Peterborough United boss in 'no panic' over form

Darren Ferguson
Ferguson's side were promoted to the Championship after winning the League One play-offs

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has insisted he is not concerned about his side's form after a third straight league defeat.

Posh had taken 19 points from their first 12 Championship games this term.

But Tuesday's 2-1 reverse at leaders Southampton was their third loss within 10 days.

"There's no panic. We've got 19 points on the table but we feel we should have at least six more," Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"It's a third of the way through the league, so if we did that two more times we'd end up with 57 and probably end up in the top 12.

"I think we're going OK. It was always going to be a case this season that you might go through two or three defeats."

Posh played most of the game at St Mary's with 10 men following midfielder Lee Frecklington's 35th-minute dismissal for a second booking.

But Ferguson was impressed with how his side made the final stages difficult for the Saints through Emile Sinclair's late strike.

"It's important we stick together and I don't see any better evidence of us doing that than what I saw in the second half," said the Scot.

"Maybe away from home we should let teams play in front of us and hit them on the break, because it worked.

"But it's easier said than done when you've got 10 men and you've got no choice."