New dad Boyd aiming for top two finish in League 1

George Boyd celebrates his second goal against Exeter on Saturday. Picture: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET
George Boyd celebrates his second goal against Exeter on Saturday. Picture: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET
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Peterborough United are not interested in a League One play-off place. They have their sights set firmly on automatic promotion.

That’s the view of two-goal star George Boyd who celebrated a perfect, and sleep-deprived, personal week, by collecting the man-of-the-match award after a routine 3-0 win over Exeter at London Road.

Boyd became a father for the first time with the birth of daughter Ava at 3.20am on Friday before on Saturday taking his goals tally to the season to 11, all of them scored at London Road.

Boyd said: “I’ve hardly slept for two days, but it’s all been worth it. The birth took place early on Friday morning so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind and I was feeling very tired by the end of the match, but to score two goals made it a perfect couple of days.

“We’re on a great run of form at a good time in the season. We are certainly not settling for a play-off place as we firmly believe we can reach the top two.

“We have the squad to do it, that’s for sure. We are looking really solid defensively which is crucial because if we keep clean sheets we will win games.

“All credit to Joe Lewis and the back four as they were really tight and never really gave Exeter a sniff of a chance for 90 minutes.

“The midfield lads helped out as well. Exeter are certainly no pushovers as they knock the ball around really well in midfield.

“They had a good win at Charlton the other week and they’ve been very good away from home lately, but we kept them out quite easily.

“The early goal helped us relax. It did take a deflection, but I had put a good bit of curl on my shot and it might have gone in anyway.

“Craig Mackail-Smith did brilliantly for my second goal and I was happy to repay the favour with the pass for his goal.

“Craig’s pace and energy in the second half was ridiculous at times. He has been outstanding all season and 25 goals is a great return at this stage of the season.

“It’s not easy playing on our pitch at the moment, but we coped well enough with it.”

Boyd has not scored an away goal for Posh since the Carling Cup tie at Blackburn in October 2009, but he has matched his 11-goal tally from the last time he played for Posh at this level two seasons ago.

The win kept Posh in fourth place in League One, but they are now just one point behind third-placed Huddersfield with a game in hand.

Posh also have a game in hand on second-placed Bournemouth, but have a five-point gap to make up.

Posh manager Darren Ferguson is convinced they can reach the top two, especially if Boyd is back to his best. Ferguson has overseen a run of four wins in five matches.

Ferguson said: “It’s been a great week for George with the birth of his daughter and now two goals. His quality has never been in doubt for me so it was no surprise to see him score a couple.

“We try and get him in possession whenever we can because he is one of our players who can make things happen as he proved in this game.

“We finished the game really strongly and the goals we scored were as the result of very good play.”