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Coventry City 3-2 Peterborough United

Frank Nouble
Frank Nouble netted the winner for Coventry

Coventry City come back from two down at half-time to stun second-place Peterborough in a five-goal thriller.

Posh looked well set when Marcus Maddison teed up Jon Taylor for a well-taken first before threading in a 35-yard free-kick for the second.

But Ryan Haynes' excellent right-foot curler gave City hope.

Jim O'Brien then drilled in an equaliser before Frank Nouble's deflected 18-yard shot looped in over stranded keeper Ben Alnwick.

City had not won in eight League One matches - since the end of their first week back in Coventry at the start of September - and it looked like another defeat was on the cards at the break.

Posh were ahead on 17 minutes when Taylor accepted a neat pass from Maddison before drilling a shot low into keeper Lee Burge's bottom right corner.

Maddison then added a second 11 minutes later with a long-range free-kick which bamboozled Burge.

The return of Nouble
Frank Nouble had missed City's last six matches through injury, while skipper Reda Johnson had been out seven games. Coventry manager Steven Pressley admitted before the game it would be a risk to play them, but the gamble paid off.

But the Sky Blues were handed a lifeline four minutes after the break when Fleck spotted Haynes to his left on the overlap - and the young left-back picked his spot with a lovely curling shot inside the Posh keeper's left upright.

Having registered his first goal for the club, Haynes was then matched by O'Brien who did the same to equalise on 62 minutes.

Simeon Jackson set up Haynes, who crossed from the left corner of the box, Fleck cutely flicked on and O'Brien arrived at the far post to crash home.

Two minutes later, Nouble then brought the house down with the winner.

Maddison finds his mark
Peterborough midfielder Marcus Maddison has now scored four goals in five games - and three of them have been Cristiano Ronaldo-style 35-yard free kicks.

The fit-again centre forward embarked on a solo run into the box and his low right-foot shot went over keeper Alnwick.

His shirtless celebration earned him a booking - but it only slightly marred a first league win since 13 September for relieved Coventry boss Steven Pressley.

Peterborough, meanwhile, have now earned back-to-back defeats and drop to fourth in the standings.

Coventry manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm very proud of the boys. I don't think we deserved to be 2-0 down at half-time and, after the run we've been on, it would have been very easy to go under.

"But it was just another reminder that football matches can change very quickly.

"It was a big result, but I'm still well aware of just how much hard work we have ahead of us. This was just the first of thousands of steps that this club has to take.

"I had a belief that we could turn it round at half time. And I'm a great believer that, in football as in life, you only get out what you put in."

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"It was certainly a game of two halves. And, to be 2-0 up at half time, and I have to say, looking extremely comfortable, we've given the game away.

"As the manager, I take full responsibility, but the players now owe me big time.

"There's always a passage of play in any game when the opposition have a period of dominance, but you have to see it through and, when they scored, it got them back into it.

"But it was our poor passing that gave them the chances, it gave them confidence and then they scored two in three minutes."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2Willis
  • 5JohnsonBooked at 27mins
  • 25Hines
  • 26Haynes
  • 6ThomasBooked at 51mins
  • 16Barton
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forFinchat 90'minutes
  • 7Fleck
  • 9McQuoidSubstituted forJacksonat 62'minutes
  • 19NoubleBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 12Jackson
  • 15Miller
  • 18Phillips
  • 23Allsop
  • 27Finch
  • 36Maddison

Peterborough

  • 27Alnwick
  • 25ZakuaniSubstituted forOztumerat 74'minutes
  • 6Bostwick
  • 21Burgess
  • 2Smith
  • 15Anderson
  • 8PayneBooked at 74mins
  • 30Maddison
  • 17Newell
  • 7TaylorSubstituted forJamesat 66'minutes
  • 14WashingtonSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9James
  • 10Oztumer
  • 18Ferdinand
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 20McEvoy
  • 22Almeida Santos
  • 32Grant
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
8,957

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 3, Peterborough United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Peterborough United 2.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Adam Barton.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jack Finch replaces Jim O'Brien.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Peterborough United).

Frank Nouble (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Sebastian Hines.

Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Coventry City).

Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry City).

Erhun Oztumer (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay in match John Fleck (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Joe Newell (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Sebastian Hines.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Erhun Oztumer replaces Gabriel Zakuani.

Booking

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

Foul by Frank Nouble (Coventry City).

Jermaine Anderson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Conor Washington.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Luke James replaces Jon Taylor.

Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry City).

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Frank Nouble (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 3, Peterborough United 2. Frank Nouble (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 2, Peterborough United 2. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by John Fleck.

Hand ball by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Simeon Jackson replaces Josh McQuoid.

Attempt saved. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

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2Preston1384126131328
3Notts County147522112926
4Peterborough158252417726
5Sheff Utd148242218426
6Oldham156722317625
7MK Dons1373327151224
8Rochdale1472526151123
9Swindon1365227171023
10Chesterfield145452321219
11Fleetwood155461716119
12Bradford155461920-119
13Crawley155371424-1018
14Colchester154562122-117
15Barnsley144462224-216
16Port Vale154472023-316
17Coventry154471825-716
18Leyton Orient143651518-315
19Walsall153661215-315
20Doncaster134361220-815
21Gillingham153571421-714
22Yeovil153481226-1413
23Crewe1541101231-1913
24Scunthorpe153391729-1212
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