Posh boss tells Wigan boss to concentrate on his own players rather than make accusations against others
Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has brushed aside accusations his players were guilty of conning the officials during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic at the Weston Homes Stadium.
Wigan manager Leam Richardson revealed after the game he’d spoken to referee Thomas Bramhall about a perception Posh players were going to ground too easily.
Richardson was then aghast as his side conceded a late match-winning penalty for a foul on Siriki Dembele. He said: “If we’d have lost to a really good goal, a nice passage of play or a great strike, you’re all right with that.
“But to lose in the manner we did, it’s going to be tinged with frustration.”
Ferguson had his right of reply in today’s press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s (March 2) League One trip to Oxford.
“You should be careful about talking about opposition players,” Ferguson said. “He should concentrate on his players and let me concentrate on mine.
“Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there is no evidence for what he said. They conceded 26 fouls in the game and we felt the referee was lenient towards them. We felt we could have had three penalties.
“I said beforehand how physical Wigan have been recently and I have no problem with that. They have reacted very well to a 5-0 home defeat. They were right at it against us and they had a right go, but I was pleased with how my players stuck at it.
“As for the penalty we did get. It was great skill from Siriki and once he’s gone across the defender he should leave him or accept you deserve to give away a penalty.”