Hat-trick hero Conor Washington believes Peterborough United have fired a warning shot across the bows of the rest of League One.
The first professional hat-trick of Washington’s career and a penalty from Michael Bostwick earned Posh an impressive 4-0 win at Scunthorpe on Saturday (November 28).
It was a fourth straight League One win for Posh and it propelled them into the top six for the first time this season.
But Washington insists Posh are aiming higher than a play-off place.
“We want to go up as champions,” Washington, who is now the club’s top scorer with nine goals this season, stated. “And we have now sent that message to the rest of the league.
“Before we played at Burton in the FA Cup the manager said he wanted five wins in November and that’s just what we’ve delivered. We’ve smashed everyone to be honest
“It’s an absolute pleasure playing as a striker for this team. We are so creative I am bound to get loads of chances. I could have four or five against Scunthorpe and I could have scored three or four at Coventry recently so a hat-trick has been coming.
“I’ve been working hard with the manager on being more clinical and it’s paid off. It’s even better that it helped us get an unbelievable result against a good Scunthorpe side.
“I have no scoring targets, just to get as many as I possibly can. I’ve always scored in bursts in my career and I just hope this one carries on for longer than the others.
“It’s pleasing to be top scorer at the club now because there is always a lot of banter about. It seems like everyone scores in our team. Jermaine Anderson, Lee Angol, Erhun Oztumer, Jon Taylor and Marcus Maddison have all been on runs of scoring and long may it continue.
“That sort of competition breeds success and as a team we don’t want to just win five or six games in a row, we want to stretch it to 15 or 16 games. We are playing with so much confidence it can be done.”