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Saturday 21 April 2018

Posh boy Forrester back to his best

Peterborough’s Irish midfielder Chris Forrester (r) celebrates with team-mates during Saturday’s FA Cup third round win at Aston Villa
Peterborough’s Irish midfielder Chris Forrester (r) celebrates with team-mates during Saturday’s FA Cup third round win at Aston Villa

Peterborough United boss Grant McCann has hailed the composure of Dubliner Christopher Forrester after the League One side pulled off one of the FA Cup shocks of the weekend.

The Posh travelled to Villa Park and came away with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, boss Steve Bruce admitting that his side deserved nothing from the game.

Peterborough fans wasted no time in taunting Villa man Jack Grealish for a tweet, when the third round draw was made, where former Ireland U21 cap Grealish suggested that Villa playing the winners of a replay between Peterborough and Woking was an easy tie.

Villa made 10 changes for the Cup game but Bruce insisted that even a weakened side should have been able to account for a team from a division below.

But Forrester played a big role as Posh earned their 3-1 win and a place in the fourth round. "It was a really good performance and I really enjoyed it," said manager McCann. "I enjoyed watching my team, the way we moved the ball, I enjoyed the composure of Forrester and (Anthony) Grant, our defensive qualities and some big saves.

"We were outstanding. It's important we don't get too excited though. We have to stay level-headed as we have some more big games coming up."

The Villa win was an important moment for Forrester (25) as he now appears to be back to his best after a dip in form cost him his place in the team. The former Bohemians and St Patrick's Athletic man was Posh captain last season but had the armband taken away at the start of this season and was dropped early on this season after a loss of form.

Peterborough's Irish-born chairman, Darragh MacAnthony even took to social media to deny reports that Forrester was about to be sent out on loan after he was linked with a return to the League of Ireland. "He's back to his old self & that is like a new signing. Watch him flourish," he said last week, Forrester going on to back that up against Villa.

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