David Ball targets lead role at Peterborough United

David Ball
Ball joined Peterborough from Manchester City in January

Peterborough United striker David Ball has pledged to fill the void left by Craig Mackail-Smith.

Mackail-Smith moved to Brighton in July having scored 99 goals in 212 games.

Ball, 21, has scored three goals in two games so far this season and told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "There's a big spot open there. Craig was brilliant.

"I came in January and played a lot of games behind him because he was doing so well, but now it's up to me to take that position on."

Ball spent six months on loan at Swindon last season, scoring three goals in 21 appearances.

He joined Peterborough on the last day of the January transfer window and went on to score five goals in 21 matches, helping Posh to promotion from League One.

Now, with Mackail-Smith gone Ball has been told to play as an out-and-out striker this season.

"I get told to be the one who stays up, and let [Lee] Tomlin come in and play, so it does get frustrating because you're not getting as involved as you'd like to be," he said.

"But as soon as the ball comes in and around the box that's part of my game."

He scored the winner in Saturday's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

"As soon as you score one you seem to get he confidence to knock in the next one, and the next one," he said.

"Me and Tommo [Lee Tomlin] works really well, he knows how I play and I know how he plays."