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MATCH REPORT:Peterborough United 3-1 Coventry City - Sky Blues lose out to the Posh at the ABAX Stadium

25 March 2016

City fall to defeat as Cole goal not enough to inspire comeback...

Coventry City suffered a 3-1 defeat to Peterborough United, as goals from Michael Bostwick, Lee Angol and Harry Beautyman sealed the points for the hosts.

Posh captain Michael Bostwick got the opening goal, heading in from a corner, before Lee Angol added a second. Joe Cole managed to get a goal back but Harry Beutyman's effort sealed the points for Peterborough.

They were two changes to the starting XI due to international call-ups for Adam Armstrong, James Maddison and Jack Stepehens. Thus, Romain Vincelot played at centre-half, with Gael Bigirimana coming in to partner John Fleck. Jacob Murphy moved into the No.10 role as Joe Cole and Andy Rose occupied the flanks. Marc-Antoine Fortune lead the line, as new signing Jodi Jones was on the bench.

Nine minutes had passed when the first real chance of the game was created. Gael Bigirimana collected the ball in the middle of the park, lifting it into Marc-Antoine Fortune down the right flank. The forward rolled back the years using his pace to get to the byline, before pulling it back for Joe Cole, whose shot was tipped over by Ben Alnwick.

The Sky Blues came close again to the opening goal in the 13th minute. Joe Cole whipped in a corner from the right and Andy Rose meet the ball with a firm header, which flew just wide of the bottom left.  Jacob Murphy was through on goal three minutes later,managing to turn his defender before shooting, but Alnwick saved well.

It was edge of the seat stuff from City as they looked like they could score every time they passed the halfway line, as Fortune was the latest to try his luck in the 19th minute. The forward was played in down the left of the area. He then cut back onto his right foot to shoot, beating the Posh keeper but not beating the defender who cleared off the line. 

The Posh had grown into the game come the 36th minute as Harry Beautyman ran into space near the box before unleashing a fierce shot, but Reice Charles-Cook was equal to it. Peterborough would have another chance to take the lead in the game from a set piece. The ball, delivered from a left-sided corner, found its way to skipper Michael Bostwick 10-yards out, but he mis-timed his kick as the ball ran under him and out for a throw.

 However, the Posh did however take the lead just before half-time as Bostwick made no mistake this time, heeding in at the back post from a right-sided corner.

New signing Jodi Jones came on for Rose at the restart and looked lively down the right. In the 50th minute, Jones collected the ball on the flank, cutting in and riffling a shot on his left, but it was deflected over the bar.

However, in the 61st minute, the Posh increased their lead to two goals thanks to substitute Lee Angol. Marcus Maddison, who had been a threat all game down the right, got to the byline and pulled it back for Angol, who placed it across Charles-Cook into the far corner.

Tony Mowbray’s men did almost get a goal back in the 62nd minute as Murphy hit the post. Once again Jones beat his man down the right and crossed in. The ball managed to find its way to Murphy, who shimmed his defender before running past him and striking a shot against the near post.

But the Sky Blues did get the goal they were looking for in the 65th minute as Cole scored. Murphy put his pace to excellent use speeding down the left-flank to the byline before pulling back for Cole in space in the area, to run onto and place underneath Alnwick into the net.

However, the Sky Blues' jubilation was short-lived as the posh restored their two goal led in the 68th minute. Beautyman placed the ball into the left corner after it had rebounded off the defender.

Towards the end of the game, in the 82nd minute, Alnwick made a good save to deny John Fleck. Jones was at the heart of the action for the Sky Blues again,as he played it into Fleck, who hit it from 20-yards. The shot looked destined to head into the top right, but alnwick pushed it away with one hand whilst diving to his right. 

Into the five minutes of added time, City continued to press but they could not find a goal, thus the match finished 3-1 to Peterborough as City remained in ninth.




Coventry City: Charles-Cook (GK), Ricketts (C), Martin, Vincelot, Lorentzson, Fleck, Bigirimana (Henderson 60), Rose (Jones 46), Cole, Murphy, Fortuné (Tudgay 75).

Subs: Addai (GK), Hunt, Phillips, Lameiras.

Peterborough: Alnwick (GK), Baldwin, Taylor (Angol 60), Bostwick (C), Oztumer (Coulthirst 39), Maddison, Santos, Beautyman (Gillett 76), Fox, Forrester, Williams.

Subs: Tyler (GK), Gillett, Nichols, Chettle, Nabi.

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