Reggae Boy Clarke-Harris rues frustrating draw at Bolton

September 25, 2023
Jonson Clarke-Harris
Jonson Clarke-Harris

LONDON, England (CMC):

Reggae Boy Jonson Clarke-Harris has lamented Peterborough's frustrating 1-1 draw away to Bolton, while ruing their lack of concentration.

The 29-year-old frontman put the visitors ahead in the 42nd minute at Toughsheet Community Stadium on Saturday, only to watch as Victor Adeboyejo levelled moments later.

Peterborough then spurned several chances to win the contest, despite playing with a man advantage after Gethin Jones was sent off in first-half stoppage.

"It's so frustrating. Their post was the best player on the pitch, and we were unfortunate. We completely dominated the game in the first half and did everything the boss asked us to do," Clarke-Harris said.

"In the second half, it was difficult. We came up against the same thing on Tuesday [against Cheltenham], when we had to break them down slowly, and we've just missed out this time.

"I wish they'd have kept 11 men on the pitch, because they wouldn't have taken so long to restart the game every time.

"We played the game at our tempo and knew they would come out flying, but I'd back all our players to come out on top in a man-for-man battle against Bolton.

"I wish they hadn't gone down to 10 because we were in total control."

A victory would've seen Peterborough, nicknamed the Posh, go to fifth in the League One standings, tied with Barnsley and Exeter City.

Instead, the solitary point left them eighth on 14 points, with just a single win in their last four outings.

"Conceding so quickly after taking the lead shows a lack of concentration," Clarke-Harris continued.

"People keep saying we're a young group, but we have to come here and take points if we want to be at the top half of the table."

He added: "It's definitely two points lost today, but we're going to have to take it on the chin."

Clarke-Harris's goal was his second in five days and fourth already this season, signalling that the disappointment of his failed deadline-day transfer to Bristol Rovers was behind him.

The two clubs had agreed an PS800,000 move, with Clarke-Harris even driving to Rovers' training ground in Almondsbury, before the deal collapsed after Rovers failed to submit the paperwork on time.

"I'm a simple man. I get my head down and play games. Whatever has happened has happened. I'm here, and I'm focused. The boss wants me to do a job, so I'll do a job," he said.

"As for my goal, hopefully, it's just a copy and paste every week, and the boys will recognise what kind of player I am and keep delivering balls like that into the box."

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