Peterborough v Sheffield United: Darren Ferguson slams "naive" defending as Billy Sharp makes history

Darren Ferguson bemoaned some of his Peterborough side’s “naïve” defending as they lost 2-0 at home to Sheffield United this afternoon.

Saturday, 29th January 2022, 8:44 pm

The Blades were good value for their victory, courtesy of second-half goals from Billy Sharp and Callum Morton (own goal).

Posh had a good chance of their own in the first half, when Jonson Clarke-Harris went through one-on-one but saw his shot saved by Wes Foderingham.

Posh fans were unhappy in the second half, with some chanting ‘Fergie, sort it out’ in the direction of their manager.

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And Ferguson said afterwards: “It was always going to be a tough game for us, playing against a very, very good opposition.

“But we got to half time nil-nil and said: ‘Don’t give them anything cheap’. We had to make sure we looked after the ball. The goals were given away; they were so avoidable.

“This league is unforgiving and you can’t let Billy Sharp have a chance because it’s a goal. Both were avoidable and when we had moments and chances - and we had a big one with Jonson - these are ones we have to take.

“It can be difficult at times because they dominated a lot of the ball and when we had chances to counter-attack, we made the wrong decision.

Darren Ferguson, the manager of Peterborough United: David Klein / Sportimage

“That’s what we’ve got to do better. If you do go ahead then the game will open more. But they give everything, we just can’t seem to find a way to keep a clean sheet and some of the defending was very naïve.

“We have to sort that out.”