Peterborough boss to stand by striker ahead of Portsmouth clash

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Peterborough boss Steve Evans has vowed to stand by top-scorer Jason Cummings ahead of this Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Pompey.

That’s after video footage emerged over the weekend of the Posh striker – who was named the Sky Bet League One player of the month for August – appearing to cause damage to his apartment.

The 23-year-old, who has scored six goals this season following a summer loan move from Nottingham Forest, can be seen chucking items of furniture around – including a widescreen television – while appearing to be drunk.

According to Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony, the player has been dealt with ‘in-house’.

It’s understood the Scottish international, who was substituted during Peterborough’s 3-2 win at Southend on Saturday, has recently split from his partner.

That victory kept the unbeaten Posh top of the League One standings and moved them two points clear of Kenny Jackett’s side ahead of this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated clash at London Road.

Peterborough striker Jason Cummings

Peterborough striker Jason Cummings

And Peterborough Evans has admitted he’ll be ‘supporting’ the front man in the build-up to the game.

‘It wasn’t pleasant to watch what went on, but the club have dealt with it and that will be the end of the matter for now,’ Evans is quoted in The Peterborough Telegraph.

‘We know what’s been going on in Jason’s life and his behaviour was a reaction to that.

‘He has been disciplined as per club procedures, but now we will concentrate on supporting Jason through a tough period in his life.

‘I do not offer my support blindly, but Jason is worth it because of his personality not because he is a top player.

‘He’s just suffered because of 10 minutes of madness.

‘We shouldn’t stop players having a couple of beers after a good win, but Jason must know when to stop.

‘I took him to the ice hockey last night with my family and he was apologetic and full of remorse.

‘He knows he has done wrong and I doubt he will repeat it.

‘Jason is the most popular player in the dressing room. He comes to work every day smiling and joking. He’s been getting some stick from the rest of the squad today as you would expect, but in a good humoured way.’