Peterborough United turn their attention to relegation candidates rather than promotion contenders when Leyton Orient visit the ABAX Stadium tomorrow (March 7, 3pm kick-off).
But Posh caretaker-manager Dave Robertson is adamant there will no change in approach from his players even though they hosting a team currently in the bottom four of League One. Robertson’s first two games in charge have yielded wins against Bradford City and Sheffield United and a third win on the spin could push Posh back into the play-off places.
Robertson said: “It’s been a great two weeks for the whole club. We’ve beaten two teams who were in the play-off places when we played them, we’ve started scoring goals again and we’ve started scoring goals late in games which is a good habit to have.
“But we have a different challenge tomorrow against a Lyeton Orient team who are in a false position in the league in my opinion. They are in the bottom four, but they have strong experienced players who have had success in League One in the past.
“We will again be concentrating on our own performance, but it’s important we display the same level of concentation and focus tomorrow as we did in the last two games.
“We’ve only tweaked a couple of things since I took over and results so far would suggest that the changes have worked, but things can change quickly in football.”
Marcus Maddison should return to the Posh squad tomorrow after coming through a reserve team run-out this week. Maddison helped the Posh Development XI beat Cambridge 4-2 on Wednesday (March 4).
He will probably have to be content with a place on the substitutes’ bench, but striker Conor Washington could start tomorrow after his brilliantly-taken late match-winning goal at Sheffield United on Tuesday (March 3).
“Marcus trained on the pitch before the game at Sheffield United,” Robertson added. “I told him afterwards that an 18,000 crowd at Bramall Lane is the sort of stage that he should be performing on.
“He played 90 minutes for the Development XI the following day and he’s now in contention for a place in the squad. He’s an enthusiastic player and he’s desperate to get back into the squad
“Marcus is a match-winner who can play in any position in the front four and if we did change the formation he could also play in the number 10 role behind two striker.
“Conor is definitely pushing for a starting place. He’d looked sharp in training before he injured his back and it was a fantastic goal that won us the game at Bramall Lane. They are good selection dilemmas for me to have.”
The only Posh absentees tomorrow are long-term injury victims Jack Baldwin and Jermaine Anderson. Anderson had an operation on his toe yesterday.