Under-fire goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has been given a huge vote of confidence by Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson.
Alnwick has made a costly slip in each of the last two Posh matches, but he has been assured that his place is safe for the visit of League One leaders Gillingham to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow (August 29, 3pm kick-off).
Alnwick, who has taken over the captaincy from Michael Bostwick, is being pushed for his place by 17 year-old Dion-Henry Curtis.
Robertson said: “Ben will play against Gillingham. I have 100 per cent faith and confidence in him. He’s a strong character who has held his hands up for the two mistakes he made.
“He’s worked hard on the training ground to put things right and I know he will perform well for us. He’s a tough competitor and a winner.”
Posh still have injury doubts over first-choice full-backs Michael Smith and Kgosi Ntlhe tomorrow. Robertson has not given up hope of bringing a defender in on loan before the Gillingham game.
The transfer deadline is 6pm on Tuesday, September 1. Posh have a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Millwall that night.
Posh have two players away on international duty when scheduled to face Southend on September 5 following Jermaine Anderson’s call-up to the England Under 20 squad. Centre-back Gaby Zakuani will also be away that day with the DR Congo squad.
Posh striker Joe Gormley is also on stand-by for Northern Ireland. If Gormley is called up Posh would have the option of postponing the trip to Roots Hall, although the fact that the game is due to be televised live by Sky complicates any decision.
“We are having long discussions on potential signings,” Robertson added. “But it’s important we don’t rush into decisions. Any new players have to be the right ones. Whether or not I try and bring a left-back or right-back in before the Gillingham game is dependent on the injury news on Michael and Kgosi.
“The injuries have affected us as we’ve lost balance in the back four. When we get that balance back I am sure we will be a match for anyone in this division.”