Darren Ferguson, the Peterborough United manager, has threatened to wield the axe when his team visit Sheffield United this evening, writes James Shield.
Ferguson was critical of the Cambridgeshire club’s failure to take a least a point from last weekend’s match at Crawley Town and warned players responsible for the defeat could be held accountable.
“Now we have another tough one at Sheffield United on Tuesday and I might shake things up a bit as there were some poor performances out there,” Ferguson said. “If I had a complaint it was that we lacked composure in the final third and were too rash when we got into good scoring positions.
“If ever a game summed our season up it was this one. We’ve lost far too many games to teams in the bottom 10 and we’ve lost far too many of these tight, even games.”
Despite that claim, sixth placed Peterborough are ranked the division’s seventh most successful team against sides in the lower half of the table. United, who remained 12th following their victory at MK Dons, have not been beaten at home since November.
“When a game is this close you have to take something from it,” Ferguson, reflecting on the 1-0 defeat by Town, added. “We probably should have won it as we were the better side after the first 15 minutes, but if you can’t win a game, make sure you don’t lose it.
“We have to make sure that, if we find ourselves in the same position, that it doesn’t happen again. That’s something we’ve got to work hard on.”
Ferguson courted controversy following the match at the Checkatrade.com Stadium after claiming referee Lee Collins had told his players to “eff’ off” before also insisting Britt Assombalonga had been stamped-on by an opponent.
“I’m not sure he (Collins) is supposed to do that,” Ferguson said. “But when I challenged him about it, he said he could say what he likes. I’m pretty sure he can’t do that either.”