Robbo bemoans the lack of a ruthless streak

Marcus Maddison missed the best Posh goal-scoring opportunity at Swindon. Photo: Joe Dent/thePosh.com.
Marcus Maddison missed the best Posh goal-scoring opportunity at Swindon. Photo: Joe Dent/thePosh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson again bemoaned his side’s lack of a clinical streak following today’s (April 11) 1-0 League One defeat at Swindon.

Posh bossed large parts of the game against the team in fourth place, but they couldn’t find a breakthrough before succumbing to a 71st minute strike from Swindon substitute Jermaine Hylton.

It’s now 423 minutes (plus added time at the end of matches) since Posh scored a goal. They’ve drawn a blank in their last four games and scored just one goal in the last six.

Today’s defeat - during which Swindon missed a first-half penalty - dropped Posh down a place to 11th in League One. They are seven points outside the play-off places with just four matches to go, starting with a home game against struggling Crewe on Tuesday (April 14).

Robertson retained his 3-5-2 system for the match. It was a positive approach to a tough game with Marcus Maddison playing just behind strikers Conor Washington and Luke James.

“The performance was very, very good today, but the result was horrendous,” Robertson said. “I say that because it was a game we could and should have won. We were very impressive all over the park until we reached the attacking third and then we let ourselves down.

“We outplayed a very good Swindon side for periods of the game, but we all know what we have to work on. We are not ruthless enough or clinical enough in front of goal and that was a shame today as that was as well as we have played since we took over.

“I asked three things of the players before the game and that was to play with energy and to work hard, which to be fair we usually manage, and also to be brave enough to pass the ball and look after it. The players did all those things well, but we couldn’t finish any one of numerous chances we had.

“We had 14 shots today which is great away from home against a top side. It’s a good surface at Swindon which helped us play and tactically the players were very good. They played the system with discipline and did everything we asked of them, but we needed to score first.

“Marcus Maddison played well, but he missed the best chance to score early in the second-half. He had a lot of time, but poked his shot straight at the goalkeeper. It was a shame as were dominating the game at that point and deserved to go in front.

“That is our problem though. We are just not taking the opportunities that we create.

“There were some excellent performances all over the pitch from us though and Erhun Oztumer did well when he came on as a substitute. He was very positive and kept us on the front foot as we tried to get back into the game.

“We were unlucky with a couple of key decisions as well. The referee gave Swindon a soft penalty and having given them that, he should have given us one for a push on Conor Washington.

“It’s gone now though. We will aim for four wins in the last four matches and you never know it might be good enough.

“And if we play with the same level of skill and desire we showed today we will have a chance of winning those final four games.”

Winger Jon Taylor missed today’s game with a knee injury and is doubtful for the Crewe match. On-loan striker Luke Williams was left out of the matchday 18 for reasons of form.

The Posh record for games without a goal is six towards the start of the 2003-04 season in Division Two.

The remaining Posh League One fixtures are v Crewe (home), Barnsley (away), Crawley (home) and Oldham (away).