King Conor leaves Iron cold with hat-trick
CONOR Washington hit a first Football League hattrick as free-scoring Peterborough United pummeled Scunthorpe United on their own patch to the delight of boss Graham Westley.
The striker’s impressive treble, a concoction of fine finishes and opportunism, was the highlight of this fifth successive victory for ever-improving Posh.
Michael Bostwick also got on the scoresheet but there was no denying who the star of the show was.
Westley said: “Conor showed great courage with his first goal and has some good attacking habits. It was great to see him be clinical with his finishing. All the players are wonderful characters. There are no individuals and it’s a wonderful place to work.
“The job we’ve got is to keep getting better as a football team and a club.
“The players are taking on a lot of defensive messages, so I was delighted to come away with a clean sheet.We worked very hard and we were smart in the way we defended.
“Scunthorpe are capable of getting results so it was a clean sheet I enjoyed. In terms of our forward play, with the quality we’ve got in the team, and the confidence and composure, we were fabulous in patches.”
Washington opened the scoring in the fourth minute, heading into an empty net after Scunthorpe keeper Luke Daniels had misjudged the flight on a speculative ball in from the right.The goal came after a bright start for the home side, but apart from when Darius Henderson headed wide in the 19th minute, the Iron did not threaten to get anything back.
Twice in the first half Daniels thwarted lively midfielder Harry Beautyman as Posh got a grip on the game, though they had to wait until the second half to double their lead, Bostwick blasting home after Henderson was penalised for hacking down Erhun Oztumer. Three points were already in the bag when Washington strode through the middle of the park and curled home in the 87th minute.
And he completed an impressive afternoon’s work in stoppage time by rolling home from inside the penalty area.
“There were probably three minutes of decent football from us, but the rest of it was chasing around, trying to stop them from playing,” said Iron boss Mark Robins.
“We started off brightly enough and I thought we created a few openings but then we stagnated a little bit, Peterborough found their rhythm and we became fearful.
“We have to be better organised defensively and to do that you’ve got to talk. There is plenty of talking in the dressing room and around the place but on the pitch we need a bit more of it.”
STAR MAN CONOR WASHINGTON