Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has said to the Peterborough Telegraph that he was “shocked” by his side’s poor performance against Doncaster Rovers as they fell to a 2-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Peterborough United were defeated 2-0 by Doncaster Rovers on Saturday afternoon, seeing them drop from 6th to 9th. Doncaster veteran James Coppinger opened the scoring with a header before former Posh man Kieran Sadlier doubled their lead.

The defeat shocked manager Darren Ferguson, who said that his side’s performance was “a million miles away” from what they needed if they wanted to come away with all three points. Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, he said:

“That was an overall poor performance. I didn’t see it coming. I was shocked. We were a million miles away from where we needed to be to win this game.

“We couldn’t get near to Doncaster. We made them look Barcelona today. There is no way you will win a game of football against anyone playing like that.

“We looked tired, but we shouldn’t be. We’ve only played nine league games. We had no energy and we were so poor I had to play three different formations just to try and get something going.

“The first-half was terrible. We had too many gaps. We couldn’t find the spaces we wanted to play in and weren’t brave enough on the ball. I made two substitutions at half-time and it could have been a lot more.

“I’ll excuse the substitutes as it’s hard to join a performance like that. We had a go towards the end, but a team 2-0 is always going to sit a bit deeper which gives you a chance.

“I’m going away to have a look at what went wrong and identify the reasons why. I’m scratching my head right now. I didn’t deserve that from the players coming back to a former club and the fans have also been let down.

“They’ve seen some great performances lately and travelled in great numbers today so we must all hold our hands up and admit that was unacceptable.

“We cannot ever repeat it. Players need to know they have to perform consistently to stay in this team.”