Posh v Coventry: Champagne Kearns is in sparkling form

Danny Kearns.
Danny Kearns.
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DANNY Kearns delivered another champagne moment as Posh secured a crucial 1-0 Championship win over Coventry at London Road.

The 20 year-old Irishman played a major part in the Posh equaliser at Leicester the previous weekend and his sumptuous pass on Saturday helped substitute Paul Taylor create the match-winning goal for Emile Sinclair.

It was the highlight of an impressive full debut for Kearns, one that was good enough to earn the midfielder the sponsor’s man-of-the-match award.

Kearns said: “It was just great to make my full debut and to have a hand in the goal, but it was more important that it led to three points.

“We needed the win which is perhaps why we were a bit edgy at times, but we saw it through to pick up an excellent three points.

“I’ve had to be patient and wait for my chance to start, but to be fair I knew that would be the case when I joined. I’ve been made to feel very welcome though and I feel like part of the squad.

“I felt I did well as a sub in the last couple of games, but starting a match is very different.

“We showed a different side of our game against Coventry. Everyone knows we like to pass the ball about and get forward, but we had to dig in and defend well to get the right result.

“I’m very happy, but I know I can improve on stuff like tracking runners and working back when we lose the ball.”

Posh boss Darren Ferguson was delighted with Kearns and praised the impact made by Taylor who replaced injury victim Lee Frecklington in the opening minutes of the second half.

Ferguson said: “Danny is a good player now and he is going to be a very good player in the future. He has everything I like in a midfielder as he can pass, he moves well and he has an excellent temperament.

“Paul changed the game in our favour though. Sometimes players can make a mug of their manager as you’d watch that and wonder why he didn’t start, but we might not have got that performance from him.”