Robbo confident of ending Posh goal drought

Erhun Oztumer is challenging for a place in the Posh starting line-up against Crewe. Photo: Joe Dent/
Erhun Oztumer is challenging for a place in the Posh starting line-up against Crewe. Photo: Joe Dent/
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Manager Dave Robertson is confident the goals will flow over the last four matches of the League One season for Peterborough United.

Posh have not scored in any of their last four games and host Crewe at the ABAX Stadium tonight (April 14). Crewe have conceded 71 goals in their 41 League One matches, the worst record in the division.

Robertson is expected to stick with the 3-4-1-2 system that prompted an improved display in a 1-0 defeat at high-flying Swindon on Saturday (April 11).

Marcus Maddison is likely to see off the threat of Erhun Oztumer and take his place behind strikers Conor Washington and Luke James. Winger Jon Taylor is having a fitness test this morning, but might not displace teanager Harry Anderson from the starting line-up.

Robertson said: “I’m confident we will see an abundance of goals in the remaining fixtures. The team are getting closer and closer to the way I like my teams to play and if we can find that ruthless streak then we will start scoring regularly.

“I was over the moon with the performance at Swindon, but we are professionals and as such we were disappointed with the result.

“It’s coming together though. We have introduced a more expansive, attacking style and the players have adapted to it quickly. I expect to see the fruits of that progress in the final four games.

“We obviously have to try and win all four matches and if we do that I suspect we will be very close to the top six. No-one here has given up on the play-offs.

“I want the players to work hard off the ball against Crewe and then to be brave when they have possession. The third thing we need is some clinical finishing and I am sure it will be there.

“I was pleased with the contribution from Marcus at Swindon although he should have scored. It’s good that we have him and Erhun who are both able to impact the side from that position.”

Crewe are battling against the drop, but won 2-1 at fifth-placed Sheffield United recently.

Former Posh player Nicky Ajose is on loan at Crewe from Leeds United, but he’s not made the starting line-up in the last two matches.