Batt ready as Mackail-Smith cover

03 August 2009 01:52
Peterborough United winger Shaun Batt says he is ready to fill the void up front should Craig Mackail-Smith not be ready for Saturday's match with Derby. Mackail-Smith has been suffering with a recurrence of his body alignment problems, but is in line to play against Sunderland on Tuesday. Batt told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "It's unfortunate what's happened to Craig and he's unable to train. "But it gives me a chance to stake my claim to a place." The 21-year-old scored his second goal in a week in Posh's 3-0 win over Oxford on Saturday. He could cover for Mackail-Smith either as a direct swap up front or by filling in on the wing and allowing George Boyd to move forward. "I've always been considered at a winger, but lots of managers have chosen to play me up front," Batt said. "If I can grab the goals I am more than happy to play up front, although I do like to drift out wide."

Source: BBC_Sport