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Pearson praises Mclean

Ferguson feared striker would come back to haunt Peterborough

Last Updated: 10/09/11 7:25pm

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Mclean: Earned the praise of his manager after scoring Hull's winner against his former club

Mclean: Earned the praise of his manager after scoring Hull's winner against his former club

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Nigel Pearson praised Aaron Mclean after he scored Hull City's winner against his former club Peterborough United, while Darren Ferguson felt the striker could come back to haunt his old team.

Mclean is no stranger to being a match-winner at London Road only this time it was in the colours of the Tigers as he scored the game's only goal two minutes after half-time.

It was just the fourth goal Mclean has scored for Hull since making a £1.3million move from Posh back in January, but enough to condemn his old employers to a first home league defeat of the campaign.

He did his best to stick to a pre-match pledge of not celebrating despite being mobbed by his delighted team-mates and Pearson was another man thrilled to see his striker find the net.

Desperate

Pearson said: "I'm really pleased for Aaron. Anyone who saw him train this week will have known how desperate he was to come back to Peterborough and play well.

"He hasn't scored the number of goals he would have liked since coming to the club, but he contributes so much to the team in his all-round performances.

"I'm also delighted for the other lads to come here and get the result we wanted despite a far from ideal preparation.

"We had eight lads away on international duty and I felt we looked tired in the first half, but we did enough to get the result."

Peterborough manager Ferguson said: "I had a feeling Aaron might score when that ball dropped to him, but there is no way we deserved to lose a game that probably should have ended 0-0.

"I'm well aware of the fact we haven't scored since hitting seven the other week, but that's not a concern.

"We are still creating chances and have to continue to believe in what we are doing. We won't change the way we play because we have the right philosophy here."

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