Saunders warns nothing has been achieved ahead of Posh clash

Marvin Elliott is fit again after missing two games with a shin injury (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Marvin Elliott is fit again after missing two games with a shin injury (Pic by Jon Rigby)
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Dean Saunders has told his player they have achieved nothing in their League One relegation battle ahead of their trip to Peterborough on Saturday.

Results went Reds’ way midweek with Leyton Orient and Notts County losing their games in hand to see Crawley remain three points clear of the bottom four in 19th.

They travel to Posh this weekend ahead of a final-day showdown with Coventry City at the Checkatrade.com Stadium a week Sunday.

Interim boss Saunders has insisted their focus is on themselves despite facing caretaker boss Dave Robertson’s side that have nothing to play for after their play-off hopes ended with a torrid six-game winless run.

Saunders said: “It’s going to be a difficult game but we are going there looking to get a positive result and we’ll see where that puts us.

“There is still pressure on us, we’ve achieved nothing. The boys are focussed on Saturday and getting a result. Nothing else matters.

“All we are concerned with is what we can control - our performance. If we get that right we will give ourselves a chance of staying up.

Crawley go into the game bolstered by the news that neither Josh Simpson and Darren Ward have not had any setbacks or reactions after their returns from injury, while Marvin Elliott is fit again after missing two games with a shin injury.

Club stalwart Simpson was thrown in for his first start in six months on Saturday, while Ward was back from a foot injury that was first feared to rule him out for the season.

Saunders said: “They are fine. Obviously, Josh is a bit stiff having his first game, but they done a job for us and we won the game, so they just need to recover this week.

“Peterborough might not have much to play for but they are still very hard to beat at their place.

“I’m under no illusions as to how tough a game it’s going to be but we will be fully prepared for it and we’re going there trying to win.”

Crawley’s only absentees for the weekend are set to be long-term injury-list pair Conor Henderson and Dean Leacock, along with loanee Anthony Wordsworth, who has returned to Ipswich.