After impressing for the reserve side, Callum Cooke was called into the match day squad for last weekend’s clash with Gillingham. The former Middlesbrough youngster came off the bench and scored his first goal for The Posh, slotting away a late consolation in front of the travelling fans.

Manager Steve Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph that Cooke had been in fine form for the club’s reserve side, hence his call up to the first team last Saturday – and he could be set for another outing this weekend against Blackpool, where Cooke spent last season on loan.

Evans spoke highly of the playmaker:

“Callum has been outstanding in reserve matches and in training which is why we put him in the squad at Gillingham.

“And he did very well. His goal was well taken. He was very cool.”

The midfielder reflected on his spell at Bloomfield Road, where he made 34 appearances for the Tangerines:

“It was an up and down loan spell for me there last season.

“I played a lot of games which was good though. I’ve had my eye on the fixture for a while. I will remain professional though and if I get the opportunity I hope I can score another goal.

He also reflected on his side’s impressive start to the season, but is keen to get back to winning ways in front of the home crowd after going two games without a win at London Road:

“We’ve broken on teams really well this season. Opponents have really struggled to live with us and that was the case last Saturday as we overcame a daft 10-minute spell to win convincingly again.

“The lads have been brilliant away from home, but we now need to start performing like that at home.”

“We have to build on the Gillingham result by beating Blackpool and that would set us up for a big game at Sunderland next Tuesday.

“We aren’t looking at the table too much. We’re just trying to beat whoever is put in front of us, but we are confident we have the ability to beat anyone on our day. It’s onwards and, hopefully upwards, for us from now on.”



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