Anger as Posh exit FA Cup in an in­ept and spine­less way

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Ice Hockey - By Alan­swann

Posh boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son was fu­ri­ous at the man­ner of his side’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Nor­wich City. Posh went down 3- 0 to the Pre­mier League side at Lon­don Road­afteradis­play­la­belled‘ in­ept’, ‘ spine­less’ and ‘ un­ac­cept­able’ by the man­ager.

Fer­gu­son was with­out his twotop­goal scor­ers ( LeeeTom­lin and Dwight Gayle) and his best de­fender ( Gaby Zakuani), but he didn’t seek to make ex­cuses in a post- match tirade which started with an apol­ogy to the Posh fans in a crowd of just over 13,000.

Fer­gu­son said: “I’ve only ever done it once be­fore, but I have to apol­o­gise to the fans for that per­for­mance.

“We didn’t com­pete, we didn’t play with any tempo, in fact we didn’t turn up full stop.

“The last think I said to the play­ers be­fore the game was to make it a cup- tie.

“By that I meant get out there, play our­foot­ball, but also tackle and scrap.

“In­stead we turned a cup­tie in front of our big­gest home crowd of the sea­son into a pre­sea­songame­andthat­wa­sunac­cept­able.

“Wew­ere­inep­tandthere­are many other ad­jec­tives I could use like ‘ spine­less’.

“I just didn’t see that per­for­mance coming and to say I was very frus­trated watch­ing it is a com­plete un­der- state­ment.

“I’m not hav­ing that from the play­ers. Theylet me­andthe Peter­bor­ough fans down. I left them sit­ting in the dress­ing room af­ter the game as I wanted them­to­think­about what they had just done and then per­haps they could ex­plain it to me.

“They will ex­pect metopick themu­pa­gainasIal­waysdo, but maybe they are get­ting too fa­mil­iar with that.”

Fer­gu­son’sanger­wasshared by his chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony.

Posh­have­fal­l­enattheir­first FA Cup hur­dle in three of the last four sea­sons.

MacAn­thony used his Twit­ter ac­count to say: “Never had cup run or earned de­cent mon­eyfromFACupsinceI’ve­owned club and we didn’t turn up to win to­day. So an­gry, really an­gry.

“( It was) mainly a sec­ond string Nor­wich side who were to­tally pro­fes­sional in their ap­proach and work rate ( from) start to fin­ish.

“Have to say mag­nif­i­cent sup­port from Posh and Nor­wich fans. So, so sorry myteam didn’t show up and give you all the game you de­served.”

Fer­gu­son found only one pos­i­tive point from the con­test and that was the dis­play of 17 year- old striker Jaanai Gor­don who was sent on as a first- half­sub­sti­tute. Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted he made a mis­take in not field­ing the lo­cal boy from the start.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed that I ig­nored my gut in­stinct to start with Jaanai,” Fer­gu­son said.

“And the lad did well when he went on. He at least showed a bit of fight.”

Nor­wich man­ager Chris Hughton in­sisted squad depth was the key to his side’s vic­tory stroll. He fielded nine fringe play­ers.

Hughton said: “There is no doubt that we have a stronger squad than Peter­bor­ough.

“I havealoto­fad­mi­ra­tionfor Dar­renand­his­teamthough. It’s a great ef­fort by a club of their size just to com­pete so well in the Cham­pi­onship.”

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