Opposition view: Ferguson felt Posh 'tactically exploited' Cobblers in derby victory

Darren Ferguson.Darren Ferguson.
Darren Ferguson.
Thompson and Brown on target in 2-0 win

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson felt his side 'tactically' outsmarted the Cobblers on their way to Saturday's 2-0 derby victory at the PTS.

Posh regularly found space on their right side in the first-half and eventually made it count when Nathan Thompson was left free to collect Siriki Dembele's incisive pass and fire home.

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Steve Arnold made some good stops in net for Town but Peterborough sealed the victory when Reece Brown drilled into the bottom corner late on.

Ferguson dedicated the win to Posh legend Tommy Robson, who passed away this week, and said his side exposed a weakness that they had identified before the match.

"We dedicate that win to Tommy and also to the fans that couldn't be here today," said Ferguson. "He was a legend at this club and I'm pleased we could get the win for him.

"I thought we were excellent and deserved the result. Tactically, the lads got it spot on in terms of what we worked on because we kept causing problems on the outside of them. They had a lot of central players so we wanted to play out wide and get two against ones.

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"We wanted to switch the play as much as possible and we did that very well. When you play three at the back, the space is generally on the other side of the pitch and Dembele and (Joe) Ward found space extremely well.

"You've got to give credit to the players for that because tactically we exploited the areas where we thought there would be space. The first goal was a very good example of that and I was pleased with the players because it's a hard place to come and you have to defend well and I thought we did.

"They also did something I haven't seen in a while and man marked (Sammie) Szmodics but he just took the boy for a walk and it left big spaces. I'm delighted with the performance."