TURGOTT IS TOO GOOD FOR POSH
TONY Mowbray admitted he had questioned Blair Turgott’s desire to be a professional footballer just a few days before his winning goal for Coventry City.
Turgott finished from a tight angle in just his second appearance for the Sky Blues after pouncing on a loose ball inside the penalty area.
The turnaround in fortunes for former West Ham man Turgott came just a week after the 20year-old had told his new manager he was too sick to play a reserve team match without being seen by the club doctor.
Coventry boss Mowbray said: “We had a long chat at the start of the week. He was asking if he was going to get his chance.
“I questioned his desire to play. I asked how much does he want to be a footballer? He should want to impress me.
“But he’s done really well and scored the winner.”
Mowbray was also extremely pleased that his side made it three away wins in a row and pushed away from the relegation places.
He added: “I’m delighted with the result. Both teams were as bad as each other, but we were in a situation where we needed to win.
“It was a blustery wind and a bobbly pitch. The plan was to keep it one touch then wait for the chance when it comes.
“I’ve seen Peterborough do the same recently.
“We know we have to be better going forward but the confidence comes back when the fear of going down is over. For that, we have to win two or three more matches.”
A drab first half resulted in little more than a couple of off-target snap shots from Coventry striker Dominic Samuel who had scored in his previous two matches.
The second 45 minutes was a little livelier. Peterborough skipper Jack Payne hit the side-netting from an angle and Posh’s Luke Williams, who replaced Conor Washington at half-time, forced a save from Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge.
With quality lacking, the winning goal came from a combination of two Coventry substitutes.
Sanmi Odelusi turned away from Posh centre-half Christian Burgess before striking a shot from 20 yards which hit Burgess’ defensive partner Shaun Brisley.
The ball spun to the right-hand side of the area where Turgott pounced to fire across goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.
Odelusi then appeared to be tripped inside the area by Brisley – certainly Mowbray thought it was a clear penalty - but it did not matter as the home side struggled to fashion any more opportunities.
The defeat was the first at the ABAX for Peterborough interim manager Dave Robertson and pushed his team outside the playoffs
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. They were fortunate with their deflection and we did not take our chances.We out-shot them and out-crossed them. We have had a right go but it’s not fallen our way,” he said.
“There are seven games left and if we stay positive we will be successful.
“We need to be more instinctive sometimes and not try to score the perfect goal. I do not want the players to take two touches before. If you’re in the area anything can happen. I expect strikers and winger to be in the box, causing problems.”
Posh signed three loan players on Thursday in Williams, Alan Sheehan and James Pearson.
And Williams’ second-half display left his manager with something positive to take from the game.
Robertson added: “It was a great performance and he gave us a new dimension. He was exceptional and forced a couple of great saves. There is good competition for places with the squad strengthened.”
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BLAIR JOY: Blair Turgott celebrates after scoring