Ferguson fights back after victory against Posh

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Darren Ferguson made a triumphant return to London Road to claim his first victory as Preston manager but reacted angrily to pre-match criticism from Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony.

MacAnthony accused Ferguson of unsettling Posh players since leaving the club and this grabbed the limelight from the events on the pitch. Ferguson felt a need to defend himself after Preston's 1-0 win and refuted the allegations.

"I'm not happy about what was said and have to defend myself against allegations of tapping up the Peterborough players and other items," said Ferguson.

Ferguson, who guided Posh to two successive promotions, made an acrimonious exit in November, received a good reception from home fans.

Ferguson added: "I got the club into the Championship for the second time in 75 years and we should just leave it like that. It seems like they're trying to ruin my reputation. I wish I didn't have to talk about those comments but I'm sure people appreciate my need to give my reaction.

"It's obviously nice to get my first win as Preston manager. It's always important to get the first one on the board. I hope Posh stay up for the fans, the players and their manager Mark Cooper, but it will be hard for them."

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