Kenilworth Road

Next Game

Luton Town v Peterboro

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

London Road Ground

Last Game

Peterboro 0 - 0 Charlton

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Ferguson hails Posh subs

Darren Ferguson praised the impact of his half-time substitutions as Posh secured FA Cup progress with a 2-0 win against Exeter.

Last Updated: 09/11/13 at 21:57

Darren Ferguson: Half-time subs paid off

Darren Ferguson: Half-time subs paid off

Ferguson sent on loan recruit Hogan Ephraim and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing at the break and both played starring roles in a much-improved second-half display as Posh eased past League Two opposition.

Ephraim, who was snapped up on a 28-day deal from QPR on Friday, had a hand in both goals while Mendez-Laing climbed off the bench to score for the second time this season.

Posh finally made a breakthrough in the 72nd minute when Ephraim fed Mark Little to deliver for record signing Britt Assombalonga to tap in his first goal in 10 games.

And Posh, who ditched their regular midfield diamond in favour of a 3-5-2 formation, quickly clinched their passage as Ephraim cleverly slipped in Mendez-Laing seven minutes later.

Assombalonga dragged two other excellent opportunities wide as Posh took control in the final quarter of the game while Krysiak was forced into a super reaction save to claw away a deflected Little effort.

Posh goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik was a spectator for much of the afternoon as Exeter offered virtually nothing in attack.

Olejnik wasn't called upon to make a save until former Posh man Arron Davies unleashed a low drive from 25 yards late on.

Ferguson said: "The substitutions made a big difference. They gave us that bit of quality in the final third that we have been missing.

"Hogan will certainly suit the way we played and young Mendez cannot be happy with me because he is regularly making an impact from the bench and not getting a start.

"We seem to have a problem with everyone expecting us to win 8-0 all the time and it doesn't work like that.

"We had to be patient against a good Exeter team in the first half. We had a lot more energy about our performance in the second half and the first goal gave the lads a lift."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

heyremind me of Utd's treble winning side. Swashbuckling and risk prone. We ha Jaap Stam to paper over the cracks at the back though. Not sure they have their Jaap yet.

HarryBoulton
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

A

lexis Sanchez; too good for Liverpool, Stevie. :)

pires
Suarez 'too good for Arsenal'

T

he solution is to not feel sorry for any of Jabba, Gold or Sullivan. They're all deeply unpleasant and all deserve each other. If only West Ham would sign Barton and Suarez then no one would ever need to despise any other club.

spuzzell
The Strange Idea Of Sympathy For Big Sam

Footer 365

Transfer news: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets further signings

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to further strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1.

Manchester United owners warn Louis van Gaal over Champions League

Manchester United's owners have piled pressure on new boss Louis van Gaal by stressing the financial perils of failure.

Former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins believes club will cope despite exits

Former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins believes his former club will cope with the huge transition of players.

Mail Box

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property