Darren Ferguson praised the determination of his Peterborough team after they had survived the sending off of defender Mark Little to take a point at relegation-threatened Bristol Rovers.

Little was dismissed in first-half injury time for a foul on Rovers player-manager Stuart Campbell, his second caution within the space of three minutes. But Posh battled hard for their draw, and Ferguson said: "The effort and commitment we put in with 10 men was fantastic. We were right on top in the first half, and to lose a player at the end of it was disappointing."

He added: "For the first booking, Mark has won the ball. I was further away from the second incident, but perhaps he should have thought twice about making the challenge, having just been cautioned.

"We gave away poor goals, which could have been avoided. But in the end, we could have won because Craig Mackail-Smith had a wonderful chance and he normally sticks those away.

"I keep on saying that the automatic promotion battle will go right down to the wire, and nothing changes my mind.

"I'm pleased with our form, and really looking forward to the run-in."

Rovers took a sixth-minute lead through Jo Kuffour's shot on the turn, but Peterborough equalised on 22 minutes when Byron Anthony headed a George Boyd cross past his own goalkeeper.

Boyd shot the visitors ahead from a Mackail-Smith pass after 52 minutes, only for Jeff Hughes to head Rovers level four minutes later from Harry Pell's measured chip.

Rovers' player-boss Campbell said: "The lads are down in the dressing room because we didn't win against 10 men. But we showed character to come back from 2-1 down and create two or three more good chances.

"During my time at the club, we have never played well against 10 men, and you could see why Peterborough are where they are in the table. Mackail-Smith does the work of two men up front, and they have some other talented players. I thought we dealt with them well and I still believe we have what it takes to survive in this division."

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