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

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

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