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

A WIN­NING goal wor­thy of the grand­est stage was how Tony Mow­bray’s de­scribed Adam Arm­strong’s late strike to cap off a thrilling sec­ond-half fightback.

For the sec­ond sea­son in a row Coven­try came from two goals down at half-time to win 3-2 against Peter­bor­ough, and their 18-yearold striker was the hero af­ter he bril­liantly turned past Ri­cardo San­tos and slot­ted be­yond Ben Al­nwick.

Arm­strong’s ef­fort was the sec­ond fine strike of the game af­ter Erhun Oz­tumer had fol­lowed up Jer­maine An­der­son’s opener with a dev­il­ish 25-yard ef­fort.

But Ro­main Vincelot’s sec­ond goal in as many games, fol­lowed by Arm­strong’s ninth and tenth goals of the sea­son af­ter a dip in form, pre­served high-fly­ing Coven­try’s un­beaten home run this sea­son.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mow­bray, who rested Joe Cole, said: “We al­ways knew it was go­ing to be an open game. I thought we were un­for­tu­nate to be 2-0 down at half-time.

“Sec­ond-half what can I say? I’m de­lighted for the fans to see the play­ers show that fight.

“Adam’s sec­ond goal – any player in the world who scored a goal like that we would be eu­lo­gis­ing about it.

“We are not sur­prised hav­ing watched him all sea­son. I’m de­lighted for him. Strik­ers can get a bit moody when they do not score but this will give him a huge lift.

“I was frus­trated in the first-half be­cause he played too high. I wanted him to play as a No.10. But thank­fully we got the job done.”

Posh took the lead when Conor Wash­ing­ton ran down the left and squared it for An­der­son ten yards out.

Arm­strong then struck the post be­fore Oz­tumer smashed home a 25-yard shot which ap­peared to de­ceive Re­ice Charles Cook in the air.

Mow­bray threw on Jim O’Brien and Ryan Kent for the sec­ond-half and the hosts pulled a goal back when John Fleck’s 30-yard ef­fort bounced off the post and Vincelot re­acted quick­est.

Wash­ing­ton was de­nied by the goal­keeper when through on goal, but New­cas­tle loa­nee Arm­strong – who had ear­lier seen an­other ef­fort saved – struck when Ja­cob Mur­phy burst past San­tos and squared it to him in­side the area.

And with three min­utes left the striker’s au­dac­ity com­pleted the come­back.

Peter­bor­ough man­ager Gra­ham West­ley be­lieved the sub­sti­tu­tion of de­fen­sive mid­fielder Chris For­rester, who came off due to ill­ness, was a turn­ing point in the match.

He said:“The referee said to me at the end, ‘you’ll play a lot, lot worse and win games’. And he’s right. I thought the boys gave so much to the game. In the first-half they were bril­liant with the foot­ball.

“We worked it so well from the back through the thirds of the pitch – ex­hil­a­rat­ing stuff. But af­ter half-time the change al­tered the way we played – For­rester gives us so much in there.

“Fair play to them, they made their changes and brought on pace, width and got at us.”

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Coven­try ONE TO WATCH: Adam Arm­strong scores his late goal, in­set above

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