Jack Baldwin has recovered from a ‘devastating’ debut to become a key man in the improving Peterborough United defence.
The £500,000 January transfer deadline day capture from Hartlepool conceded a match-losing last-gasp penalty during his first appearance (the last eight minutes as a substitute) for the club at Crawley.
The 21-year-old admitted he was rocked by events in Sussex that day, but he can take comfort in his efforts since then.
Posh boss Darren Ferguson reckoned his centre-back was outstanding in last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Coventry, a second win and clean sheet in succession for a Baldwin-boosted defence.
“I was cup-tied and suspended when I first came here which I didn’t mind because it gave me time to settle in and get used to my new team-mates.
“But I was devastated when I conceded the penalty at Crawley, especially as it cost us the game. It wasn’t exactly how I’d seen my debut going and I imagined that fans would be wondering what I was all about.
“It was a tough time, but I kept my head down and worked hard to get into the starting line-up.
“And these last two games have been excellent from my point of view.
“To win both games and to keep clean sheets is perfect for a defender. I know there are still sloppy mistakes I need to cut out, but I’ve played solidly and hopefully I will keep on improving.
“I’ve not been used to high expectation levels at a club so I’ve had to get used to that. but I’ve come to Peterborough as a young player because I want to go as high as I can.”
Baldwin’s focus is on securing Championship football next season.
The next step on that road is at Bradford City tomorrow night when Baldwin is expecting to receive a tough physical test.
“Bradford is a tough place to go and get a result,” Baldwin added.
“Every game is a cup final until the rest of the season, but we are a confident side at the moment.”
Posh need a maximum of six points from their final four games to be certain of a play-off place.
They could make sure over Easter as they follow today’s (Good Friday) trip to Bradford (7.45pm kick-off) with a home game against struggling Carlisle on Monday (3pm).
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