Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been left more driven than ever by Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

Referee Carl Boyeson was at the centre of attention for some controversial decisions in Peterborough United’s 3-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

At 1-0 up, Boyeson sent off Posh left-back Tyler Denton for two bookable offences. The first, for time-wasting after 30 minutes and the second for an obvious full on Mallik Wilks. Leeds loanee Wilks was at involved in the game’s next controversial moment, too.

Wilks squared up to Posh striker Ivan Toney and appeared to push his head into Toney’s face, sending the striker falling to the ground in a theatrical fashion. Boyeson decided to give the Leeds United loanee just a yellow card despite the headbutt.

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Ferguson spoke to the Peterborough Telegraph post game to discuss Boyeson’s decisions.

“But the game changed in the final five minutes of the first half with a couple of decisions from a referee who has recent history with our club.

“Why on earth the referee has booked Tyler for time wasting after 30 minutes I have no idea. He’d actually warned one of our players after 15 minutes.

“I feel for Tyler. His second yellow was obvious, but it should have been his first and then the referee decides to show a yellow card for a headbutt on Ivan Toney. He’s seen the incident as he’s booked him. A headbutt is rarely a yellow card.

“But we let in some disappointing goals and had no luck. We have played okay, the lads have carried the gameplan out well, but decisions went against us.

The former Doncaster boss went on to state that he is keen to look past Saturday’s events, as he looks to deliver another promotion for Posh fans.

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“This game has gone now. We must pick ourselves up and get on with things. We’ve had no luck since I returned. We have to keep 11 men on the pitch and we have started picking up injuries which hadn’t happened at all until I came back.

“I might be jinxed. The club has certainly been cursed lately, but it just makes me more determined to be successful again.

“In fact, I’ve never been more determined to win a promotion. The challenge is what it is. We’ve lost an important game, but there will be twists and turns to come and we must make sure we are on the right end of them. We have to keep believing.”

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