Ferguson won’t be pressing panic button just yet

Posh goalscorer Tommy Rowe saw this shot blocked by an Orient defender.
Posh goalscorer Tommy Rowe saw this shot blocked by an Orient defender.
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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson won’t be pressing the panic button despite his side’s poor form continuing with a home defeat at the hands of League One leaders Leyton Orient today (November 2).

It’s now three games without a win for Posh who have slipped six points behind Orient and three points behind Wolves, who also have a game in hand.

Posh were outclassed by a hugely impressive Leyton Orient side who came from behind to win 3-1. Posh skipper Tommy Rowe had put Posh in front after 25 minutes.

But Ferguson said: “Orient were better than us from start to finish and in all areas of the field. We just didn’t settle into the game, even after we scored.

“I thought the goal would give us confidence, but it just seemed to spur Orient on and they deserved their win. I was happy at the end that they only scored three as they could easily have scored six.

“They were better than us today, but leagues aren’t won in November and I have no doubt that we will be there or thereabouts come May when it matters

“Three games ago I moaned that my players had not been given enough credit for the start they’d delivered, but since then they’ve done nothing to earn any credit so I wish I hadn’t said it!

“But there is absolutely no need to panic, I may have to freshen things up a bit in the coming weeks, but there is an awful long way to go and this is a very tough league to win.”

Ferguson stuck with his midfield diamond formation again with Grant McCann playing at the tip, but the team barely created a chance. They also delivered their worst defensive display of the season - conceding three goals in a game for the first time in the campaign,

“We didn’t lose because of formation or tactics,” Ferguson insisted. “We lost because the other team played much better than us. We barely won a header or a tackle all game and we conceded three awful goals.

“We will just have to take it on the chin and move onto the next match. I will find a way to get us scoring goals again.”

Posh have scored just three goals in their last five League One matches. They are still five points clear of fourth-placed Preston.

Posh don’t return to League One action for over fortnight. They host Exeter in the FA Cup on Saturday, November 9 and Dagenham & Redbridge in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday, November 12 before travelling to Walsall for a League game in front of the Sky television cameras on Monday, November 18.

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