What Darren Ferguson had to say about Portsmouth following Peterborough draw

Darren Ferguson believed Pompey were fortunate to pick up a point against his Peterborough side as he insisted: we had them on the ropes.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Sunday, 8th December 2019, 4:53 pm

The Posh boss was of the opinion in his post-match interviews that his players were primed to go on and win the game, after Mo Eisa’s 72nd-minute header saw him join team-mate Ivan Toney and Blues duo Lee Brown and Ellis Harrison on the scoresheet.

Yet that didn’t stop Ferguson exuding pride in his troops at the final whistle, with the London Road manager saying his much-depleted side were the better of the two teams on display.

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Ferguson said: ‘At 2-2 I thought we were going to win it - I really did, I thought we had them on the ropes.

‘Our reaction to going 2-1 down was outstanding.

‘I said to the players in the team talk, just make sure I can come off the pitch and say I'm proud to be the manager of that team – and I can't ask any more from my players.

‘I thought they were excellent, great effort. I'm absolutely delighted.

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson Picture: Joe Pepler

‘When you go 2-1 behind here (Fratton Park), it can be hard.

‘We always knew that whenever you play here there's always a period in the game when they'll get 10-15 minutes, especially when they're shooting towards that goal (the Fratton End), they suck it towards the goal - and that's when we needed to stay strong and see it through.

‘And at 2-1 I was a little bit like that, we saw it through.

‘But then when we got the equaliser, I thought we were the better team.

‘To a man, I was delighted with the players.’

The draw sees Peterborough stay third in the League One table – but eight points behind leaders Wycombe, who didn’t play on Saturday.

Pompey remain 10th – three points outside the play-offs but with a game in hand on five of the teams above them in the standings.