Peterborough United returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion, defeating Accrington Stanley 4-0 at the Wham Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Another inspiring performance from in form striker Ivan Toney helped Posh return to winning ways, as Posh’s promotion push faltered over the past few weeks.
The former Newcastle United striker bagged another hat trick to take his tally to 16 for this season, and defender Rhys Bennett followed up on Marcus Maddison’s free kick to send the travelling Posh faithful home happy.
Posh boss Steve Evans opted for a change of system, putting winger Siriki Dembele up front with Toney, giving him some more flexibility throughout the game. The Scot has come under fire from fans in recent weeks, but insisted prior to the game that criticism has only made him more determined – and he certainly followed that up today.
“That was dominant, fantastic, outstanding and very professional,” Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph.
“I’m so pleased for the travelling fans who saw a poor display at Barnsley. They still travelled up here in good numbers and they must have been pleased with what they saw.
“Accrington are strong at home, but I knew from weeks ago how I would play up here. We played very positively and pressed high up the pitch to force mistakes. We played a midfield diamond at times, and 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 at other times, but nothing would have worked if the players hadn’t worked as hard as they did. They were excellent from one to 11.
“We kept a clean sheet against a good set of attacking players and Ivan Toney was again outstanding. We played Siriki Dembele up with him today and told him to use his explosive pace and it worked perfectly.
“Ivan is a dream for a manager. His goals record is brilliant, but his workrate is phenomenal. He is the best defensive header of the ball in the club and he even made one superb tackle in his own penalty area.
“I was pleased for the goalkeeper and the back four, especially Tyler Denton who has had to be very patient this season.
“Our Christmas programme is tough and we won’t be getting carried away with this one result. We need to beat Scunthorpe now as after that we will strengthen the squad and have even more competition for places.
“We go into 2019 in a good place, but we know we have plenty to do to get where we want to be.”