Conor Washington is backing himself to become the consistent striker Peterborough United need to launch a League One promotion push.
Washington went some way to answering the critics who have commented on his erratic finishing this season by scoring the first two goals in a fine 3-0 FA Cup first round win at League One high fliers Burton Albion yesterday (November 7).
The 23 year-old now has five goals this season, the same as the Posh joint top scorers Marcus Maddison and Lee Angol, and admits he was boosted by some positive words from manager Graham Westley in the build-up to the match against ‘The Brewers’.
Westley insists he can turn Washington into a Championship-standard striker.
“My mum reads everything connected to Peterborough United so I was aware of what the gaffer had said about me publicly!” Washington stated. “But to be fair that’s exactly how he has spoken to me since he came to the club.
“He and Grant McCann (assistant manager) have both given me the confidence to express myself in matches. They don’t want the players to be frightened of making mistakes. If we do they want us get back on the ball straight away and start playing again.
“I’m just trying to improve one per cent in every game. People can forget that I am only in my third season as a professional footballer and I didn’t come through an Academy system either so I am still learning the game.
“I want to be the consistent goal-scorer that every successful side needs. I know I can finish and more importantly so does the management team and the rest of the players.
“I started last season slowly as well, but this season the side is packed with creative attacking players. That’s great for a striker to know as we know our runs are going to be worthwhile.
“I was obviously very chuffed with the two goals at Burton. They are flying in League One so it’s a very good result for us. Burton and the windy conditions made it tough for us in the first 30-40 minutes, but once we took the lead we were by far the better side.
“The first goal opened the game up - it was a great pass frim Michael Smith to find me - and that helped us take control.
“We’re due a good cup run so I hope we get a home tie now and book our place in the third round against a big club.”
The draw for the second round of the FA Cup takes place live on BBC Two tomorrow (November 9) in a programme that starts at 7pm.
Posh will be ball number one in that draw.