Anderson’s Jermaine man, says Westley
PETERBOROUGH manager Graham Westley tipped teenager Jermaine Anderson for greatness after the midfielder struck twice as Posh pummelled rockbottom Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.
Additional strikes from Jon Taylor, Conor Washinton and Lee Angol gave the visitors their fourth win in five games.
Ryan Colclough did bag a spectacular consolation goal for Crewe but the afternoon belonged to star-man Anderson – something Westley was quick to acknowledge afterwards.
“If Jermaine keeps playing like that he is going to go a long way in the game,” said Westley. “He was outstanding, he’s growing with every performance and he’s also great to work with because he wants to listen and he wants to learn.
“We showed in the first ten minutes what we were capable of.We went out and pressed them to death and then we sat off the game.
“We said at half-time we needed to up our levels and they took that mentality straight into the second half. It shows what happens when you apply work to great ability.”
Peterborough quickly took advantage of Crewe’s lax start, going in front in the sixth minute.
Anderson bamboozled Alex full-back Stephen Kingsley out wide before cutting the ball back to Taylor, who fired home after finding himself unaccompanied inside the box. It was déjà vu in the second half as Peterborough again struck early. Washington latched on to a superb through ball from Erhun Oztumer and slotted the ball past the on-rushing Ben Garratt.
Moments later Anderson effectively ended the contest with a long-range drive that, with the aid of a deflection, found the net.
Angol soon got in on the act, side-footing low into the far corner from just inside the box after being teed up by Otzumer in the 54th minute. Colclough pulled a goal back for Crewe ten minutes later with a stunning shot that cannoned in beautifully off the underside of the bar.
Anderson had the last word though, completing the rout by grabbing his fifth goal in four matches in the 82nd minute, lashing a shot into the roof of the net.
Sections of Crewe fans called for manager Steve Davis to be sacked throughout, but Davis himself remained adamant he is still the right man to lead Alex.
“I won’t give up,” said Davis “I’m still the right person to do this job, I know I am. You’ve got to pick yourself up, there’s no point feeling sorry for yourself.
“I share the frustrations of the supporters. Nobody played well. I couldn’t think of one player who did anything particularly well apart from the goal.”