ROBBO THRILLED BY BEST WIN YET
PETERBOROUGH United are loving live at fortress ABAX, according to caretaker boss Dave Robertson after watching his side move into the last League One play-off spot.
Michael Bostwick’s deflected effort in the first half settled the contest for Posh who played the last half-hour with ten men after defender Ricardo Santos was sent off.
And after seeing off rivals Chesterfield in a lively contest, Robertson was left immensely satisfied from his side’s third straight home win, and clean sheet, at the ABAX stadium.
“I think it’s the best win we’ve had since I took over,” he said.
“Chesterfield are the best footballing team I’ve seen us play so to keep a clean sheet is nothing short of phenomenal.
“Ben Alnwick has been unbelievable. Some of his saves have been world-class.
“I take full responsibility for the red card because I ask the players to be fully committed.
“Three weeks ago I said can we make the ABAX a fortress.The players are a committed bunch and we are loving it here.
“If I’m being honest I would like a little bit more flair, but all the fans expect of their team is to give 100 per cent.”
Chesterfield dominated the early stages with Peterborough goalkeeper Alnwick forced to make a double save from Jay O’Shea.
Posh, though, fought their way back into the match and managed to grab the lead.
Conor Washington broke into the area down the left and, when the ball was only cleared to Bostwick around 15 yards out, his scuffed shot deflected in.
Both goalkeepers were forced into regular action before the hosts went down to ten men just after the hour mark when Santos received a second yellow card for tripping Sam Clucas.
With the home fans upping the noise considerably, Washington saw a close-range effort saved, while at the other Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakuani appeared to hit a back pass against his own post whilst under pressure.
Alnwick then made a flying one-handed save from Gary Roberts as some dogged defending from Posh, epitomised by the rocksolid Zakuani, saw them over the line.
A second defeat in five matches leaves Chesterfield five points behind their opponents.
And Spireites assistant-manager Leam Richardson admits slipping to defeat was immensely frustrating.
He said: “We played well and the possession stats will be in our favour.
“We controlled the game, so to lose is a bitter pill to swallow. I thought we started tremendously.
“To start like that away from home, it’s one of the best performances of the season.The lads have given everything they’ve got. They didn’t have an extra breath in them.
“We’ve got some tough but appetising games and we need to look after ourselves and not worry about other teams. It’s that time of the season when you need a winning mentality. We expect the lads to respond well.”
STAR MAN GABRIEL ZAKUANI Peterborough POSH BOSH: Peterborough’s Michael Bostwick settled the game with a first-half strike