FERGIE: REF BOT­TLED RED CARD

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

PRESTON match-win­ner Jer­maine Beck­ford should have been sent off but the ref­eree bot­tled the decision, ac­cord­ing to Peter­bor­ough United boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son.

Beck­ford scored his first goal for the club in first-half stop­page time after dink­ing the ball over Peter­bor­ough goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick to main­tain Preston’s seven-match un­beaten run.

The decision not to give Beck­ford his march­ing or­ders early in the sec­ond-half riled Fer­gu­son even though he did not be­lieve his chal­lenge on Michael Bost­wick was a bad one.

“The sec­ond one was not a foul but he’s given it so it’s a yel­low card.The ref has bot­tled the decision there no ques­tion. Nine times out of ten you think it was prob­a­bly another yel­low,” said the Peter­bor­ough man­ager.

“We were re­ally un­lucky to lose the game.We started it re­ally well but the goal was hor­ren­dous to lose.

“It’s some­thing we’ve shown the play­ers 12 times on video.You can­not lose goals like that. That’s the dif­fer­ence.

“We have to get out of the habit of los­ing games, but the last two games there have been a lot of pos­i­tives.

“If we keep do­ing that we will start win­ning games.

“What frus­trated me was the end prod­uct.There were a lot of rash de­ci­sions late in the game.”

Preston’s Paul Gal­lagher rat­tled the bar early on from the edge of the area, but Beck­ford gave his side the lead when he eas­ily shrugged off the at­ten- tions of the Peter­bor­ough de­fence and dinked the ball over Al­nwick.

Beck­ford had been booked a few min­utes ear­lier for shov­ing over Kgosi Ntihe as he shielded the ball out.

Early in the sec­ond-half he was pe­nalised for jumping in on Bost­wick but es­caped a sec­ond yel­low card, much to the frus­tra­tion of the home dug-out.

Posh, though, cre­ated lit­tle with Aaron McLean shoot­ing wide of the near post as they lost their fourth straight home league game.

Preston boss Si­mon Grayson en­joyed his 100th game in charge of the club as he eyes a suc­cess­ful re­union with Beck­ford whom he man­aged at Leeds and Hud­der­s­field.

“For that chal­lenge [in the sec­ond­half] he has won the ball. I had a quick word with him on the half-way line and told him to be care­ful. He knows how to man­age the game,” said Grayson.“He has that goal in his locker. He has done it for me over the years but he’s been strug­gling for con­fi­dence.

“But he’s al­ways go­ing to score goals. Hope­fully this is the start of a run of goals.

“We con­trolled the game and had some good op­por­tu­ni­ties. I’m de­lighted to have a clean­sheet and win the game. “The last ten min­utes we had to dig deep, but we did what we had to do. We show great de­sire and spirit to keep clean­sheets which is a fan­tas­tic tes­ta­ment to the de­fend­ers.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

MAINE MAN: Jer­maine Beck­ford chips the ball over goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick to give Preston the vic­tory

JOY: Jer­maine Beck­ford cel­e­brates his win­ner

STAR MAN PAUL GAL­LAG

HER Preston

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