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Ferguson bemoans lack of belief

27 February 2013

Darren Ferguson has urged his Peterborough players to rediscover their self-belief after defeat to Bolton kept the club rooted to the foot of the npower Championship table.

Posh fell behind at the Reebok Stadium to Craig Dawson's fifth-minute header - the defender's third goal in two matches - and failed to find an equaliser despite enjoying greater possession after the interval.

They therefore remain four points from safety and Ferguson said: "I got the feeling we were waiting for something tonight; I don't know what. That's two games in a row now that our final ball has not been good enough. If I'm going to be honest, I didn't see us scoring.

"I think we lacked that little bit of belief that we could get anything from the game, which is unusual. In the second half we got control of the game but never really had many openings.

"We need six wins and we need them quick, but my players can win games. We can win games against any team in this league; we've shown that," he added. "This is what you're in the game for. This is the business end of the season.

"It's the bit I enjoy and it's the bit the players have got to enjoy. They have to enjoy the challenge of trying to keep the club up because the difference - and no disrespect to League One - between this league and the one below is absolutely gigantic."

While Ferguson bemoaned a lack of cutting edge, opposite number Dougie Freedman delighted in Bolton's solidity at the back.

"For me the signs were there that the training ground work we do day-in, day-out is paying off," he said. "Apart from the first 15-20 minutes it wasn't our most fantastic display on the ball, but off the ball, to a man, we worked very hard and made it difficult for Peterborough to have any clear-cut chances."

The only sour note for Bolton came with a first-half injury to Mark Davies, who has only recently returned from shoulder surgery. "It has been a massive blow for us to miss Mark for the last three months. He twisted his knee and we'll see in the morning (how severe it is)," explained Freedman. "He's got a scan so let's keep our fingers crossed."

Freedman also explained the absence from his matchday 18 of Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears. "Eagles is not well. He phoned in on Monday, and Tyrone Mears has a blood infection so the two of them had to miss tonight," added the Wanderers boss.

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