Robert­son look­ing to be Fergie suc­ces­sor

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

IT’S now or never for me at Peter­bor­ough United says care­taker boss Dave Robert­son as he waits to find out if he well get the job full-time.

A goal from Jon Tay­lor, which ap­peared to loop in af­ter a strong gust of wind, made it three straight wins for play-off chas­ing Posh who had half-time sub­sti­tute Mar­cus Mad­di­son con­tro­ver­sially sent off at the end.

And Robert­son, who has openly ad­mit­ted he wants to be Dar­ren Fer­gu­son’s long-time re­place­ment, is set to meet club chair­man Dar­ragh Ma­cAn­thony early next week with his fu­ture on the agenda.

Robert­son said: “We have won a battle. It was a re­ally dogged game.

“Sec­ond-half we knew we needed to be re­silient. The lads have shown great com­mit­ment.

“They have got their con­fi­dence back. I told them they are good play­ers. We have a strong squad here.

“The chair­man will be in Mon­day and Tues­day and we will sit down some­time. If he’s not go­ing to give me the job af­ter nine points from nine he never will!”

On Mad­di­son’s red card he added: “It seemed like a strong 5050. I’ve not re­viewed it yet but we will de­cide whether to ap­peal on Mon­day.

“I thought the ref­eree had a good game.”

In a drab first-half, Tay­lor’s cross from the right looked to be eas­ily clear­ing the bar, but the windy con­di­tions ap­peared to bring the ball down and into the net.

The away side nearly forced an equaliser early in the sec­ond-half as Peter­bor­ough goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick tipped over an ef­fort from Jobi McAnuff which ap­peared to come off his thigh.

Ref­eree Mark Brown then sent off Mad­di­son in the 90th minute af­ter he won the ball against Luke O’Neill with a strong chal­lenge, al­beit with studs show­ing.

How­ever, the vis­i­tors, who saw Ro­main Vincelot stretchered off af­ter be­ing tack­led, could not cap­i­talise and re­main in the bot­tom four.

Ori­ent manager Fabio Liverani left the ground fol­low­ing the end of the match for ‘fam­ily rea­sons’, but as­sis­tant manager Mar­cello Donatelli feels his side can es­cape from trou­ble, start­ing with next Satur­day’s match against fel­low strug­glers Yeovil Town.

“The whole game was af­fected by the wind.We played a good game but did not cre­ate enough chances,” he said. “Peter­bor­ough’s goal was a lucky episode caused en­tirely by the wind.

“I think a draw was fair even if it was not the best per­for­mance. Sec­ond-half we had two chances.

“Vincelot ap­pears to have a knee in­jury. It looks bad.”



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