Cool Luke has Posh care­taker purring

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

IT’S been a marathon not a sprint for Peter­bor­ough striker Luke James af­ter his first league goal in 26 games, but care­taker boss Dave Robert­son be­lieves the striker can start fir­ing Posh up the league.

James’ header and Conor Wash­ing­ton’s late strike, 30 sec­onds af­ter Peter­bor­ough goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick had saved ex­cel­lently from Curtis Main, made it four straight wins for Robert­son.

And the tem­po­rary cus­to­dian, who has been told the job is his for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, backs James to keep on scor­ing.

“Luke is as hard-work­ing a player as you will come across and that’s in­fec­tious,” said Robert­son.

“Ev­ery­one loves that about him. Now he has that one goal he can kick on and be­come a big goalscorer for us.

“You could see what it meant to ev­ery­one in the cel­e­bra­tions.We are over the moon for him.”

Robert­son added that James, a £500,000 sum­mer sign­ing from Hartle­pool, had not been af­fected by his goal drought.

He said: “I’ve been telling him to con­cen­trate on his po­si­tions and the re­wards will come.

“The team per­for­mance as well was ab­so­lutely un­be­liev­able.

“There were 2,400 of our fans here and we chal­lenged the team to ex­cite them and give them a game to re­mem­ber.”

James opened the scor­ing by flick­ing in Jon Tay­lor’s right-wing cross at the near post.

Don­caster pushed for an equaliser with Al­nwick palm­ing away shots from Harry For­rester and Nathan Tyson.

Peter­bor­ough’s Gabriel Zakuani es­caped what a looked a clear push on Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris in the area be­fore team-mate Michael Smith cleared a For­rester chip off his goal-line.

The vis­i­tors were a con­stant threat on the break and sealed the points in dra­matic fash­ion.

Al­nwick saved a closerange ef­fort from Main with his legs and the ball was quickly cleared to Posh sub­sti­tute Kyle Vas­sell who laid the ball off to Wash­ing­ton to fire in low.

Don­caster were cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial day for in­jured club leg­end James Cop­pinger, but Rovers boss Paul Dickov ad­mit­ted his side did not match the oc­ca­sion.

“I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed. We did not get started un­til they got their goal. They per­formed a lot bet­ter than us,” said Dickov. “We cre­ated three re­ally good chances and their keeper made three re­ally good saves.

“But you won’t get any­thing if you con­cede soft goals. As a team they pos­si­bly worked harder than us. But that per­for­mance from us has been few and far be­tween.

“We looked re­ally ner­vous. Maybe it was the big crowd or the pres­sure of be­ing in sixth, but we are still right in the mix.”

STAR MAN BEN ALNWI

CK Peterbo

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