Even Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson acknowledges quality of Rotherham United display

Even Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson acknowledges quality of Rotherham United display

By Paul Davis | 29/12/2019

Even Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson acknowledges quality of Rotherham United display
Party time for the Millers. Pictures by Kerrie Beddows

RIVAL manager Darren Ferguson grudgingly hailed Rotherham United's performance after his team were destroyed by the rampant Millers this afternoon.

Ferguson's Peterborough United team arrived at AESSEAL New York Stadium above Paul Warne's men in the League One table.

But Posh were taken apart by the home side whose 4-0 victory moved them up to third spot, only a point away from second.

"They were superior in all departments," Ferguson said. "In every single department you could imagine they were far superior to us.​

"We were miles off it as a team. If it hadn't been for (centre-half) Mark Beevers it could have been a lot more.

"They had far too much for us. The big thing for me is to pass the ball. We weren't brave enough. We didn't get a first pass off and they kept pressing us.​

Richard Wood opens the scoring

"Credit to them, they have dominated the game. The manner and way in which we have lost the game is very, very disappointing.​ Their set-pieces caused us a real problem."

Rotherham boss Paul Warne refused to get carried away after a Richard Wood header, two own goals and a superb Kyle Vassell overhead kicked had given the Millers their second win in succession over the festive period.

"I'm not getting too giddy with the table as it's very close. I think there will be loads and loads of changes between now and the end of the season," Warne said.

"Hopefully we should be there or thereabouts. I'm just more pleased about how we played.​ We were a bit more like us and it was more of a Rotherham performance. ​

"I thought in the first half we played okay but turned down opportunities to cross it. In the second half we asked more of their back four.​ We got a bit of luck here and there but to win is nice. ​

"It was more about the fact that we played really well and played the way we wanted to play. I think we will get confidence from that. ​

"Even if we hadn't won, it just felt more like my team. It was my favourite performance of the season but not because of the scoreline."

Both teams finished the contest with ten men after sendings-off for Posh's Frankie Kent and the Millers' Joe Mattock.