The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

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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