Peterborough United’s back-up boys and ready and willing to help the promotion push and the whole squad loves Darren Ferguson’s winning formula

Peterborough United defender Niall Mason insists the players who can’t currently break into the Posh starting line-up are just as committed to the push for promotion from League One.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 10:00 am
Niall Mason (right) rushes to congratulate Josh Knight after his goal for Posh against Oxford. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson selected the same team for the fifth game in a row for yesterday’s (February 8) 4-0 win over Oxford United at the Weston Homes Stadium.

That will change for Tuesday’s home game with struggling Southend (February 11, 7,45pm) when Posh could be forced to change two members of their back three. Nathan Thompson is suspended after yesterday’s red card and Frankie Kent is likely to be missing through injury.

That could let Mason back in. He came on for Kent after just 28 minutes yesterday and performed well.

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Posh defender Frankie Kent limps off injured early in the game against Oxford. Caption: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

“We’ve stuck together as a squad all season,” Mason said. “And that isn’t going to change.

“Some of us haven’t seen much game time recently, but we still have to be ready to make a contribution when the time comes. We just have to be ready when required and we’ve done that. We are all chasing the same goal.

“I’ve not played a lot in the last few games and it’s never nice when you come on early for someone who is injured, but I just had to get stuck in and do as best as I could.

“I was blowing hard up to half time as the game was fast and moving from end to end, but it settled down and we went on to play very well.

“It obviously became a bit more difficult when we went down to 10 men, but we showed a great desire to keep a clean sheet. “We knew they would get plenty of balls into the penalty area, but we got on the end of most of them.

“And how good were Joe Ward and Dan Butler as wing-backs? We all love the formation we are playing. It’s defensively solid and we can still be aggressive. There’s a lot of flexibility.”