Robbo promises aggression, passion and confidence

Joe Newell is fit and should be in the Posh squad at Doncaster. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Joe Newell is fit and should be in the Posh squad at Doncaster. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson has ordered his players to play the game not the occasion when they tackle League One play-off rivals Doncaster Rovers in front of a bumper crowd at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow (March 14).

Over 2,000 Posh fans are expected at the game, partly thanks to a heavily discounted admission price policy. Robertson expects those visiting supporters to generate another fantastic atmosphere.

“The league table tells you this is a big game and the fact that we will have over 2,000 of our fans in the stadium makes me and the players very excited,” Robertson admitted. “The 417 fans at Sheffield United in our last away game made an impressive noise so the thought of 2,000 Posh fans in the ground is a thrilling prospect. It could seem like a home game which is obviously good for us.

“But it’s important that the players play the game and not the occasion. We will approach the game like we have the three previous matches. We will play with aggression, passion and confidence and we will play on the front foot and take the game to Doncaster.

“Three games ago we were 15th and 12 points behind Sheffield United. Now we are eighth and level on points with Doncaster who occupy the final play-off place. We’ve come a long way in a short space of time, but the key now is to keep it going.

“No-one has the right to win games in what is a very tough league. Preparations and performances have to be spot on at every match.

“People have points targets in terms of reaching the play-offs, but my only points target right now is three points from tomorrow’s game. Whoever works the hardest, works things out the quickest and has the nost quality will win enough matches to finish in the play-offs and there’s no reason why it won’t be us.

“It should be a thriller tomorrow as there is so much at stake for both teams.”

Midfielder Joe Newell returned to training yesterday (March 12) after recovering from a back problem.

Marcus Maddison starts a three-match suspension tomorrow.