Peterborough United boss Graham Westley has hinted that his side are lacking confidence, after losing 2-1 to Rochdale at London Road on Saturday.

The result made it back-to-back defeats for Westley’s side, who are languishing in 14th, after defeat to Fleetwood Town in midweek.

Posh started the game poorly, conceding two goals inside the first 25 minutes, as former winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing netted against his former club and the result moved Dale to within seven points of the play-offs.

“We were lacklustre, nervous and hesitant in the opening 20 minutes of the game and it took us to fall two goals behind until we started playing,” Westley admitted.

“When we started to drive into the game with belief and purpose we got back into it and then went on to control large parts of it.”

A long-range strike from right-back Michael Smith got Peterborough back in the game, however, they failed to do enough to grab a point.

Peterborough looked to have turned a corner in their poor form, with consecutive wins over Doncaster, Coventry City and Crewe. But their third defeat in six has lead Westley to start looking at next season already.

Westley added: “It showed a large amount of character for us to bounce back and get into the game but that’s not good enough if you start so poorly. We have to look at it collectively at what went wrong.”

The former Stevenage boss is set to field some of his younger players over the remaining games, to give them the game time they need, in order to push for promotion to the Championship next season.

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