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'Just one of those nights' admits Ferguson, as pitch makes for tough draw

Peterborough United missed out on three points after a 0-0 draw against Bristol Rovers, who snapped out of their five-match losing streak at the Weston Homes Stadium.
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Darren Ferguson found the Posh pitch 'tough going' for his players as they drew 0-0 against Bristol Rovers (Photo: Terry Harris)

Rovers (and former Posh) keeper Joe Day was the hero for his current team, regularly thwarting Peterborough chances. Day twice kept out Sammie Szmodics efforts, and also saved from Siriki Dembele and Dan Butler.

Both the woodwork and Posh goalkeeper Christy Pym denied Rovers the chance to break through in the first half.

Fewer opportunities were on show in the second half, although a goal-line clearance from Rovers defender Alfie Kilgour kept the scoreline level late in the game. Dembele found his way past Day, but Kilgour denied him the winning moment.

Speaking after the game, Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson admitted: "It was one of those nights for us.

"We started the game ever so well, but we just lacked a bit of composure at times. Everything was a bit frenetic.

"It almost felt like we had to score with every attack when we really just needed to keep the ball better rather than going hell for leather every time.

"I know Rovers hit the post, but that was pretty much it. In fact I think my goalkeeper only had one save to make in the entire 90 minutes.

"We continued to create the opportunities in the second half and the best one fell to Siriki, but even after he went around the keeper he was fighting the surface a little bit.

"It was really tough going on that pitch, but credit to my lads for giving everything and keeping going. I have seen games like that go against you by conceding a late goal, but we were the stronger side right to the death."

The draw keeps Peterborough United in third in the League One table, two points behind Hull City, who suffered a shock defeat on Tuesday night, and five points behind league leaders Lincoln City.