Captain Ben Alnwick wants to see the ‘nasty’ side of Peterborough United as they attempt to get clear of the League One relegation zone.
Manager Dave Robertson was dismissed at the weekend (September 6) with Posh 20th in the League One table with just four points from their opening six matches.
Former Posh midfielder Grant McCann will act as caretaker-manager for the League One trip to Oldham on Saturday (September 12) and goalkeeper Alnwick is keen for the team to put poor form and the loss of a popular manager behind them.
“There are always regrets when someone loses their job after putting their heart and soul into it,” Alnwick stated. “That was the case with ‘Robbo’. We are all very disappointed that it didn’t work out for him.
“But Grant is in charge now. He has the respect of all the players and to be fair to him he came in this week and said all the right things.
“The players know we haven’t been good enough, but we also know there are 120 points still to play for so if we start playing to our potential we will soon be moving up the league.
“We haven’t had much luck in some games and I have seen some postive signs, but at the end of the day we have not performed well and that has to stop.
“We have been too much of a pushover at times this season. We have to now show a nasty side. We need to show some aggression all over the field. We have to be men out there.
“It’s no good saying we are a young side. Some of our young lads have played lots of league matches. We now need to play as a team and be much more disciplined.
“The ability in the squad has not been questioned. I like to think I have picked up my form after a couple of bad games so there is no reason other players can’t do the same.
“We need to stand up and be counted. It’s not a time to shy away. We can try and pass the blame onto others, but ultimately we are the ones that step foot on the field.
“We looked sharp and the tempo was fantastic in Grant’s first training session, but we need to transfer that form onto the field. I don’t want us to be known as a good training team.
“League One is tough so we need to be tough. If you’re not at it in every game you will get beaten. It’s still very early in the season, but we need to start performing now before it does get too late.
“It doesn’t matter who the manager is as we are professionals and it needs to hurt more if we walk off the pitch having lost. It hurts me every time. My pride has definitely been hurt this season.
“I am still convinced though that if we score the first goal we can tear teams apart. I can only remember one occasion last season when we scored first and lost.
“If we can become more ruthless we will soon turn this season around.”