Darren Ferguson conceded that Peterborough United were ‘better in every department’ after seeing his new club outplayed by his old one.
“Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted,” said Ferguson.
“We spoke at length about the opposition and how we didn’t want the game to go, and the game went exactly how they would have wanted it to go.
“When it became like that they were always going to be favourites because the game got stretched and we didn’t keep the ball well enough.
“They’ve got a lot of pace in their team. Credit to them, they were good. In every department they were better than us.
“In any game the first goal’s always important but it was particularly so here.
“They’re very attack-minded, and I think if we get the first we can pick them off on the counter-attack. They get the first and it has the opposite effect.
“It was another set piece. That’s five set pieces we’ve lost this season, two in the last two games. That’s just not good enough.
“The third goal was a lucky goal. The deflection fell straight to the boy. You always say the next goal at 2-0 is the most important so when they got the third it was an uphill struggle.
“I changed the formation and went three at the back. It’s a formation that I know well and I like. But we didn’t keep the ball well enough, simple as that.
“It’s my second game and my first week in,” he added.
“We knew we had work to do, and all the things that I’ve seen so far is not going to change that. We know we’ve got a lot to work on. One thing in particular is looking after that football.”
“It was a disappointing day but credit to Peterborough, they were good.
“The players have been really good since I came in. Sometimes you get football where you have to hold your hands up and take your medicine.”