Peterborough United matchwinner Ivan Toney was delighted to be able to celebrate his first goal for the club right in front of his family.
The 22 year-old substitute bagged an 88th-minute winner as table-topping Posh maintained their unbeaten record in League One with a 3-2 success at Southend United yesterday (September 8).
Toney, who had endured a miserable time in front of goal in his previous Posh outing, netted from close range in front of 819 excited visiting fans at Roots Hall, a number that included family members. Posh had earlier seen a 2-0 lead wiped out by determined opponents.
Now the £600k signing from Newcastle United is determined to kick on and help Posh achieve their dream of Championship football.
“I’ve assisted on a few goals since I’ve been here, but strikers are judged on goals so I’m delighted to get off the mark,” Toney said after the game.
“I was just rushing towards goal and the ball hit my shin and went in, but I’ll take it. I missed a few sitters at MK Dons last week and it does play on your mind a bit when that happens, so this is a big moment for me.
“I always look before a game to see where the members of my family are so I know where to run if I score. They follow me everywhere so I was pleased I could share the moment with them.
“You have to be ready straight away to produce when you’re a substitute and thrown into the mix. We actually conceded soon after I came on which wasn’t a good feeling, but the lads got their heads down again and eventually we got the result we deserved.
“We have a winning mentality at this club. We are playing an effective style which is working and I am happy to help in any way I can. We are getting used to winning which is a great feeling. We’re not getting over-confident though.
“If the manager wants to throw me in from the start I’ll be ready, but if I’m on the bench I will help the lads in any way I can. I’ve been working hard in training to make sure I can deliver when it’s needed.
“I had a few options when I decided to leave Newcastle, but there was only one club I was ever joing. Peterborough is a great club with big ambitions.”
Posh are next in action when hosting second-placed Portsmouth at the ABAX Stadium next Saturday (September 15). A bumper crowd is expected for a clash between two unbeaten sides. Pompey have already sold over 2,000 tickets and visiting fans will have exclusive use of the Motorpoint Stand.