Ball won’t celebrate goal at Posh

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David Ball would love to score at former club Peterborough United on Saturday but insists he wouldn’t celebrate.

The striker is in his third season with Fleetwood Town, having joined from the Posh in the summer of 2012.

Saturday will mark his first return to London Road since making that move and the 23-year-old would love nothing more than to catch team-mates Jamie Proctor and Stephen Dobbie in the scoring stakes.

Ball told The Gazette: “I’ll be buzzing if I can get a goal down there. I had some good years with Peterborough .

“If I can get one down there, I’ll be made up.

“I don’t think I’ll celebrate. I’ll celebrate inside but try not to show it.

“The main thing, though, is getting on the team-sheet.”

Fleetwood ended a three-game run without finding the net in Saturday’s 3-3 home draw with Bristol City.

Ball wasn’t on the score sheet – he hasn’t found the net since the opening day clash with Crewe Alexandra – but insists its all about the team effort.

He said: “I’m pleased we’ve ended the drought and I’m delighted for the lads who got goals. “We’ve got a group of lads who work so hard. We always knew it was coming because we’ve created a load of chances.

“Whether it be myself, Jamie Proctor or Stephen Dobbie, I’m made up for anyone who gives a lift to the team.”

It was end-to-end action at the weekend and Ball admitted it took time to get used to the frantic pace of a game branded “Championship-quality” by Robins boss Steve Cotterill

Ball said:“I think that in the first 20 or 30 minutes it was a really open game.

“There were a few of us trying to get our breath with the pace it was going.

“We were disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded.

“We’ve not been giving up that kind of goal, so it was disappointing and it changed the game.

“Those goals swung it for them.Don’t take anything away from them, though – they are a good side and there’s a reason they are up there. When we scored we gave them a chance to play.”

But it was a welcome start for the forward, who found himself on the bench for last Wednesday’s game against Barnsley.

“It’s good to be back in,” he said. “At the time I really didn’t want to come out.

“But we’ve got three good strikers at the club and the gaffer is always freshening things up, bringing people in and out.

“On Saturday Jamie Proctor has come off the bench and scored. “Maybe last Wednesday I could have scored.

“I know there are going to be ups and downs but I’m happy to be involved with such great players up front.”

Town are without a win in six games and have slid back from the summit of the League One table.

But Ball insists things could be very different had they taken their chances.

He said: “I think we could have taken six points or four points. But we’ve warranted two points from two teams who have been playing in the Championship in recent seasons.

“That just shows how good this squad and what we are working to – the players, the manager, the club as a whole.”

Graham Alexander’s men are unbeaten at Highbury in the League this season.

And Ball believes the home crowds, which have swelled this term, can play a big part.

The striker has noticed a big difference in the atmosphere at Fleetwood. He said: “I definitely feel a difference from the crowd.

“They are enjoying the way we play football, seeing lads working hard for their team.

“I think they are enjoying every moment of seeing these big clubs coming here and us giving them a good game. I’ve felt a real lift from them.

“The energy we get off the crowds now is just fantastic.”