Three and easy for Posh on own turf

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jonathan Green To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

PETER­BOR­OUGH may hold a seven-point lead for the fi­nal play-off spot af­ter vic­tory over Coven­try, but Dar­ren Fer­gu­son in­sists they are tak­ing noth­ing for granted.

Kgosi Ntlhe’s third goal of the sea­son proved to be the dif­fer­ence as Coven­try were left to rue a se­ries of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Peter­bor­ough have now won their last three home games with clean sheets in all and Fer­gu­son be­lieves Posh’s con­fi­dence at home will be cru­cial should they se­cure sixth place.

“For the first 30 min­utes I thought we were out­stand­ing,” Fer­gu­son said.“Our tempo and our en­ergy was very good and it was a pity we couldn’t get an­other goal to make things more com­fort­able.

“It’s all about win­ning games at this time in the sea­son. I don’t think we’ve ground out enough wins and we have man­aged to do so against a good team.

“We’ve put our­selves in a good po­si­tion with four games to go. We’re not there yet and we’re not tak­ing any­thing for granted but the key now is to take this mo­men­tum and con­fi­dence into the play-offs if we get there.”

Peter­bor­ough flew out of the traps and were ahead in­side six min­utes, Ntlhe head­ing home Danny Swan­son’s cor­ner.

Posh’s pace and move­ment were caus­ing the Coven­try de­fence nu­mer­ous prob­lems and Jack Payne sent a dip­ping 25- yard vol­ley nar­rowly wide. But the vis­i­tors grew into the game with Nathan Ec­cle­ston forc­ing Bobby Ole­jnik into a smart save be­fore Cyrus Christie headed wide from six yards from Mark Mar­shall’s free-kick.

Ec­cle­ston missed a glo­ri­ous chance to equalise on 55 min­utes when he blasted wide from ten yards while, at the other end, Joe Mur­phy tipped Josh McQuoid’s curl­ing shot wide.

Cal­lum Wil­son al­most snatched an equaliser with 15 min­utes re­main­ing fol­low­ing hes­i­ta­tion by Ole­jnik but Posh’s de­fence re­cov­ered.

And Coven­try boss Steven Press­ley felt his side had been de­serv­ing of at least a point.

“I’m strug­gling to fig­ure out how we didn’t get some­thing from the game,” Press­ley said.

“They scored early on and I think our con­fi­dence took a dent from that. Af­ter 20 min­utes we started to get con­trol of the game and for the re­main­der of the half we were very much the dom­i­nant force and sec­ond half we penned them in.

“We had three or four un­be­liev­able chances to get a goal and un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t do so.

“I’ve seen a lot of good signs for 70 min­utes. Over the en­tire game, Joe Mur­phy has one save to make in the sec­ond half.”

STAR MAN MARK LIT­TLE Peterbo

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