Reputations mean nothing to Peters
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn talisman Mark Peters is ready to take his injury frustrations out on more Blue Square North strikers. Peters made his first start since mid-October in the club's timely 2-0 weekend league over title-chasing Gateshead after recovering from a broken leg.
King's Lynn talisman Mark Peters is ready to take his injury frustrations out on more Blue Square North strikers.
Peters made his first start since mid-October in the club's timely 2-0 weekend league over title-chasing Gateshead after recovering from a broken leg.
The experienced centre-back helped subdue young visiting hot-shot Lee Novak on his long awaited Lynn comeback ahead of the 20-year-old's reported six-figure January transfer window deadline day move to League One Huddersfield.
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“I was happy with my fitness levels but I was tiring towards the last 15 minutes, which wasn't a surprise,” said Peters. “I did know about the lad before the game because he had been getting a lot of attention.
“It's a difficult one because I've been in a similar situation. You're just about to sign a contract and he probably was hoping to go straight into Huddersfield but the clubs have agreed to let him stay at Gateshead for the rest of this season.
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“I'm sure the first thing in his mind was, 'don't go and get injured'. Anyone in his situation would have felt the same. I just thought if I could get in and around him early on he might just think he didn't need this.
“Credit to our whole team, though, because he wasn't really getting any great service to work with.”
Peters proved a calming influence in a Linnets' backline that featured young trio Luke Graham, goalkeeper Rob Murray and fellow centre-back Bradley Thomas.
“I think that is something which really just comes with age,” said the 36-year-old. “You've been through so many situations before and know what to expect. People always say experience is vital and there is obviously a reason for that.
“I just see it as part of the game to pass on advice or maybe the odd rollicking. When the ball goes forward that is when a lot of our work as defenders should be done in terms of positioning and what have you to do so when the ball comes back we keep possession and pin teams inside their own half.
“You get confidence from doing the right things and one thing I always try and get through to the younger lads is that mistakes will happen. As long as you take the right options then it will turn - just don't let little things get to you which maybe the younger boys do.”
Peters insists Keith Webb's squad will not get carried away ahead of this weekend's trip to struggling Solihull after ending a winless league run dating back to November 8.
“I've watched many of those games and seen the lads play well but for whatever reason it came right for us on Saturday,” he said. “I think the overriding emotion was relief and it's important now we build on this and don't let it slip.
“It's not about worrying what could happen above or below us. There are a lot of points to play for between now and the end of the season and lets see how many we can pick up.
“I believe we have a strong squad but you know there might be more ups and downs along the way. The main thing is we concentrate on what we can do and nobody else.
“It's amazing what can happen if you do get some momentum going forwards. We've played Gateshead and Tamworth now in the last few days and for large spells there really wasn't anything in either game. Tamworth just had a lad who stepped up and put a 25-yard free kick in the top corner. You can't do too much about that.”