LEE PELTIER considers himself a right-back, but he’s happy to put in a shift anywhere on the pitch.
And when it comes to his latest position in midfield, the 24-year-old former Yeovil player has got plenty of previous!
“That’s where I started out as a kid,” explained the Liverpool academy product who turned back time by playing there against Arsenal in the FA Cup last Sunday and Carlisle in League I on Tuesday.
“Believe it or not, I sometimes played centre-back as well, and I was considered a bit of a utility man before I settled into the right-back slot during my time at Liverpool.
“If you were to ask me, I’d say right-back is my best position, and I think I’ve added to my game since joining Town (in the 2009 close-season).
“The coaching staff here have really worked hard to help me progress, particularly on the attacking side of the role.
“But I’m more than happy to do a job anywhere on the pitch if the manager asks me and if it helps the team, and I’ve enjoyed the last two games.
“I like ratting about, getting stuck in and doing all the gritty work that needs to be done to win a game.”
Although beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the fourth round, Peltier and his teammates won themselves plenty of friends with their stirring performance at the Emirates.
And they maintained the momentum at the expense of Carlisle, winning 2-0 at the Galpharm to stay third in League I ahead of today’s game at Exeter.
“I think we all enjoyed the challenge of playing Arsenal, if not the result,” added Peltier, who faced the Gunners in the Carling Cup in one of his four appearances for Liverpool before joining Yeovil in July 2007.
“The manager asked me to get about them and try to break up their movement in midfield and our overall gameplan worked pretty well.
“We stuck with the same (4-3-3) formation against Carlisle, and that was obviously the right call because we won the game quite comfortably.”
Peltier, who also had a short spell at left-back last season, is in line for an 85th Town outing and 174th career appearance today, and continued: “Exeter are a decent side, and it’s a tough place to go, but we want three points.
“It’s a long way down there, but we’ll prepare properly and do our best to get the job done.”
Town’s busy schedule continues with another visit by Carlisle on Tuesday, this time for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern area final second leg.
Lee Clark’s side, of course, have to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit, and Peltier admitted: “It’s a tough ask, but it’s certainly not impossible.
“I think we have the players to do it, and our win last Tuesday has given us confidence and will have reminded them what kind of team we really are.
“We’ve scored four or more in quite a few games during my time at the club, so why can’t we do it again?”