‘Gut­ted’ Robert­son vows to turn tide

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By An­drew Cooke

CARE­TAKER boss Dave Robert­son vowed Peter­bor­ough United’s play­ers will ‘work their socks off’ to put their play-off push back on track, which fal­tered fur­ther at strug­gling Scun­thorpe.

The Iron dom­i­nated, with goals in each half from Paddy Mad­den and Theo Robin­son giv­ing them a first win in ten matches.

Posh have now lost three of their last four games and a top-six fin­ish seems a tall or­der, de­spite their stand-in manager’s de­fi­ance.

“Peo­ple can say what they want,” said the vis­i­bly de­flated Robert­son, when it was sug­gested the re­ac­tion to the re­sult may be that ‘the bub­ble had burst’.

“We’ll sit down with our play­ers and we’ll make sure we get things right.

“Am I dis­ap­pointed? I’m gut­ted, but that’s the first time I’ve lost back-to-back games. It’s def­i­nitely not go­ing to hap­pen with a third one on Mon­day.

“There was a sur­pris­ing lack of en­ergy from the team.

“Scun­thorpe are in a rel­e­ga­tion battle and they out-com­peted us. That, in my opin­ion, is un­ac­cept­able and I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed about it.”

Posh’s best two ef­forts of a dread­ful af­ter­noon both came from 20 yards out, via the boot of skip­per Michael Bost­wick. Each time the mid­fielder saw his ef­fort turned over the bar by Luke Daniels.

Re­ally, though, this game was all about the in­dus­try and flair of the Scun­thorpe at­tack­ing quar­tet, in which Gary McSh­ef­frey thrived play­ing in the hole be­hind striker Kevin van Veen.

McSh­ef­frey was in­volved in the Iron’s bright­est play and it was from his ini­tial shot, blocked by the boot of a Peter­bor­ough de­fender, that Mad­den stole in to sweep home his 16th goal of the sea­son, five min­utes be­fore half-time.

The strike lifted the at­mos­phere a notch at Glan­ford Park and also raised Scun­thorpe’s per­for­mance level.

In the sec­ond half they cut Posh open time and time again with van Veen and McSh­ef­frey, via a header, both go­ing close to a sec­ond goal.

But the Iron de­servedly made the game safe in the 73rd minute when Robin­son met McSh­ef­frey’s cross in the six-yard box.

Mark Robins, the Scun­thorpe manager, could even toast only his side’s third clean sheet of the sea­son.

“It was a good win, a good per­for­mance and a good clean sheet. I’m de­lighted,” he said.

“I thought we grew into the game and were pretty good with and with­out the ball. To get a clean sheet was out­stand­ing and though we got two goals, it could have been more.

“We’ve been as good as I’ve seen for a while and we looked very con­fi­dent.”

STAR MAN GARY McSHE

FFREY Scunth

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