Peterborough United fire a warning to the rest of League One

Ivan Toney is mobbed by Posh teammates after his brilliant goal at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Ivan Toney is mobbed by Posh teammates after his brilliant goal at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Man-of-the-match Ivan Toney believes Peterborough United issued a serious statement of intent with their performance at Gillingham yesterday (September 22).

Toney scored an early contender for goal-of-the-season during the 4-2 win, curling a first-time shot home from 20 yards after a rapid break involving four players delivering precise passes.

Jason Naismith in action for Posh at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jason Naismith in action for Posh at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

It was a goal to cap a terrific personal display from a striker starting a League One match for the first time this season. Posh moved back to the top of the table as a result of a fifth straight away win.

“It’s up there with one of the best goals I’ve scored,” Toney, a former Northampton player, said. “I made my mind up to shoot first time as the goalkeeper wouldn’t have been expecting it and because I tried a dribble a few minutes earlier and ran straight into a defender!

“It was great to get the chance to start a game and to score a goal, but obviously it’s always about the three points and the boys showed great character to get them.

“To come from behind and win after conceding two goals in quick succession at the start of the second half shows what belief we have in the squad.

Posh boss Steve Evans before the game at Gillingham.  Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh boss Steve Evans before the game at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

“It also showed what strength in depth we have. The subs came on and made a big difference again. It was a big statement from the whole squad, but I’m not one for looking too much at tables at this stage of the season.

“I look properly around Christmas time because then you have a good idea of who is likely to challenge.”

Posh are next in League One action at home to Blackpool on Saturday (September 29). Pool have not conceded a goal in four League One away matches this season, three of which have ended 0-0.