Peterborough United’s home winless run extended to eight matches in all competitions as they were beaten 1-0 by surprise package Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the poor run of form, Steve Evans has maintained his side’s unbeaten away record, and Peterborough United remain in 2nd position in League One.

Former Mansfield manager Evans was full of praise for the defensive display put on by John Coleman’s Stanley side, but pointed out that the game could’ve been very different, but for referee Scott Duncan’s performance – who failed to send off Stanley winger Sean McConville for a “horrendous” tackle on Marcus Maddison.

Evans didn’t hesitate to criticise Duncan for his “incompetent” performance at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Scotsman told the Peterborough Telegraph:

“Another factor today is we’ve had an incompetent referee. (McConville’s tackle) was just horrendous. It’s absolutely horrendous. He’s a very talented player boy – he doesn’t need to do that.

“The challenges on Dembele were all afternoon. Every time the kid got the ball he got smashed. But Scott Duncan’s performance was incompetent. It should attract interest for people to look at why he’s so bad.

“It changes the game if they go down to 10 men. It changes the game if the right full-back is on a caution. He’s had nine fouls and he’s not had a caution.

“This is the same referee I had in the Championship a few years ago He was absolutely horrendous and spent a week grovelling to me on the telephone.”

The Posh have the chance to respond to yet another home defeat on Tuesday night, as Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town travel to London Road for the second game in Posh’s home double header.




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