Central defender Gaby Zakuani is adamant a winning run is just around the corner for Peterborough United.
Zakuani believes the performance in defeat at Colchester in the second round of the FA Cup last weekend (December 7) was a sign of better times to come for a Posh team that has lost six of its last eight competitive matches.
Colchester won a third round tie at Championship club Cardiff with a goal in injury time just after Posh striker Aaron Mclean had seen a penalty saved by home ‘keeper Sam Walker.
Zakuani played his second successive game of a stop-start personal season at the heart of the Posh defence alongside Christian Burgess. He’s hoping to stay in the side for the League One trip to his old club Leyton Orient this Saturday (December 13), but he will be off on international duty again in January after helping DR Congo reach the African Cup of Nations finals.
“Of all the games on the bad run the Colchester game was the one we definitely didn’t deserve to lose,” Zakuani insisted. “Anyone watching the game, particularly in the second-half, would surely admit that? It is all about the win at the moment, but if we keep playing like that week in, week out, there won’t be a problem. We should take plenty of positives from the way we played.
“I was happy with how we defended. We talked before the game about the importance of a solid base and we delivered that. Colchester didn’t really create anything and I felt comfortable playing alongside Christian.
“It has been a stop-start season for me. I played well on the opening day of the season, but picked up an injury and obviously I keep going away to play for my country.
“I can’t turn my country down. I’m proud that in a nation of 77 million I am one of 25 who will represent them at a big tournament.
“BUt I also accept that every time I come back from international duty I can’t expect to walk straight back into the side.
“I’m desperate to play at Orient on Saturday though, I support that club because they gave me my first chance in professional football, but there will be no sentiment involved on Saturday.
“I’m always determined to back there and do well and it’s a big game as both teams need three points.”
Zakuani is one of four Posh squad members with experience of life at Leyton Orient FC. New signing Harry Beautyman was at the London club for nine years from the age of nine, goalkeeper Ben Alnwick played one game for them last season and on-loan striker Mclean started his professional career at Brisbane Road.