Sunday, December 18, 2011

Posh grind out a win

Yesterday Peterborough took on bottom side Coventry City in the Championship and got their first clean sheet of the season, it wasn't all good news though, although after a run of bad results it was pretty critical that Posh got the three points.

The first 20 minutes were not a typical performance by Posh with both sides looking reluctant to go forward and a Lee Tomlin shot that went wide being the only chance either side got in this period of play.

For the rest of the first half the better chances went to Coventry, who despite having the chances never really looked like scoring. Lukas Jutkiewicz and Cyrus Christie both had good chances for the Sky Blues, but they definitely lacked a bit of bite at the end and the target man Clive Platt looked like a poor man's Emile Heskey, he really was that bad. Peterborough meanwhile lacked a creative spark and with the absence of Grant McCann, who is injured, Emile Sinclair failed to get much service and when he did he showed a poor first touch.

The second half was quite a different matter fortunately and Peterborough looked a lot more creative and domineering going forward. This was helped by Paul Talylor coming on for Lee Frecklington on 47 minutes. Everybody was wondering why Taylor hadn't started and his introduction really did make a huge difference. The team was transformed and Posh started to create chance after chance most of them being created by Taylor. Finally Peterborough made the break through on 66 minutes when Taylor squared the ball to Sinclair who fired home to put Posh one up. Sinclair could have been 2 up when Sinclair had another gilt edged chance but it wasn't to be. Posh continued to push for a second, but Coventry were far from out of the game and towards the end could have easily equalised Bell, Wood and Christie all came close in the last couple of minutes and in the last minute our hearts were well and truly in our mouths when Gary Gardner hit the post and on the 3rd minute of stoppage time Jutkiewicz was cleared off the line by Gabriel Zakuani.

Posh held on to get the points, but Lee Tomlin joined the injury list which includes Grant McCann and it could be a worry, as the midfield attacking positions have been what have helped Posh get goals this season. Despite a clean sheet and some great performances in defence by Gabriel Zakuani and Ryan Bennett; and Joe Lewis being back to top form in the Posh nets, they going to have to be more resilient against the better clubs in the division.

The picture at the top shows Sinclair scoring the winner for Posh.

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