Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson hailed match-winner George Boyd after seeing his side continue their bid for promotion with a 3-0 home win over Exeter.

Boyd grabbed two goals and laid on the other for Craig Mackail-Smith less than 48 hours after becoming a father for the first time.

Ferguson said: "Everyone is pleased for George with the arrival of his little girl and he certainly celebrated in some style. His couple of goals were really important in a tough game. He linked up well with Craig for the second of them and then returned the compliment for Craig to get our third."

He added: "I have to be happy with a 3-0 result after a thoroughly professional and disciplined display with keeping a clean sheet especially pleasing.

"We have looked a lot more solid defensively of late and that is a real plus as the games come thick and fast, but when winning we just want them to keep coming."

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale insisted the scoreline did not fairly reflect the match and was reluctant to criticise his players.

Tisdale said: "We did a better job than the scoreline might suggest against a very good team.

"Peterborough are prolific in the last third of the pitch and we were defending well with players behind the ball only for a shot to take a wicked deflection.

"Even then I thought we had a really good chance of getting level before they scored a second.

"Even when we went three down I didn't feel it was a true reflection. Our job is to keep our confidence up and stick to our football."

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