The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mark Wil­liams

TONY MOW­BRAY blasted his mis­fir­ing at­tack­ers as Coven­try City’s play-off chances were dealt a blow at Lon­don Road.

It is now one win in seven for the Sky Blues af­ter they squan­dered a cat­a­logue of glo­ri­ous chances against an op­por­tunis­tic Peter­bor­ough United – who them­selves now have an out­side op­por­tu­nity to gate-crash the end of sea­son party fol­low­ing two suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries.

City boss Mow­bray said:“We were scor­ing goals for fun at the start of the sea­son but we’re find­ing it tougher now.

“We sim­ply haven’t scored enough goals dur­ing the sec­ond half of the sea­son.You have to score goals if you want to win matches.

“We had some re­ally good chances and hit the post twice but we weren’t good enough in front of goal.

“We have to re­mem­ber we’re a good foot­balling side at this level and the play-offs are still in reach.”

Goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick was called into ac­tion as early as the eighth minute – tip­ping the ball over fol­low­ing a strong Joe Cole ef­fort inside the box.

And three min­utes later the same man did bril­liantly to push a clean­through Ja­cob Mur­phy strike onto the near post.

Posh were in danger of be­com­ing a one-man band when, in the 16th minute, Al­nwick again saved well from Mur­phy.

Time and time again City tore the home de­fence apart and, af­ter Mar­cAn­toine For­tune squirmed his way through, Andrew Fox des­per­ately cleared the striker’s shot off the line.

Be­fore the half-hour mark Al­nwick had to make two fur­ther fine saves from Sam Rick­etts and For­tune.

How­ever, on the stroke of half-time, the hosts some­how broke the dead­lock. Mar­cus Mad­di­son’s cor­ner found Michael Bost­wick at the far stick who di­rected his header into the cor­ner.

Sub­sti­tute Jodi Jones’ di­rect ap­proach af­ter the break was a bright spark for the visi­tors – who con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate.

But their lack of clin­i­cal abil­ity was their Achilles heel again as – on the break – United dou­bled their ad­van­tage on 62 min­utes. Mad­di­son cut the ball back for the on­rush­ing Lee An­gol, who side-footed the ball home.

Three min­utes later and Coven­try ex­e­cuted a car­bon copy to half the deficit, with ex-Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Cole fin­ish­ing ex­pertly from Mur­phy’s pin-point cross.

The des­ti­na­tion of the all-im­por­tant three points was con­firmed in the 69th minute. Shaq Coulthirst’s drive fell kindly to Beau­ty­man who drilled the ball home.

Posh man­ager Gra­ham West­ley said:“We won’t give up on the play-offs un­til it is math­e­mat­i­cally im­pos­si­ble.

“We will keep go­ing out there to win games and see where it takes us. “Our goal­keeper was far too busy in the first half but ev­ery­thing about us was bet­ter af­ter the break – our in­ten­sity and con­fi­dence.”

PIC­TURES: Si­mon Davies/ Pro Sport

BIG MO­MENT: Peter­bor­ough’s Michael Bost­wick puts his side ahead just be­fore the break

RIGHT AN­GOL: Posh for­ward Lee An­gol cel­e­brates


CK Peterbr


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