POSH PREVIEW: It will be a positive Peterborough United side at Oldham

Michael Smith has promised an attacking Posh display at Oldham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Michael Smith has promised an attacking Posh display at Oldham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Full-back Michael Smith has confirmed there will be a very positive Peterborough United performance in their League One fixture at Oldham tomorrow (September 12).

Smith, who made his first start of the season in the 2-1 defeat at Southend last Saturday (September 5) after recovering from a back injury, insists the players will respond in the right way to caretaker-manager Grant McCann’s urgings.

McCann is in charge of team affairs at Boundary Park following the sacking of first-team boss Dave Robertson.

Posh are seeking to put an end to some dismal away form. They’ve lost all four of their competitive away games so far this season and haven’t won any of their last nine away games in all competitions.

“We don’t know the team yet, but we know the tactics,” Smith revealed. “We will be delivering a very positive display. We need to put our poor form to bed,

“It’s been a tough week as Dave Roberton’s departure hit us hard. He was a popular figure and our performances led to him losing his livelihood.

“But we can’t dwell on the past. Grant sat us all down this week and delivered a great speech about what it should mean playing for this club. He wants us to play for the shirt and to be as passionate about the club as he clearly is.

“Grant has made training fun this week, but it has also been hard. That’s how it should be. We’ve not been good enough so far this season.

“I said pre-season that anything other than promotion would be a failure and I stand by that. I’m surprised at how badly it’s gone so far, but there are still plenty of points to play for.

“It’s been tough sitting in the stands watching for four weeks. We have suffered through not taking enough of our goal-scoring chances and we haven’t looked overly-stable at the back.

“We need a team full of leaders now. It’s not just down to the experienced players. We have young lads with a big voice in our dressing room.

“Grant is a club legend, but it shouldn’t need a change in manager to put a spark into our performances. We should be playing hard for whomever is in charge.”