Gabby Zakuani a 'proper man', says Darren Ferguson

Gabby Zakuani

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson has hailed Gabby Zakuani's grit after he played through with a broken toe.

The defender, 25, has opted to play for the rest of the season with pain-killing injections rather than undergo surgery and cut short his campaign.

"I thought he was outstanding. As he has been most of the season," Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"There's not many made like Gabby anymore. He's a proper man that lad."

Zakuani, who has been hindered by the injury since August, held firm alongside the Posh defence to secure their third clean sheet of the season and end an eight-game run without a win.

"He was fantastic," added Ferguson. "Anything that went into the box he headed, I think he missed one from a set piece.

"He doesn't just head it, he heads it properly out of the box."

Zakuani's decision to play through the pain is a welcome boost to Posh, who will lose Ryan Bennett to Norwich City after Saturday's trip to Doncaster.

Ferguson does have the option of using new signing Shaun Brisley, but says he is keen to bring in another centre-half.

"We've got one or two we like the look of. Whether we get them or not I don't know," said the Scot.

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"Shaun has trained really well. We'll give him an extra week's training and look at him again. We're definitely still on the hunt for getting another one in."

And the Posh boss reserved praise for attacker Lee Tomlin, who scored twice against the Robins after weeks of enduring supporter criticism.

"He tries things at times that don't come off," said Ferguson. "He can drive you mental at times but I suppose if you took that out of his game you would lose a little bit of him.

"Some of the stuff he does is fantastic. He's like anyone else, he needs confidence and I thought he had lost a little bit with everything that went on with Lee and the fans and the rest of it.

"I was really pleased for him. He needed the goals and we needed the win."

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