REACTION: Posh boss takes the positives after an inspired goalkeeper and a referee who missed a ‘blatant’ penalty frustrated his table-toppers
Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson took plenty of positives from the 0-0 draw at Oxford that ended a six-game winning streak in League One tonight (March 2).
Posh couldn’t find way past in-form Oxford goalkeeper Jack Stephens who saved his best til last with a terrific 95th stop from a Jonson Clarke-Harris header.
Ferguson felt his side were denied a cast iron penalty in the first-half, but they ended the night three points clear at the top and they have two games in hand on second-placed Hull City who they host next Tuesday (March 9).
Ferguson, who had to replace absent star midfielder Jack Taylor with Ethan Hamilton, said: “I thought we were solid, the shape was good and I don’t think they caused us any problems apart from the one that flashed across the goal.
“We had the best chances in the game. We had two really good opportunities, Joe Ward in the first half and then Siriki in the second half. Their keeper has made some good saves, particularly right at the death from Jonson Clarke-Harris.
“I have to say, we should have had a penalty kick at the end of the first half. Mark Beevers has been dragged down to the floor from a corner. It is blatant, he has pulled him to the floor.
“We are coming away from a promotion rival and we are disappointed that we have just taken a point. However, when you come away from home, it is important to pick something up and there are lots of positives to take. It is another clean sheet. We defended well.
“I thought Ethan Hamilton was very good, that was pleasing and the wide players did well as well. We take the point, move on and look forward to the next game, that is all you can do.”
Ferguson will talk about Taylor’s absence at a press conference tomorrow morning (March 3).