Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson sang the praises of his younger players after a 6-0 friendly rout of Cliftonville in Belfast tonight (July 15).
Posh fielded a mainly youthful side in the first-half before replacing them with vastly more experienced players at the break.
It was 2-0 to Posh at half-time thanks to goals from triallist Kieran Sadlier and transfer-listed striker Kyle Vassell. Former Cliftonville player Joe Gormley, Conor Washington, Jon Taylor and Michael Bostwick netted in the second half to complete an emphatic scoreline.
Robertson said: “We had clear objectives tonight and I was over the moon with the application, the energy levels and the approach of the entire squad. There are a couple of things to tidy up before August 8, but you can’t argue much with six goals and a clean sheet.
“We started with a young side and they were excellent. With more ruthless finishing, especially from Harry Anderson’s crossing, we could have scored six goals before half-time. Toby Adebayo-Rowling and Brad Maslen-Jones were outstanding in that period. Maslen-Jones is a 17 year-old central defender who barely put a foot wrong.
“Joe Newell and Jermaine Anderson were magnificent in the centre of midfield. We gave Joe 75 minutes because he needed the run out and he was nothing short of sensational. The tempo he played and the quality he displayed were exceptional.
“The senior players largely took over in the second-half and they all mad etheir mark. Joe Gormley scored straight away and displayed the technique, energy, movement and quality that made him a fans’ favourite at Cliftonville. I’m excited by his potential and I’m excited by the potential of his partnership with Conor Washington.
“The forward players are all scoring or creating goals so we are in a very good place at the moment.”
Posh are next in action at home to a Spurs XI on Saturday (July 18, 3pm). They then travel to League Two side Barnet on Tuesday (July 21).