Date:Sunday August 25 2013
Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson was pleased with his sides performance at Tranmere Rovers as they came away with a 5-0 win.
Clinical Finishing And A Clean Sheet
"You don`t win 5-0 away from home very often and certainly not at Tranmere so it was a special day for us." Ferguson said after the win at Prenton Park.
"I was pleased with the clean sheet and the way we went about it in the second half. Very, very professional. We got ourselves in front. The first 2 goals were excellent goals and then Grants penalty makes it three and they go down to 10 men. Goals change games and I thought we were very clinical with our first two goals.
"In terms of getting control of the game I thought we did and the stuff we`d worked on I thought we did quite well.
"You can get sloppy and complacent in these sort of games but we made sure at half time we said 'be professional` we knew we could get more goals and we did. It`s been a good day.
"We started the second half a little bit flat but the fourth goal picked us up again. Five different goalscorers is very impressive and we certainly have a forward partnership developing between Britt and Tyrone. That`s why I left them on for 90 minutes as they are just going to get better and better together.
With Posh well in command, some thought it would be a good time to bring young Jaanai Gordon on but Fergie decided against that: "I`ve got two strikers who just want to score goals. They`ve earned the right to get in the team and I wanted to keep them on. They`re goalscorers which is why I didn`t take them off. If that was me and I was taken off I wouldn`t be happy.
"When you`ve got a partnership, you want to give them as much time as possible. You`ve also got the added advantage of Ty [pictured below] who is good at set pieces.
With a long season ahead and a fairly big squad with many players not even making the 18-man match day squad, Fergie had to make changes and try people in different positions: "I had to make some changes and I wanted to see what Alcock at left back and Lits at right back could do.
"Lits was outstanding when he came on and he`s really pushing. I can play Craig on that left back side because I`ve got to be aware that Kgosi has been out for so long that there`s going to be a time when he needs a break. Tuesday is certainly one I`m thinking of giving him a break in," continued Fergie.
"I wanted to freshen up the bench and I put Mendez and Jaanai on it and I got Mendez on. He [Mendez-Laing] did better than some in the reserve game and that`s why we have these games.
"I felt these games we have in the week for the ones that are not involved I have to take things out of that as well and I felt some did better than some and that was the reflection of the bench.
Mendez-Laing came back to pre-season not as fit as expected and it`s taken him a while to get up to the fitness levels of the other players: "It`s really up to Mendez how he goes about it." said Fergie. "He understands the situation but I suppose he was pleased he got some time on the pitch.
"Overall, this is never an easy place to come and I said that in the team talk but today we`ve run out comfortable and it`s very rare you get these days at Tranmere.
The win means Posh have equalled a club record set 52 years ago! Four wins in a row from the start of the season but Fergie preferred to look ahead: "It`s good to equal the club`s best start, but it is only a start. We need to see where we are after 10-12 games. We have a very strong squad though and we can get even better."
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