Luke relieved as he finally opens his account for Posh

Luke James celebrates after scoring against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday. Picture by Joe Dent/theposh.com
Luke James celebrates after scoring against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday. Picture by Joe Dent/theposh.com

A relieved Luke James has described scoring his first League One goal for Peterborough United in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Doncaster as ‘the best feeling ever’.

The Amble ace has endured a frustrating time in front of goal since his £500,000 move from Hartlepool United to the ABAX Stadium during the August transfer window.

Before the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium, he hadn’t scored since netting on his Posh debut over six months ago, during a 3-2 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy cup defeat to Leyton Orient in September.

But the 20 year-old’s attitude and commitment to the cause has endeared him to his team-mates and the club’s fans, as proven by the reaction to his 18th-minute headed goal from a quality Jon Taylor cross.

“It was the best feeling ever when I saw the ball go into the net,” admitted James, who had gone 26 appearances without a goal prior to his first-half opener against Doncaster.

He added: “The reaction of everyone was different class. I wasn’t surprised though as the players and the management staff have all supported me from the moment I stepped through the door.

“Not scoring had affected me, but I was determined to keep doing the right things and if I did that I was confident the goals would start to some. It was a great cross from Jon and he would have rightly had a go at me if I hadn’t scored.

“The delivery from the wings from Joe Newell and Jon will usually be good so it’s up to me to keep making the runs and getting on the end of the crosses.

“I’ve tried to stay positive since I’ve been here. The fact that I was still getting picked to play even though I wasn’t scoring told me that I must be doing something right and hopefully I will now go on a scoring run.

“It is a relief to finally get off the mark in the league. I’m here to score goals and even if I’ve played well I’m still disappointed if I haven’t scored.

“There have been games when I’ve done everything but score. The goalkeepers have been making great saves or I’ve just missed the target so it was great to make a contribution to another great result.

“We have a lot of self-belief now that we take into every game. We have a top goalkeeper who has kept three clean sheets in four matches and the defence looks rock solid as a whole.

“When us strikers see that level of performance from the rest of the team we know we have to step up and do our bit as well.

“We’re playing with a lot of intensity, passion and commitment throughout the team. We are putting opponents under tremendous pressure and even the best players make mistakes when they are given no time on the ball.”

After seeing James break his League One duck at the weekend, Posh manager Dave Robertson is backing the forward to become a star Peterborough United player.

He said: “Everyone loves Luke. He is as hard a working player as you will ever come across.

“He plays for the team, his commitment and effort never waver and his enthusiasm is infectious. That’s why we went a little bit crazy when he scored.

“It’s onwards and upwards for him from now on and we couldn’t be happier for him. He’s a great lad and he deserves success in the game.”