Caretaker-manager Dave Robertson insists Peterborough United have nothing to lose when they face League One promotion fancies Sheffield United at Bramall Lane tomorrow (March 3, 7.30 kick off).
Few will give Posh a chance of a positive result even though Robertson started his tenure with an impressive victory against Bradford City on Saturday (February 28).
Robertson insists his side travel with more confidence because of that result and performance, but ‘The Blades’ are unbeaten in their last six matches and haven’t given up on bridging the nine-point gap between themselves and the automatic promotion places.
That won’t stop Robertson fielding a side geared up to attack. He hopes to have attacking players Marcus Maddison, Conor Washington and Aaron Mclean available - all three missed the win over Bradford at The ABAX Stadium.
“We shouldn’t fear anyone in the division,” Robertson stated. “Sheffield United are a great club, play in a top stadium and they will be backed by 20,000 fans tomorrow, but this is a game that should excite us rather than frighten us.
“Sheffield have a strong squad and they are in good form. They will provide a slightly different threat to Bradford, but I am focussing far more on what we can do rather than what they can do. We have nothihg to lose and our aim is to impose our attacking style of play on them.
“It’s a nice big pitch with a good surface and my players should enjoy that. They should be able to pass the ball about with freedom.
“We go there buoyant and in good spirits. We will be confident after a good result and performance last time out. We’re all looking forward to the game and it’s another golden opportunity for us to reward our diehard fans for the fantastic support they’ve given the team over the last two matches in particular. The support lately has made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
“It looks like I might have some players back as well. I’m very hopeful that Conor will be available and hopeful that Marcus will be fit. They are two quality attacking players that will strengthen our squad.”
It’s unlikely Robertson will make too many alterations to his starting line-up tomorrow, although he might be tempted to replace Vassell, possiblu with Maddison, a move that wouldn’t dilute the team’s attacking power.
United manager Nigel Clough strengthened his side in the January transfer window with some quality recruitment. Former Posh midfielder Paul Coutts was one of the players he signed.
Posh substitute goalkeeper Dion-Curtis Henry signed his first professional contract today (March 2). The teenager has signed a two-and-a-half year contract.