Last Updated: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:28
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson warned his players to cut out the basic errors if they want to turn their Wembley dream into reality.
Posh's poor defending proved costly as they surrendered a two-goal advantage against 10-man Swindon to draw 2-2 in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final first leg at London Road.
Ferguson's men produced a rip-roaring start to take command. Raphael Branco headed a 10th-minute Grant McCann corner into his own net before Kyle Vassell fired his first goal for the club.
But failings at the other end proved costly. Nile Ranger burst through an ineffective offside trap to halve Swindon's arrears before the visitors had Jay McEveley dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Britt Assombalonga 10 minutes before the break.
Yet the 10 men levelled courtesy of a calamitous own goal from Shaun Brisley, who sliced a Ben Gladwin cut-back into his own net in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time.
Ferguson said: "We couldn't have started any better but we gave away a couple of terrible goals and we can't keep having to score three times to win a game of football.
"We are making life really difficult for ourselves due to making far too many individual mistakes.
"Maybe it comes down to nerves or a lack of composure, but they have to be eradicated.
"It was quite a decent spectacle in the first half, but it became boring in the second half as the game petered out."
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