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Darren Ferguson was disappointed by the standard of his Peterborough side's defending in their 2-0 home defeat to Crawley.

Last Updated: 31/08/13 at 21:20

Darren Ferguson: Rues lack of urgency

Darren Ferguson: Rues lack of urgency

Crawley wrecked high-flying Posh's best start to a season for more than half-a-century with a 2-0 triumph at London Road where a brace from veteran striker Gary Alexander did the damage.

Alexander broke the deadlock with a terrific volley from a tight angle in the 22nd minute after being picked out by a Billy Clarke cross.

And the 34 year-old was on hand to double the advantage when punishing some pitiful defending in the 64th minute.

Posh posed little threat as their six-match winning streak came to an abrupt end, but Ferguson was also quick to praise the performance of conquerors Crawley.

Ferguson said: "We didn't play with anywhere near the energy or tempo that I expect.

"We huffed and puffed, but never looked like getting back into the game after going behind.

"It's been a really good start, but we still have to get better at getting something out of games when things aren't going our way.

"I need to see a reaction from the first minute of training on Monday morning.

"The good thing for me is I have a strong squad and plenty of players waiting in the wings for an opportunity.

"All credit to Crawley though as they are a good team and I think they will be up there this season."

Striker Britt Assombalonga saw two strong shouts for a penalty ignored by referee Darren Bond in the closing stages.

Bond did dismiss Crawley man Mike Jones late on for collecting a second caution, but that did not stop the visitors coming within a whisker of a third goal when substitute James Hurst rifled inches wide.

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