Big blow for Fergie’s misfiring side

Marcus Maddison suffered a rough night for Posh against Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Marcus Maddison suffered a rough night for Posh against Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson admits his side suffered a massive blow by losing to Gillingham at The ABAX Stadium last night (February 10).

Posh went down 2-1 after the visitors scored a winning goal 10 minutes from time. It meant the end of a three-game unbeaten run and Posh dropped three places to 13th as a result.

They are four points off a play-off place after a succession of missed chances early in the game came back to haunt them.

Ferguson said; “Losing is a big blow for us. We came into the game with good momentum and it was a game we expected to win as long as we delivered a performance.

“And for 30 minutes we played as well as we have for a while, but if you don’t score when you are so dominant there is always a chance it will come back to bite you and so it happened as they scored with their first shot.

“But we should have been out of sight by then. We should have scored four times in the first 20 minutes. They were great, clear-cut chances as well. The game should have been over very early as they couldn’t cope with us.

“You need luck sometimes and Gillingham were very lucky tonight. They changed formations three times in the first 20 minutes as we were so dominant, but they got through it and the first goal changed the game completely.

“They received a lift, we went a bit flat for a while, but we started the second-half well, equalised and I felt we would go on and win it.

“But if you don’t win the game make sure you don’t lose. Instead they delivered a second sucker punch and we have now received a big knockback after a decent little run.

“It’s obvious where our problems lie. We just aren’t scoring enough goals which for one of my Peterborough teams is very unusual.

“We will keep working with what we have in the hope that one of the strikers will go on a run, but we are certainly suffering in that respect.”

Ferguson confirmed that Posh are trying to sign a striker on loan and that if the right player became available they would swoop now rather than wait to ensure he could participate in the play-offs. Jon Taylor will have a run-out in the Development XI against Luton today (February 11) and if he comes through it unscathed he will be in the squad for the home match with Rochdale on Saturday (February 14).

Striker Kyle Vassell is likely to be out for between three-to-five weeks with an ankle injury.

Ferguson also defended his decision to leave Marcus Maddison on the pitch even though he appeared to limp through 90 minutes with a knee injury.

Ferguson added: “Marcus felt a problem in the warm-up and I did think I would have to substitute him early on, but he seemed to improve. He’s the one player always likely to create something out of nothing and we badly needed a goal which is why I left him on.

“I sensed the crowd were frustrated with him, but they must remember he’s a young lad who has done well for us since he came here.”