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'Positives To Take'

17 September 2014

Posh boss gives his reaction to the 2-1 defeat against Gillingham.

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson was not too downhearted despite a second Sky Bet League One defeat of the season against Gillingham at Priestfield.

Ferguson believes that his side had a lot of opportunities in front of goal, but felt his side didn’t test the opposing goalkeeper enough, something he felt was also the case against Notts County.
 
“I thought we started both halves really well, I thought we started the game really, really well and we had two opportunities in the 6-yard box, but didn’t take them. It wasn’t just the strikers, I thought there were opportunities for others.

“The first goal was a straight forward cross and a free header which is never good and then we obviously got ourselves back into it just before half time, but box to box you have got to defend better and the lads know we have got to improve,’ Ferguson said.

The Posh boss also believes that there were similarities in last night’s game to the game against Notts County: “I didn’t think we really worked their goalkeeper as much as we should have done, and I think the same in the previous fixture, watching it back my one complaint we didn’t work the goalkeeper enough.

“However, eight games in I think we have started the season if you still want to call it a start, really well. Two defeats and really we could be stood here saying no defeats.”

Ferguson left a fatigued Conor Washington on the bench until the last 15 minutes and explained his reasons. ‘I can’t expect them to play every minute of every game and I’ve done that with all of the strikers. Luke has come in and gone out and come back in again, I thought he worked his socks off, he just needs a goal.”

Winger Jon Taylor limped off during second half with what looked like a nasty injury. “It was a bad tackle so he’s got ice on it now, we will just have to assess it overnight, hopefully the ice pack will keep the swelling down, but we will see how it goes, but I’ve got plenty of options.”

Posh travel to Huish Park on Saturday to face Gary Johnson’s Yeovil side, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Crewe Alexandra in their last fixture. The Posh boss could be boosted by the return of defender Kgosi Ntlhe who has missed the last few games with a groin injury.


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