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Posh v Coventry City | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s clash with Coventry City.

26 October 2019

League leaders Peterborough United face fourth placed Coventry City at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Peterborough United welcome Coventry City to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in Sky Bet League One action with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to make it six wins in a row in front of their own supporters in the league and seventh in all competitions.

City will provide a stern test for Ferguson’s men though, they arrive in fourth place in the league table following a midweek 2-1 victory over Fleetwood Town. Coventry currently play their home games at Birmingham City’s stadium so all fixtures are technically away from home.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are expected to name an unchanged starting line-up for the clash with no injury worries to content with. Siriki Dembele is pushing for a start after a goal from the substitutes bench against Accrington Stanley in midweek.

Coventry have been without the services of former Posh striker Matt Godden due to injury in the last two games, but he could return to the squad. Godden has skippered the Coventry side in recent weeks too. Fellow front man Jordy Hiwula is also a doubt after coming off at half-time during their win in midweek.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Coventry are a good side, you only have to look at the league table for that, they sit fourth and they can draw level with ourselves with a win. They have good attacking players, are lively on the counter attack and have scored a few goals at difficult places to visit like Oxford United. We know that we have had a good start to the week with six points, but we want to finish it off with a victory, then it would be a great week,” Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“They’ve got themselves to the top of the division and I think that’s going to change plenty over the remainder of the season, but they’ve got themselves on top and they ’ll be looking to hammer that home. They’re a good side, Darren’s sides are always entertaining and always score goals and they’re no different this season and we have to go and find a way of imposing our game on them, it’s no different.

“Away from home against the top of the league we should have some confidence from the other night and go into this game with the belief that we can take three points. I think we have to go and try and impose our game.

“Clearly, they’ve got threats all over the pitch, they’ve made some really good acquisitions over the summer and they’re firing, but again they’ve lost some games as well, so you have to focus on that.

“There’s nobody in the division who’s unbeatable and I think it’s a game we should look forward to definitely,” Mark Robins said this week.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets for the game are available at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the Weston Homes Stadium Ticket Office. Coventry have sold 1,300 tickets and have been allocated the Motorpoint Stand for his fixture.

FAN ZONE

Due to the predicted poor weather, the club have closed the fan zone for this game. Peter’s Burrow will be open in the concourse of the BGL Stand, where entertainment will also be provided via the Salvation Army.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Alan Young.

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Match Reports

Last Gasp Eisa Strike Earns Posh Point

Mo Eisa scored a stoppage time equaliser to earn Posh a point.

26 October 2019

Mo Eisa scores the equalising goal against Coventry Ctiy Joe Dent / theposh.com
Mo Eisa scores the equalising goal against Coventry Ctiy

Striker Mo Eisa netted his 11th goal of the campaign to earn Peterborough United a 2-2 draw against Coventry City.

“You wouldn’t want that ball to drop to anyone else on that pitch than Mo Eisa”, was the opening statement from boss Darren Ferguson and he was right, one of the best finishers that Fergie has worked with stroked home a 95th minute equaliser to earn Posh a 2-2 draw from a pulsating encounter with Coventry City.

Goalkeeper Christy Pym was called into action inside the opening two minutes as he kept out Callum O’Hara who had burst into the box following a won tackle against Mark Beevers. Ivan Toney was close at the other end as he raced onto a clever Maddison pass, but on the stretch, he couldn’t keep his effort on target.

Zain Westbrooke curled a free-kick straight into the face of Ivan Toney on five minutes after Kent had been penalised for a foul on the edge of the box. Maddison was kept out by a fine sprawling save from Marosi on seven minutes before Mark Beevers header from a corner was diverted over his own bar by Biamou.

On 11 minutes, the visitors got their noses in front against the run of play as the ball ran kindly for striker BAKAYOKO who took a touch before curling the ball past Pym and into the back of the net. Sam McCallum was cautioned for a shirt tug on Maddison on 13 minutes as he tried to advance down the right.

Niall Mason was cautioned on 20 minutes for a foul as the Posh frustration began to grow in the driving rain at the Weston Homes Stadium. Maddison fired wide of the near post after advancing down the right from a good cross-field pass by Blake-Tracy who moments later was cautioned for a foul on this near side.

Posh made a change on 23 minutes with Siriki Dembele replacing Blake-Tracy with Darren Ferguson implementing a rather bold change of system. Toney hooked a volley over the top from a Maddison delivery moments later before Maddison saw a free-kick strike the wall.

Biamou fired wide after somehow getting in behind from a huge punt downfield as Posh were all at sea at the back. Coventry had the ball in the net again on 40 minutes as Bakayoko dived in but the referee ruled it out for a foul on Beevers.

Dabo was booked for a foul on Mason on 42 minutes by referee Mr Young with Marosi tested moments later, keeping out a half volley from Boyd. Posh levelled the scores on 51 minutes as Marcus MADDISON kept his cool from the spot to send Marosi the wrong way after Toney was upended in the box by McFadzean, who was booked.

Toney saw a downward header blocked from a Maddison corner kick on 55 minutes before Josh Knight was cautioned for a foul. Pym did well to keep out an acrobatic Biamou effort on 62 minutes following a well-worked Sky Blues free-kick.

Goalkeeper Marosi made a smart stop to keep out a skidding effort from Toney on 65 minutes after good link-up play from Eisa. Biamou squandered a fine chance to put the visitors back in front moments later but he fired wide of Pym’s goal from 12-yards. On 85 minutes, the visitors got themselves in front following an acrobatic volley from BIAMOU.

Ward sent a side-footed volley over the crossbar from only a half-cleared Coventry clearance as Posh pushed for a second leveller. Ward saw a shot blocked before Toney’s glancing header was superbly tipped over by goalkeeper Marosi.

Deep into stoppage time, in fact the last play of the game, Posh got themselves a point and what a composed finish from Mo EISA for his 11th goal of the campaign, takes a touch and curls it into the corner.

Posh: Pym, Beevers, Kent, Eisa, Knight, Maddison, Reed (sub Ward 78min), Toney, Blake-Tracy (sub Dembele 23min), Boyd, Mason (sub Butler 65min). Unused subs: Chapman, Thompson, Tasdemir, Kanu.

Coventry: Marosi, Rose, McFadzean, Kelly, Biamou, Hyam, O’Hare, Bakayoko (sub Shipley 77min), Dabo (sub Watson 60min), Westbrooke, McCallum. Unused subs: Wilson, Mason, Walsh, Kastaneer, Eccles.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-1 Coventry City
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-2 Coventry City
Attendance: 8,005 (1,584 Coventry fans)

 

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