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Peterborough United 3-1 Coventry City

Michael Bostwick's late first-half headed opener put Posh on the way to victory at London Road
Michael Bostwick's late first-half headed opener put Posh on the way to victory at London Road

Peterborough won at home in League One for the first time since Boxing Day as they avoided an unwanted club record.

Facing a potential sixth straight home league defeat, Posh were kept in it before the break by keeper Ben Alnwick.

But Michael Bostwick's far-post header broke the deadlock on 45 minutes.

Lee Angol then scuffed in a second after being set up by Marcus Maddison and, although Joe Cole pulled one back for City, Harry Beautyman latched onto a poor clearance to make the game safe.

Coventry's eighth defeat in 12 games leaves them in ninth place, still just three points shy of the League One play-off places.

That is only five points better off than 14th-placed Posh, who recorded only their third win in 15 league and cup games.

After being outplayed in the first half, Alnwick repeatedly came to their rescue with seven fine saves, chiefly from Jacob Murphy, who also hit the post after the break.

But, when Bostwick peeled off at the far post to meet Maddison's inswinging right-wing corner, the game changed.

Posh got the second on 61 minutes when Maddison pulled back for Angol to half-hit a shot with his right instep which trickled over the line.

After Murphy had hit the post, he then ran 60 yards down the left to set up 34-year-old Cole, who steered home from 12 yards on 65 minutes.

But, just four minutes later, Romain Vincelot failed to clear his lines and Beautyman pounced to fire home low, right-footed from 12 yards.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm disappointed with the goals. It's not like us. But it shouldn't have really mattered, because of the opportunities we had.

"That's the harshness of football. We didn't take our chances, then shot ourselves in the foot a little bit conceding the goals.

"Put it in context to where we were last year, surviving on the last day of the season, then we've got to take the positives."

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1Alnwick
  • 6Baldwin
  • 8Bostwick
  • 12Almeida Santos
  • 18FoxBooked at 88mins
  • 7TaylorSubstituted forAngolat 56'minutes
  • 16BeautymanSubstituted forGillettat 77'minutes
  • 33Forrester
  • 11Maddison
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forCoulthirstat 39'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 41Williams

Substitutes

  • 14Tyler
  • 17Gillett
  • 21Nichols
  • 24Angol
  • 39Coulthirst
  • 40Chettle
  • 42Nabi

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 12Lorentzson
  • 4Vincelot
  • 21Martin
  • 18RickettsBooked at 90mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 19BigirimanaSubstituted forHendersonat 61'minutes
  • 16RoseSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
  • 25Murphy
  • 14Cole
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forTudgayat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lameiras
  • 17Phillips
  • 20Tudgay
  • 42Hunt
  • 43Addai
  • 44Henderson
  • 45Jones
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
6,021

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away22
Shots on Target
Home6
Away13
Corners
Home9
Away10
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 3, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 3, Coventry City 1.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Lee Angol.

Booking

Shaquile Coulthirst (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Coventry City).

Hand ball by Lee Angol (Peterborough United).

Aaron Williams (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Lorentzson (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Andrew Fox (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Fox (Peterborough United).

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Andrew Fox (Peterborough United).

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Joe Cole (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Williams (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt saved. Joe Cole (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Aaron Williams (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Lee Angol (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Simon Gillett replaces Harry Beautyman because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marcus Tudgay replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné because of an injury.

Delay in match Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Foul by Lee Angol (Peterborough United).

(Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 3, Coventry City 1. Harry Beautyman (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton37235950311974
2Wigan381914564352971
3Walsall371911757381968
4Gillingham371891064442063
5Millwall371881158431562
6Barnsley381851559481159
7Bradford371610114338558
8Rochdale38169135549657
9Coventry3815111259431656
10Port Vale391511134546-156
11Sheff Utd381510135550555
12Southend381510135049155
13Scunthorpe381411134343053
14Peterborough38156176561451
15Swindon37148155657-150
16Bury381311144861-1350
17Shrewsbury381210164757-1046
18Chesterfield37126194859-1142
19Fleetwood371010174348-540
20Blackpool39109203650-1439
21Oldham36716133650-1437
22Doncaster38910193955-1637
23Colchester38710215087-3731
24Crewe38612204068-2830
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