Dreadful refereeing decision can’t disguise a poor Posh performance

Posh boss Dave Robertson on the sidelines at Burton Albion. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh boss Dave Robertson on the sidelines at Burton Albion. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson didn’t let a horrible refereeing error save his players from criticism today (August 22).

Ten-man Posh lost 2-1 at Burton Albion after seeing a last-gasp Jermaine Anderson strike wrongly disallowed by referee Graham Salisbury.

Posh had battled hard after falling 2-0 down and seeing central defender Gaby Zakuani sent off moments later, but they were ultimately punished for a poor first hour. Marcus Maddison’s superb strike, his fourth goal of the season, proved to be a mere consolation for a team who have dropped to 18th in the League One table after losing three of their first four matches.

“It’s no use sparking into action after an hour,” Robertson stated. “We needed to play with the quality and desire we showed when we went down to 10 men for the whole game and not just the last 30 minutes.

“The lads were brilliant towards the end, but we need to be a lot braver from the kick-off. I’ve addressed the lads about the need to find some self-motivation and a winning mentality because if they don’t they won’t be in the side.

“Obviously, in my opinion at least, we should still have picked up a point because that is a very disappointing refereeing decision at the end.

“The referee told me he saw someone try and pull the Burton number 10 (Lucas Akins) after Jon Taylor had hit the post, but we looked at the match dvd straight after the game and there is no contact at all. Jermaine Anderson has struck a superb shot into the roof of the net and that should have been a point for us.

“It was a shame as the lads had a real go on tired legs towards the end. It was another real screamer of a goal from Marcus and he is our only goal threat at the moment. He excites me in possession.

“But we conceded two bad goals ourselves. I didn’t think we started the game that slowly, but we didn’t impose ourselves. We have to be far more consistent over the 90 minutes.”

Robertson will watch Zakuani’s red card challenge again before deciding whether or not to appeal. As things stand the DR Congo international will serve a three-match ban starting with the Capital One Cup tie at home to Charlton on Tuesday (August 25).

Zakuani will also miss the visit of League One pacesetters Gillingham next Saturday (August 29) as well as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game at Millwall on September 1. Zakuani is also likely to miss the League One game at Southend on September 5 because of an international call-up.

Robertson expects full-backs Kgosi Ntlhe and Michael Smith to return to action next week.

Michael Bostwick was relieved of captaincy duties at his own request today. Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick replaced him.

Bostwick wanted to concentrate on his own performance. He was substituted midway through the second-half.