Posh to stay positive in Preston

Posh skipper Jack Payne is one caution away from a suspension.
Posh skipper Jack Payne is one caution away from a suspension.
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Peterborough United won’t be changing their positive approach for the League One trip to second-placed Preston North End tomorrow (March 17, 7.45pm kick-off).

A point would probably seem a good return from a tough trip to Deepdale to face a team who have won seven of their last eight League One matches, but new manager Dave Robertson insists he won’t change the team’s playing style no matter what the standard of opposition.

A win tomorrow and Robertson would become the first Posh manager of the club’s Football League era to win his first five matches in charge.

“We’ve put the Peterborough United ‘stamp’ on the last four matches,” Robertson stated. “That means playing the sort of attacking, fast-paced football that our fans love to watch. It’s the Posh way and we won’t be changing that for anyone.

“Of course it is a very tough game against a very strong Preston side, but I want them to be talking and worrying about us rather than the other way round.

“We we will prepare as well as we have for the previous four games and we will go up there looking to be positive. We are a good team, we have a strong squad and we have no reason at all to be fearful of anyone in this division.

“The lads were magnificent at Doncaster on Saturday (March 14). We were strong throughout the team, keeping a clean sheet and seeing both strikers score a goal. The players couldn’t give any more than they have in the last four games and if they maintain that standard of performance and commitment for the rest of the season I will be very happy.”

Robertson is expected to name an unchanged side for the Preston match. Joe Newell, who made his 100th appearance for Posh at Doncaster, has recovered completely from his back problem.

Robertson revealed that central defender Christian Burgess was left out of the squad altogether at the weekend for tactical reasons rather than a fitness concern.

Robertson also disclosed that he is not expecting to sign any new players ahead of the March 26 transfer deadline unless the club pick up injuries or suspensions before then. Captain Jack Payne is one caution away from a two-match suspension.

Robertson’s only concern regarding his first-team squad is the lack of cover for first-choice full-backs Michael Smith and Kgosi Ntlhe.

Posh will have to keep an eye on Preston striker Joe Garner tonight. He scored four goals in Saturday’s 5-1 home win over Crewe to take his tally in an injury-interrupted season to 20.

Preston left-back Scott Laird is expecting a tough game tommorow.

Laird told the Lancashire Evening Post: “Peterborough are always tough opponents. When I was with Stevenage we used to play them every pre-season and often got them in the cups too.

“They are a good footballing side with some good players, always a tough cookie to crack. It will be a good game. When we won at their place in December we were very professional and worked hard as a team to win.

“Recently, Peterborough have picked up some good results and climbed the table. They will come here full of confidence but we are playing with confidence and if we play to our strengths we can give anyone a game.”