First-team manager Graham Westley insists on-loan centre-back Alex Davey remains a Peterborough United player despite his absence from a 4-2 reserve team defeat at home to Northampton yesterday.
Davey, who signed an extended contract at Premier League champions Chelsea earlier this month, has made just one substitute appearance since the departure of former boss Dave Robertson on September 5, and that was as a second-half substitute in the 3-2 League One home defeat by Bury on September 29.
Davey didn’t play against the Cobblers even though first-choice centre-back Gaby Zakuani faces a fitness test ahead of Saturday’s (November 21) League One trip to Crewe. Zakuani returned from international duty with DR Congo with a hamstring strain.
Youngster Brad Maslen-Jones partnered Jack Baldwin, who is suspended for two more first-team matches, at the heart of the Posh defence.
“Alex is on loan with us until January,” Westley said. “We haven’t used him in recent matches because of his form. The team’s record with him in the side is won two, drawn one, lost six.
“We achieved what we wanted to achieve from the reserve team game apart from the result. Jack Baldwin got another 90 minutes under his belt and Harry Beautyman delivered his best performance since coming back from injury.
“Gaby has come back from international duty with a niggle and will be assessed ahead of the Crewe game.”
Cobblers took the lead early on yesterday before Kieran Sadlier, who is currently on loan at Halifax, equalised with a header from Tobi Adebayo-Rowling’s cross. Jonny Edwards, who is apparently being monitored by Watford, then delivered a clinical finish following a Sadlier pass to put Posh 2-1 up at half-time.
Posh had chances after the break, but Cobblers were more ruthless. Beautyman Leo Da Silva and Marcus Maddison all went close for Posh who fielded an unnamed trialist from the start.
Ryan Watson (2), Jason Taylor and Sam Hoskins scored for Cobblers.
Posh: Henry, Adebayo-Rowling, Fox (sub Lee), Maslen-Jones (sub Goode), Baldwin, Sadlier (sub Moore), Trialist, Beautyman, Da Silva Lopes, Edwards (sub Friend), Maddison.