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Posh boss Dave Robertson.
Posh boss Dave Robertson.
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Posh boss Dave Robertson has no doubts that he’s built a squad capable of winning promotion from League One this season.

Robertson has not been scared all summer about making that confidence public knowledge, but now it’s time to put his words into action.

Robertson, who is about to start his first full season as manager, is also hopeful of embarking on a long cup run.

Robertson said: “It is a promotion-winning campaign for us. We all want to be successful and everything we do will be geared towards getting out of this league. Everyone is prepared to work hard and give everything to achieve our goal which is something that we have laid out from day one.

“Promotion is everything this year and anything less than that would be a failure this season. We know that it is going to be a marathon so we are prepared for the long haul over 46 games.”

One bone of contention amongst the Posh faithful is the lack of experience up front with only Conor Washington and Kyle Vassell having played at League One level.

However Robertson believes that will not be a factor and the river of goals will not dry up like last season.

Robertson added: “I don’t worry that we don’t have too much experience up front because a good striker is a good striker as far as I am concerned. Dwight Gayle and Britt Assombalonga didn’t have any League One experience when they came to us and Gayle went on to score two goals against Liverpool in the Premier League so that doesn’t concern me.

“It is the way the club works. We develop young players and that is what we will do with the players we have at the club. I am sure they will take on their responsibility of scoring goals and getting the ABAX Stadium bouncing.

“I am over the moon with my squad, Jack Collison has been voted into the top 10 summer signings which says it all. Joe Gormley looks very promising and is developing a partnership with Conor Washington nicely. We have also added a couple of young strikers to increase our forward options.

“Last season we were missing creativity and goals so it was crucial for me to add that this year.

“Kieran Sadlier has looked very promising and fits the mould of the young creative players we want at the club. Andrew Fox has added cover at full back so the additions have strengthened the side well and all the players have bought into our promotion-winning aim.

“Home form will be key to our chances. Last season after I took over we only lost one home game and we need to make the ABAX Stadium a fortress next season.

“We have shown good signs in pre-season against West Ham, Spurs and Ipswich.

“We also know that we are going to have to adapt the way we play in some games in order to get the result we need.

“It is important to get off to a good start to the season, but we will be aiming to hit our targets consistently throughout the season because you win the league over the course of nine months. Pre-season has gone very well for us so I can’t wait to get started.

“I am also pleased with our first round Capital Cup draw at home against Crawley and that hopefully sets us up for a good cup run. The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is another competition that we hope to go far in like most strong League One clubs.”

One year ago Robertson was Academy manager at Posh, but the ex-Royal Marine admits he always had his eye on the target of becoming a first team manager during last season.

Robertson revealed: “Looking back at this time last year I said that I wanted to become a manager. That was my own personal aim and objective which I stated quite openly.

“Fortunately for me the opportunity has arrived at a club that I love.”