Darren Ferguson explains Peterborough United keeper switch

Joe Lewis
Lewis played 54 times last season before suffering a knee injury during the play-offs

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has said goalkeeper Paul Jones "needed a rest" from first-team action.

The former Exeter shot-stopper was dropped from the starting XI for Saturday's defeat by Barnsley, with Joe Lewis coming into the side.

Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "Paul's done well and hasn't let us down, but he needed a rest.

"There's no way any player can play every week at this level and mentally he needed rest."

Jones had started every game for Posh so far this season prior to Saturday's match at London Road, with Lewis having to bide his time on the bench.

Lewis underwent surgery over the summer after suffering a serious knee injury during the League One play-offs.

Posh have not conceded four goals in a game prior to Saturday's defeat since returning to the Championship, but Ferguson does not believe that Lewis was to blame.

"I feel for Joe a bit as people might be pointing the finger at him but there's nothing he could really do about the goals," he said.