Peterborough United boss Dave Robertson insists his players will stay positive despite losing at home for the first time under his management to Coventry City today (March 28)
The Sky Blues claimed all three points thanks to a solitary goal from substitute Blair Turgott 20 minutes from time. The defeat meant Posh dropped out of the play-off places - they are now eighth, but they are level on points with Rochdale who occupy the final play-off slot.
Posh have seven games left in which to clamber back into the top six starting at relegation-haunted Scunthorpe on Good Friday (April 3).
Robertson said: “I have all the stats to hand and we out-shot and out-crossed Coventry. We have had a right go, but the ball hasn’t fallen our way today.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game and their goal was fortunate as it came from a deflection, but we lost because we didn’t take our chances.
“We need to be more instinctive sometimes and not try to score the perfect goal. I don’t want players to take two touches in the opposition penalty area as the chance to score will probably disappear.
“But we are still very much in the mix for the play-offs and as long as we stay positive for the final seven matches we will have a great chance.
“The teams neutralised each other today. I’m disappointed for the players as they’ve worked their socks off for each other.
“They were down afterwards which is understandable, but I’ve told them to pick themselves up and, just as importantly, pick each other up because we have to go again next weekend when we will need to show some steel and determination to bounce back with a positive result.”
Robertson was pleased with the debut of new loan striker Luke Williams who came on as a half-time substitute for Conor Washington.
Robertson added: “Luke Williams had a great impact on the game. He is going to be some player. He likes to drop off and collect the ball like Lee Tomlin. He brought cleverness to the side.
“Luke gave us a new dimension to our attacking play. He was exceptional.”