As expected, Glenn Loovens, Denver Hume, Lynden Gooch and Lee Cattermole will all miss the Peterborough United match. Jack Ross explained: “None of the players who picked up injuries on Saturday will be available for tomorrow night, and we’re having them assessed as we speak. We think Lynden will be reasonably short-term, as he had a similar injury last year, but he was only out for 9-10 days. We’re probably less concerned about Glenn, although it might be a couple of weeks, but Denver is the one we’re more concerned about at the moment. He’s had knee problems in the past and watching it back it looked like a sore one, but he will have a scan today, and Glenn will have one tomorrow, and after we get the results we will know the full extent. We will also miss Lee Cattermole [due to suspension], as his influence has been obvious in terms of his performance levels. I think the goals have drawn more attention to it, but he’s been great for me since day one of pre-season, and I think he’s enjoying his football. He has a huge desire to take the club back up the divisions."
In other news, Jon McLaughlin had been recalled to the Scotland squad for his country’s games against Israel and Portugal. McLaughlin’s call up means that our home game against Blackpool, a week Saturday, is more than likely to be postponed because despite Lynden Gooch being injured, so unavailable for the USA, Bryan Oviedo will be away with Costa Rica and Tom Flanagan will probably be in the Northern Ireland squad. Jack Ross said: “I was chatting to Jon McLaughlin this morning, and I’m delighted he’s back in the squad. I think he recognises that Scotland have two very good goalkeepers in Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor, but he’s proven his quality and I thought he was unfortunate not to have been in the last squad. His performance levels for us have just carried on from where he was at last season with Hearts. It’s a nice reward for him to be back in the squad, and it’s fully deserved given the way he’s played for us right from the very first game. He was one of the first players that I identified that I wanted to bring to the club. It was a position that was important we got right. I obviously watched him very closely last season, and when you added that to his experience and the fact that he had been successful in this league, he just ticked so many boxes. He’s also at a stage of his life and career where he can handle the pressures of playing for this club. He’s pretty unflappable as a character, and I think you can see that in his performance levels. The one thing that has been hard for him is that he’s not had that real tangible reward in terms of clean sheets. We haven’t had enough of them, and that’s frustrating for him, but his performance levels have been very good and he’s undoubtedly played a part in us having a decent start to the season as well. That’s not going to change, because I’m sure he’ll produce that consistency over the course of the season.”
Meanwhile, Max Power reckons that the result of the Peterborough game won’t decide our season. He said: "It is early in the season and Coventry was a point on the road, if we can back that result up with a win then it is a good start to the week. It was fantastic support, I had goose bumps at times listening to the [5,000-strong away end] sing before I came on. It is cliched stuff, but it makes a difference, it was just unfortunate we couldn't give them three points. But the signs this season are very good and we move to Tuesday. There are always games in the season that hold more importance than others, at this stage let's not get carried away, it won't define our season albeit we do want to keep the winning run going at home. We all know the importance of the game, we will recover and train well and go again Tuesday. I came on at 1-0 and we conceded within two minutes so it wasn't the best of starts but I thought we responded to conceding really well. It was a cup tie near the end, it was end-to-end. We responded well to a few setbacks in the game, losing two of our defenders in the first half hour of a game is never easy. Catts popped up with a great finish. They were throwing everything at us, if we could have ground through that period we would have left with three points but there were a lot of positives to take, the last 20 minutes we created a lot and the keeper has made a few good saves. It is a point on the road, of course we would want three but we have a huge game Tuesday to bounce back quickly."
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