.

By Alan Swann
Monday, 2nd November 2020, 7:00 am
Siriki Dembele of Peterborough United celebrates at full-time with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick against Shrewsbury. Phot: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Siriki Dembele of Peterborough United celebrates at full-time with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick against Shrewsbury. Phot: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Dembele’s first professional hat-trick in the 5-1 League One home win over Shrewsbury which took Posh to the top of League One on Saturday (October 31) made it five goals in his last five matches.

It also continued a strong run of form since his New Year’s Day red card at Lincoln City last season. Dembele has contributed nine goals and nine assists in his last 18 Posh appearances.

The 24 year-old signing from Grimsby Town in the summer of 2018 looks set to be the next Posh player to attract the attention of bigger clubs.

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“I’m just enjoying my football,” Dembele stated. “I’ve developed since I came to the club. I try to get better every day and in every game and that means scoring goals and creating goals for my teammates.

“I just love playing football. Anything positive that happens in the future is just a bonus.

“This is a very happy club. The players get on great and we are playing well, but we’ve been top of the table early in a season before so we need to keep going.

“Football changes quickly so you need enjoy the ups and try and avoid the downs. I’ve enjoyed some great moments since the Lincoln game and the team have done great even though we lost Ivan Toney.

“Any club would miss Ivan, but Jonson Clarke-Harris holds the ball up well and is great at bringing others into play.”

Not for the first time this season Dembele was singled out for some rough treatment by Shrewsbury players with visiting midfielder Josh Vela sent off for a horrible challenge just before half-time on Saturday.

“I’ll always be taking players on and I guess they will bring me down anyway they can,” Dembele added. “But I can’t let it stop me. I was sore after the game. He caught me right on the ankle, but luckily I could run it off.”

Posh are at Bristol Rovers for a League One match on Tuesday (November 3).