Peterborough defender Mark Beevers is happy his old club Bolton Wanderers are back on an even keel and is looking forward to playing against his former side on Saturday.
The experienced campaigner spent three years at the University of Bolton Stadium, helping them to League One promotion in 2017. Nonetheless, while he is happy the famous old club has put their financial trouble behind them, he is desperate to beat them and keep Peterborough’s promotion push on track.
Posh head into the clash in third place and will take on a Bolton side in dire straights at the bottom of League One. The Trotters face a monumental task to avoid relegation, having started the season on minus twelve points as a result of off-field financial troubles seeing the club enter administration.
They head to London Road fifteen points from safety, but Beevers stressed Posh were not taking the game lightly when he spoke to the Peterborough Telegraph. He said: ‘I’m glad the club has straightened itself out, What happened there has been well documented, but it’s in the past now. It’s been resolved, and they can concentrate on playing football again.’
‘In a way, there is no pressure on them because of the points deduction, and there is no way we can take them lightly.’
‘I was there for three seasons, but there are only about five players left from my time, so I don’t know a lot about them. Even the manager has changed.’
‘But what I do know is they have signed some good, experienced players.’
‘The Bolton games are ones I looked up when the fixtures came out, but I won’t be treating Saturday’s game any differently.’
‘The team will prepare thoroughly as always, and we will analyse their strengths and weaknesses and hope that leads to a win.’
Beevers was also hoping the game marked a return to scoring form with the big defender still looking for his first league goal for Posh despite being a constant threat from set-pieces. He said: ‘I’ve not had much of a chance to score yet, which is irritating as Frankie Kent (fellow centre-back) has two goals, something he likes to remind me about.’
‘I’ve been used more as a decoy at set-pieces, but hopefully, I’ll get a goal soon which will get the confidence up.’
Beevers netted seven times in Bolton’s promotion season, and no doubt Trotters fans will be holding their breath every time a corner or free-kick heads towards their former favourite in the box.
While age may be catching up with Beevers, his lack of pace compensated by his reading of the game and he’s been a good signing for Posh.
Deployed recently at the centre of a back three, a role that seems to suit him, he’s helped Posh become stingy in defence.
Indeed, they have equalled their clean sheet total from three of the previous six seasons before Christmas.
He obviously enjoyed his time at Bolton, but the chances are he will break his scoring duck against his old club at the weekend.
I, for one, will be checking the odds for a goal at any time during the game.