O’s respectable away record is cause for concern
Well it looks like the Posh revival is definitely up-and-running!
Victory in Dave Robertson’s first match in charge against Bradford City was followed up by another three points against another play-off chasing side in Sheffield United. And what a finale at Bramall Lane!
Two goals in the final three minutes, from Jack Payne and Conor Washington, turning the game on its head after the Blades had led early in the second half. It says much about the fighting spirit among the players and the willingness to do the caretaker manager proud – but where was that resilience when Darren Ferguson was in charge?
United are now just two points off the top six again and could bridge that gap further with a third win in eight days against Leyton Orient.
Posh have enjoyed mixed results against the O’s in recent years but are seeking to do the double over their struggling opponents this season, having won at the Matchroom Stadium in December with a goal in each half from Aaron Mclean and Erhun Oztumer.
But Orient have won at the ABAX this term, in the Johnstones Paint Trophy, and despite their lowly league position have a decent away record. They’ve won the last two on the road, at Chesterfield and Walsall, and have taken a maximum haul six times in all.
They can probably be forgiven a midweek defeat by runaway leaders Bristol City and desperately need the points in their battle to avoid the drop so shouldn’t be underestimated, especially considering United’s record against similar teams on home soil over the last few months.
Robertson seems to have stumbled on a successful formation and is unlikely to make many changes in personnel against Orient, injuries permitting, though Mclean’s brief cameo at Bramall Lane was impressive and has probably got the veteran striker back in the stand-in manager’s thoughts.
The league table suggests this should be a third win in a row for Posh but maybe we shouldn’t be counting chickens just yet. Leyton Orient may be in relatively turmoil but Fabio Liverani is determined to turn things around and they are alongside Posh in the form table so could be interesting getting a goal start on the handicap at 8/13. Both teams to score is 8/11.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 7 at the ABAX Stadium.