Millwall 1 - 5 Peterborough United

Match info: Championship at The Den

Date: 19/02/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: D Bond Att: 8,769

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Millwall

James Henry 13

1
vs
5

Peterboro

Lee Tomlin 7,55
Tommy Rowe 32
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 59
George Boyd 88

FT (ht: 1-2)

  • Last Updated: February 19 2013, 22:37 GMT

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson believes his side will survive in the npower Championship if they can replicate the performance that saw them win 5-1 at Millwall on Tuesday night.

Darren Ferguson: Pleased with his side's recent run
Darren Ferguson: Pleased with his side's recent run

A brace from Lee Tomlin, as well as goals from Tommy Rowe, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and George Boyd, sealed an emphatic win for Posh against FA Cup quarter-finalists Millwall, who had equalised through James Henry and had Shane Lowry sent off in the second half.

The win lifts Peterborough off the foot of the table and Ferguson reckons the performance is a blueprint to ensure his side can remain in the Championship come the end of the season.

"We are on a decent run at the moment," he said.

"We have got a lot of games (coming up), eight games in 25 days, and that is one of them out of the way.

"If we can play like that and defend as well as that I think we will be okay, I really do.

"I'm fully prepared, and I've told the players this, that I think it will go down to the last game. We are fully prepared for it and will meet it head-on.

"We will enjoy the challenge. We won't fail for commitment or mental approach to it and we will se where it takes us, if we have a performance like this and have that consistently you have got to have a right chance."

Boyd's goal came with just two minutes remaining but the 27-year-old had a blistering game and produced assists for three of the other Peterborough goals with Ferguson wary of any other teams watching and hopeful of signing his player.

"I thought he was rubbish," Ferguson joked.

"I have not played him wide for a long, long time. We obviously know he can do it and I felt tonight was a good opportunity. He made three and scored one but it was also a very good team performance."

Boyd came close to joining Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day before the deal fell through with Forest blaming a failed eye test.

Hull and Crystal Palace have been linked with a loan move for the forward but Ferguson intends to keep hold of him and does not feel the constant links with a move away have affected his performances.

"There is no situation at the moment in terms of he is our player," he said. "We had the whole shamble with the Forest thing and since then he has come back in, got his head down and is playing very well. He is a strong boy and it won't affect him mentally, whatever will be will be."

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett refused to blame the Lions' FA Cup run on their slip in league form.

Jackett's side have now failed to win in the Championship since New Year's Day but he does not believe there is a link between reaching the final eight of the FA Cup and dropping into the bottom half of the table.

"We had an awful lot of the ball right the way through the game and didn't do enough with it," he said.

"(We had) no cutting edge up front I didn't think and in terms of our defending we didn't have the awareness and Peterborough were capable of breaking from the first minute.

"We've lost five games on the trot now in our division and it seems to have run alongside a very good cup run.

"I don't think the two are connected, I just don't think that we had enough tonight to be honest."

The defeat leaves Millwall in 14th place , 10 points off the play-off places.


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