Conor is tipped for the top by West­ley

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Joel Lamy

CONOR Wash­ing­ton has been backed to fol­low in the foot­steps of Shane Long by Peter­bor­ough United man­ager Gra­ham West­ley af­ter redis­cov­er­ing his scor­ing touch.

Wash­ing­ton, who was crit­i­cised for squan­der­ing nu­mer­ous chances in Posh’s 3-2 de­feat at Coven­try last Satur­day, ru­ined Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink’s 50th match in charge of Bur­ton with goals either side of half-time.

Jer­maine An­der­son also struck for Posh, who in­tro­duced Jack Bald­win in sec­ond-half stop­page time for his first ap­pear­ance in over a year since in­jur­ing cru­ci­ate lig­a­ments, only for him to be sent off two min­utes later for a poor chal­lenge on Phil Ed­wards.

But the af­ter­noon be­longed to Wash­ing­ton who West­ley be­lieves has the at­tributes to thrive at a higher level.

“He’s go­ing to score goals. De­fend­ers at this level will not be able to deal with his pace and his tech­ni­cal abil­ity,” he said.

“If he’s de­ci­sive he’s go­ing to be a hell of a player. Clubs at a higher level are look­ing at him en­vi­ously. Some­one said to me he’s like Shane Long.”

On his side’s per­for­mance West­ley said: “We knew the onus was on us and the boys de­liv­ered sec­ond-half.

“We had to weather a bit of a storm but sec­ond-half it was one-way traf­fic. It was a very pos­i­tive per­for­mance.”

On Bald­win’s red card he added: “The good news is he is back on a foot­ball pitch but in his ex­u­ber­ance he made a chal­lenge he would not like.”

Bur­ton be­gan well but Posh took the lead when Michael Smith slipped Wash­ing­ton through on goal and he fired past Brew­ers’ goal­keeper Remi Matthews.

Af­ter Ben Al­nwick had made an ex­cel­lent save from an Ed­wards header Wash­ing­ton grabbed his fifth goal of the sea­son when he went past a hes­i­tant Matthews be­fore slot­ting home.

An­der­son then struck from Callum Elder’s cross as Posh moved one game away from reach­ing the third round for the ninth time in ten sea­sons since los­ing to non­league Bur­ton back in 2005.

Has­sel­baink, an FA Cup run­ner-up with Chelsea in 2002, has been linked with re­plac­ing sacked QPR man­ager Chris Ram­sey.

He said: “It’s al­ways flat­ter­ing and it’s nice to be linked. I’m am­bi­tious but at the mo­ment I’m the Bur­ton Al­bion man­ager and that’s the most im­por­tant thing in my life. That’s what I’m con­cen­trat­ing on.”

An unim­pressed Has­sel­baink, who said he was keep­ing an eye on New­cas­tle striker Ivan Toney, added: “We looked frag­ile at times and naive. And one thing we have not been in the past is naive.

“That was not us.We are com­pet­i­tive, we play good foot­ball and we put teams in trou­ble. We had to shuf­fle with new peo­ple play­ing.”

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