Steve Evans has urged his Peterborough United first team players to be put under more pressure by his squad, he has told the Peterborough Telegraph.

Steve Evans’ introduction of a Peterborough United Reserves side has helped bring around some more competition within his squad. Midfielder Callum Cooke’s impressive midweek performance in a reserves match against Milton Keynes Dons led to him being called into the matchday squad for their win against Gillingham on Saturday. Cooke came off the bench in the second half, and ended up scoring the fourth goal in their 4-2 away victory.

Posh played another game in the Central League Cup today against Notts County, which resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Posh.

Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph:

“These games are important. We picked Callum in the squad on Saturday because he was our best player at MK Dons in a reserve game.

“George Cooper hasn’t done anything wrong, but Callum forced his way in because of the way he performed in that game and in training.

“I like consistency of selection, but I’m not running a closed shop. It’s important the whole squad is kept on their toes by other players fighting for their place.”

Right midfielder Joe Ward and Scottish midfielder Mark O’Hara were both involved in the game against Notts County today, despite both starting many of the opening games this season. Star man’s Marcus Maddison’s increasing fitness will be bad news for Ward, who has made an impressive start to the season under Steve Evans.

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