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Coventry City v Posh | Match Preview

Coventry provide the next task for Posh.

22 November 2018

Coventry City v Posh
Coventry City v Posh

Tom Lea looks ahead to Friday night's trip to the Ricoh Arena in Sky Bet League One action.

Peterborough United travel to the Ricoh Arena to take on Coventry City on Friday evening (7:45pm) in their latest Sky Bet League One encounter. 

Coventry have enjoyed a strong start to the season in League One, following on from their promotion from League Two last term. They currently sit in 9th place, level on points with Charlton Athletic, who currently occupy the final playoff place.

TEAM NEWS

The Posh once again have a full squad of players to choose from ahead of the game at Coventry, although boss Steve Evans has hinted that he will ‘freshen up’ the side that drew with Bradford at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday.

Former Posh striker, Jonson Clarke-Harris, could be in line to feature, having started the Sky Blues’ previous fixture against Burton Albion. He will, however, face stern competition from summer signings Conor Chaplin, Jordy Hiwula and Amadou Bakayoko for his place in the side.

MANAGER QUOTES

“It’s a great place to go, good people, I know the chairman Tim very well. Obviously I know Robbo the manager. He’s got an excellent squad of players who are rightfully a League One if not a Championship club, without a shadow of a doubt. So we have to be at our best to get anything from the game.” Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“They’ve won seven games away from home and they have some good players. We want to get back to winning ways and we want to win this one. They’ll try and press and I’ve watched them quite a bit, and they have a good blend.” Coventry manager Mark Robins, said.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are on sale until 12pm on the day of the match at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office. The game is not all-ticket. Over 900 tickets have been sold so far.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The referee for the match will be Anthony Backhouse.  He has taken charge of one Posh match so far this season, the 4-1 away win at Rochdale in August. Captain Alex Woodyard was the only Posh man cautioned that day. It will be his first Coventry game of the season, with his last game at the Ricoh being the Sky Blues’ 3-0 win over Notts County at the beginning of last season.

By Tom Lea

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Posh Pick Up Point

Coventry goal in stoppage time pegs back Posh.

23 November 2018

Ivan Toney in action against Coventry City Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ivan Toney in action against Coventry City

Posh pick up point at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night.

Peterborough United were pegged back in stoppage time at the Ricoh Arena as Ivan Toney’s superb goal was cancelled out by Conor Chaplin following a dramatic finish in Sky Bet League One on Friday evening.

Rhys Bennett saw an early header from a Joe Ward centre go over the crossbar as Steve Evans’ men made a fast start. Ivan Toney then saw a goal-bound effort from 25-yards hit the back of Matt Godden and loop up over the crossbar.

Marcus Maddison tested goalkeeper Burge from long-range on the quarter hour mark, but the keeper was up to the challenge and made a comfortable stop. Conor Chaplin sent a wild effort wide of the target moments later as the Sky Blues caught Posh on the counter attack.

Godden was denied by the body of Burge on 29 minutes after Toney’s cross-shot was well controlled by his strike partner. It was a tight angle for Godden but the keeper did well to smother. Tafazolli was cautioned for catching Clarke-Harris following an aerial duel on 33 minutes.

Maddison was denied by Burge routinely but moments later the keeper made an excellent stop to deny Godden whose low shot on the angle was somehow diverted around the post. From the resulting corner kick, Burge was at it again, thwarting Toney with an instinctive save as he came off his line.

Thomas wasted a good chance to break the deadlock on 48 minutes after benefitting from a poor refereeing decision as the official failed to spot a fairly blatant push on Woodyard, the Coventry winger skipped into the box, but fired well wide of the far post.

Woodyard was cautioned for a foul on 51 minutes as Coventry broke through a gap in the Posh midfield. Chapman was quick from his line to keep out Chaplin on 58 minutes after he had wriggled into the box and away from the already cautioned Woodyard.

Clarke-Harris fired over with his unfavoured right-foot on 64 minutes as City created a decent chance on the break. Toney put an ambitious free-kick over the bar from long-range and then fired wide with his left-foot from a rather improbable angle midway through the second period.

Posh made a change on 70 minutes with Dembele replacing Maddison and moments later Posh should have been ahead as a fine move concluded with a perfect cross from Denton onto the head of Toney but he planted his header wide from 10-yards.

Denton was at it again with decent service on 78 minutes but again it was met by a header that didn’t trouble the keeper, O’Hara’s header going wide of the target. Posh got their noses in front on 89 minutes as a poor back pass was intercepted by Cummings, his back heel picked out TONEY and he did the rest.

However, the lead didn’t last long, less than 60 seconds in fact as a long ball wasn’t dealt with and CHAPLIN was well placed to convert from close-range. Posh came close to retaking the lead deep into stoppage time from a long Ward throw but both sides were forced to settle for a point.

Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, Doyle, Chaplin, Hiwula (sub Jones 72min, sub Bakayoko 79min)), Brown, Hyam, Clarke-Harris, Bayliss, Thomas. Unused subs: Addai, Mason, Davies, Kelly, Ogogo.

Posh: Chapman, Naismith, Daniel, Woodyard, Tafazolli, O’Hara, Godden (sub Cummings 80min), Ward, Bennett, Toney, Maddison (sub Dembele 70min), Denton. Unused subs: Tyler, Walker, Reed, Cooper, Bassong.

Half-time: Coventry City 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Coventry City 1-1 Peterborough United
Attendance: 11,719

 

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