Darren Ferguson gives a gracious assessment as his Peterborough United side are well beaten by Blackpool

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson says Blackpool are the best side his team have played in League One this season.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 10:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 10:40 pm

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The Seasiders completed a league double over Darren Ferguson’s side, winning 3-1 to climb into the League One play-offs for the first time this season.

Jerry Yates got them off to a perfect start, rifling home from 25 yards inside the first minute.

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Pool dominated the opening half, but they were cruelly pegged back in stoppage-time when Joe Ward volleyed home in off the post.

But the Seasiders responded superbly, Yates completing his brace from the penalty spot before Luke Garbutt completed the scoring with his second goal in three games.

Ferguson told the Peterborough Telegraph: “I was disappointed by that tonight, I was disappointed by the way we played on Saturday and I am disappointed with our recent form.

“It’s clear why we’ve started to struggle. We are conceding sloppy goals through individual errors. That’s 11 goals in five matches we’ve now conceded and that can’t continue. Teams are not having to work that hard to score against us.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson

“We need to get back to basics. We were very solid until this recent run. We have to get back to that and if we do I maintain we have enough in this squad to get where we want to be.

“If we keep clean sheets we have the attacking quality to win matches. It’s up to me to use my experience now. I will stay composed, I won’t panic and I will pick the players up and give them the confidence they need.

“Technically that was the worst we’ve played all season. I felt three at the back and wing-backs would cause them problems, but we couldn’t beat their press.

"It’s not as though it’s something we haven’t faced before. We work on it all the time. We can normally pass our way past it, but tonight we struggled and we could have been out of the game in 15 minutes.

“Obviously a first minute goal against us didn’t help and it clearly affected us. We were all over the pace and they were right on the front foot. Your plans for the game go out of the window at that point.

“I had to change formation again which I didn’t want to do and I would have been happy to get to half time only 1-0 down. Instead we equalised which was a real boost, but then we started the second half badly and conceded two more poor goals.

“Christy Pym made a mistake from a corner for the second goal and after watching it back it was a penalty and then we switched off for the third goal.

“We huffed and puffed and we should have had a penalty. The referee said he would apologise if he got it wrong, but that’s no use to us now.

“I have to say though Blackpool are one of the best teams we’ve played. That’s twice this season they have deserved to beat us.

“But we are still in a great position, We are second with a game in hand to catch the leaders with 10 games to go. Football has been very fickle this season. In February everyone thought we would win the league by 10 points and now they all probably think we have collapsed.

“But we just need to start another run and it needs to start on Saturday. I’m staying very positive.”

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