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Darren Ferguson seeking home comforts for Peterborough United

21 April 2014

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson is hoping his side can hit the Play-Offs running after a comfortable 4-1 win over Sky Bet League 1 strugglers Carlisle United all but sealed sixth spot.

Seventh-placed Swindon are the only side who can deny Ferguson's side a play-off place, but the Robins must claw back a four-point deficit in the remaining two games of the season.

Britt Assombalonga's two second-half penalties clinched victory after Conor Washington's first-half strike had given the hosts the lead, and Michael Bostwick added a fourth in injury time.

Ferguson rotated some of his squad for the game and said: "It was a convincing win, although I was a little disappointed that it was only 1-0 at half-time.

"But I thought we looked convincing, I thought we looked confident and the ones who came into the team did well. So I was pleased.

"It was a confidence performance. After the defeat against Bradford we could have been edgy, especially after Swindon scored in the last minute against Coventry.

"As a manager I've got a good trust in all my players so I was always going to mix the pack.

"My squad is decent and are much of a muchness. There are no superstars here and they are a good bunch.

"We spoke about our aspirations to finish sixth and get in the play-offs and are fully aware that we will be at home first.

"So we need to take this momentum and confidence into the first leg.

"Without getting ahead of ourselves, we've got to get there first.

"That's four convincing victories at home now, but I'm disappointed that we didn't get the clean sheet as well."

Graham Kavanagh's men have genuine relegation fears after failing to register a second win since February 22.

Lee Miller managed to reduce the deficit after the hosts went 2-0 up yet the Cumbrians failed to hit the target again as Posh regained control.

Carlisle boss Kavanagh admitted his players have yet again come up short at the business end of the campaign.

Kavanagh said: "It's a heavy defeat and one we could have done without.

"We probably weren't expecting to pick up too much here, but I thought we would have performed a bit better than we did.

"Obviously, decisions have cost us but we have created our own downfall.

"We have got a hell of a lot of injuries to key players and we have lost another couple here.

"I think we have finished the game with seven players under the age of 21.

"But the problem I had, especially in the second half, there was a lack of belief among the group, and a lack of leaders, and that's difficult to comprehend.

"We have done this so many times this season (a poor performance) but we have got to go again.

"There are a lot of tired bodies and tired minds, it seems.

"I have asked the players if they are up for the scrap because I'm not going down without fighting.

"I still believe that if we win our next two games then we go to Wolves (on the last day) with all to play for."


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