Robbo frustrated by error-prone Posh

Posh substitute Harry Anderson rides the challenge of Charlton's El-Hadji Ba. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh substitute Harry Anderson rides the challenge of Charlton's El-Hadji Ba. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson admitted his side simply weren’t good enough as they were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Charlton at the ABAX Stadium tonight (August 25).

Posh went down 4-1 to the Championship high-fliers thanks mainly to an error-strewn defensive display. Robertson insisted all four goals were preventable.

Dejected Posh goalkeeper Ben Alnwick after Charlton's fourth goal. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Dejected Posh goalkeeper Ben Alnwick after Charlton's fourth goal. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Robertson made five changes to his starting line-up in an attempt to find a winning formula. Instead his side suffered a third straight defeat and next up on Saturday (August 29) is a home game against League One leaders Gillingham.

Robertson said: “Disappinting is the word that sums up that performance. All the goals they scored arrived because of our errors and that’s just not good enough.

“Goalkeeper Ben Alwnick dropped a cross for the first goal, Alex Davey has then slipped in the area and conceded a penalty. Harry Anderson gave the ball away for the third goal in a bad area and the fourth goal arrived on the counter attack from one of our own set-pieces.

“Charlton are a very good counter-attacking team and showed some quality, but we have to do better.

“At times our own passing was good, particularly in the first-half. We created our own chances and we have to start putting them away. After conceding such a bad early goal I felt we kept our composure really well for the rest of the first-half.

“At half-time we were well in the game, but not taking our own opportunities was also costly.

“Clearly there are a lot of things we must put right before we face a strong Gillingham side, but we will do just that. We can’t make mistakes like we did tonight against teams with such quality.

“It’s time for the lads to show some character now and man up.”

First-choice full-backs Michael Smith and Kgosi Ntlhe have a chance of being fit for the Gillingham game. They were missing last night, while midfielder Michael Bostwick, who started the season as first-team captain, was dropped to the substitutes’ bench.

Midfielder Kieran Sadlier made his Posh debut as a wing-back and Robertson refused to rule out further changes this Saturday with goalkeeper Alnwick one of those at risk even though 17 year-old Dion-Curtis Henry is the club’s only other senior goalkeeper. The transfer window is open until next Tuesday (September 1)

Robertson added: “No-one is safe if they are not performing well enough as my captain found out tonight. I include Ben in that. Everyone must keep their standards high and I would have confidence in Dion if I selected him. I have other options also and I will be seeing the chairman and the director of football to talk about the possibility of new players.

“The injury list is still too long and I will be putting pressure on the physio to give me some better news.

“It was new ground for me as a manager when we lost back-to-back games for the first time and now we’ve lost three in a row. That’s very disappointing.

“The players will be in tomorrow (August 26) and I will be making sure that we get a response from them, not for me but for the club’s fans.

“There were some positives. Kieran enjoyed a decent debut and Jermaine Anderson was again very good.

“The England under 20 manager was here to watch Jermaine and I’m sure he would have been impressed.”