English FA Cup

January 5, 2013

Full-time

Peterborough

0 - 3

Norwich

English FA Cup

15:00 +00:00, January 5, 2013

London Road Ground, England

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Ferguson furious after hammering

Fuming Peterborough manger Darren Ferguson apologised to his side's fans after they slumped to a 3-0 home defeat by Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup.

He said: "We've got our largest crowd of the season and I have to apologise to my own supporters for that performance because we're at home in a cup game which my players, for whatever reason, turned into a pre-season game.

"I'm quite glad it's taken me a while to talk to the press, and I haven't had a meeting with the players yet, because sometimes you can say things you might end up regretting. It was a shocking performance. If you've got your first proper tackle after 65 minutes in a cup tie then you're going to lose.

"I can accept people playing badly but the most disappointing thing for me was Norwich looked like they wanted it more, and they were the ones that made a lot of changes. I know what I'm going to say to the players. They'll expect me to pick them up again and perhaps they're starting to take that for granted.

"When you go on a good run and then you've got a cup match and it's a home tie, you think it could be another step towards improving in the season. Now we've seen what we've seen today, and it's the easiest game Norwich will have all season. All of a sudden you're back on the back foot, and you've got to go to a hard game like Forest.

"I gave my players two days off so there's no excuses whatsoever. I'm as frustrated as I've been for a while because I didn't see that performance coming. They've definitely let the fans down but I think the players have let me down today and they're going to have to give me a response, simple as that.''

Norwich manager Chris Hughton hailed the attitude of his players, with Declan Rudd's only save coming in the final minutes of the match.

He said: "Our approach to the game was very good, very professional from the first minute, but of course you need to score goals to give yourself a bit more of a comfortable time.

"I think probably the pivotal time was at half-time because if they get a goal back then it could be a tough afternoon but I thought we were very professional from first to last minute.''

Snodgrass, one of only three players retained from the loss to West Ham, was the star of the show, setting up the first goal before applying a clinical finish to a second-half break.

Hughton added: "He's a good player. I made the decision to make some changes. Robert's one that I know can play games, he's a fit lad. I think he just showed the form that he's been showing for us.

"He's been playing consistently and has been adding some goals to his game and assists. But I thought he was part of a really good all-round team performance today.''

Scoring Summary

Peterborough United Norwich City
 Elliott Bennett (30')
 Simeon Jackson (41')
 Robert Snodgrass (70')