Posh latest: Robbo discusses Dan Crowley and first summer defeat

Lee Angol in action for Posh at Grimsby. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Lee Angol in action for Posh at Grimsby. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Manager Dave Robertson tonight (July 28) declined to dismiss the rumours linking Peterborough United with a loan move for highly-rated Arsenal midfielder Dan Crowley.

It was reported earlier this week that Crowley (17) was a target for Posh so Robertson was asked the question after tonight’s 2-1 friendly defeat at Grimsby.

“Everyone knows Dan Crowley is an excellent player,” Robertson stated. “He played against my Posh youth team for Aston Villa when we beat them 4-0, but he then single-handedly ripped us apart the following year for Arsenal.

“Dan is an excellent player, but he’s an Arsenal player so we will have to wait to see what develops.”

Crowley has been likened to a young Jack Wilshere, but Posh have plenty of midfield options already at the club, including newcomer Kieran Sadlier who scored a brilliant goal at Blundell Park. Unfortunately the home side hit back to win with two second-half goals.

Robertson added: “Kieran is one of a number of players pushing hard for a first-team start. His goal was magnificent, but his all-round game was also very good.

“We played well in the first-half after receiving the boost of an early goal, but there were too many long, straight passes in the second-half.

“It was a good, very worthwhile test for us though against very good opposition. The objective tonight was to make sure every player got the minutes they needed and we achieved that.

“There were strong individual displays from Harry Anderson who excites me when he runs at players, while goalkeeper Dion Henry grew in confidence as the game wore on.

“I liked what I saw of Lee Angol as well. He ran in behind and he pressed defenders well, while Gaby Zakuani was rock solid in his time on the pitch and Tobi Adebayo-Rowling was excellent at right-back again.

“This team is a developing team and they did well overall.”

Midfielder Jack Collison should see some action in the Chris Turner Memorial match against Cambridge United at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday (August 1).

Midfielder Harry Beautyman is again likely to be absent.