Sunday 15 December 2019

Ferguson furious in defeat

Eleanor Crooks

Fuming Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson apologised to his side's fans after they slumped to a 3-0 home defeat by Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup.

London Road was packed with more than 13,000 fans for the clash between the local rivals, but the home supporters had little to cheer as Norwich dominated, despite making eight changes to the side beaten by West Ham on Tuesday.

Elliott Bennett opened the scoring in the 30th minute and Simeon Jackson added a second before half-time, with Robert Snodgrass grabbing a third in the 70th minute, and Ferguson did not mince his words about his side's display.

"We've got our largest crowd of the season and I have to apologise to my own supporters for that performance because we're at home in a cup game which my players, for whatever reason, turned into a pre-season game," he said.

"I'm glad it's taken me a while to talk to the press, and I haven't had a meeting with the players yet, because sometimes you can say things you might end up regretting. It was a shocking performance."

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