Date:Wednesday September 25 2013
Posh boss Darren Ferguson admitted his side were second best in their defeat at Sunderland in the Capital One Cup match and you couldn`t really argue with that.
Players Are Capable Of Covering Positions
Posh suffered a massive blow early on in the game at Sunderland when the influential Lee Tomlin was cynically taken out by South Korean Ki Sung-Yeung and limped off with an injury which could see the midfielder miss a number of weeks!
Ferguson was not impressed with the challenge as he said after the game: "It was a bad foul, a bad foul. There was no attempt to play the ball.
"Lee`s damaged a nerve in his foot, It went numb straight away, but we won`t know for sure how long he will be out until he has the scan - he might not be out at all."
Despite the injury to Tomlin and to Tommy Rowe later in the match, Fergie did admit that Sunderland were worthy of their win: "Sunderland deserved to win, there`s no doubt in my mind about that.
"Of course the injuries, particularly the one to Lee so early in the game, didn`t help, but I can`t use that as an excuse. We have players capable of covering for all positions," continued Fergie.
"Lee is just one player. We all know he`s a very good player, but it would be disrespectful to the rest of the squad to say his departure cost us the game.
"I sent Joe Newell on and he is a player I have high hopes for, but we didn`t perform well enough to win."
Fergie may have high hopes for Newell but he has time and again failed to impress and everyone knows that he`s not capable of filling the top of the diamond position which he initially filled when he came on!!
Many players again failed to play to their potential which upset Fergie: "I`m disappointed for my players because they just didn`t express themselves. We are a team who thrives on keeping possession, but, particularly in the first-half, we just didn`t do it well enough.
"I knew Sunderland would come at us and press us high up the field and we just didn`t cope with the pressure. I know Kevin Ball (caretaker Sunderland manager) very well and he`s a Sunderland man through and through so I expected a big effort from their players.
"We spoke about starting the game well and for the first 10 minutes we did well. We were also starting to worry them in the second-half when they broke away and scored a second goal.
"The longer it stayed 1-0 the more we fancied our chances. The crowd can get restless here and it was just starting to happen when we conceded the second goal."
As much as the Posh Chairman wants a good Cup run, it does detract from the more important things such as winning automatic promotion back to the Championship and long trips such as this does eventually take it out of the players especially as Fergie always fields his strongest line-up!
"Both their goals came from crosses that we should have dealt with, but it`s gone now and we have to just make sure we are ready for the weekend," said Fergie.
"We`re in the middle of a tough programme of games with lots of travelling, but we have a lot of young lads and they will be fine.
"They will have a day off today [25th September] and just a light session on Thursday [26th September]. We`ll be raring to go again at Rotherham."
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