Coventry score three times in quick succession to condemn Posh to defeat.

Peterborough United suffered their fifth straight away defeat in the Sky Bet Championship as Coventry City scored three times in quick succession during the second half to continue their excellent home form.

The home side made a lively start, winning an early corner and causing problems on the counter-attack, but goalkeeper Dai Cornell was not called upon inside the opening 12 minutes. Nathan Thompson volleyed well wide of the target moments later as a Dan Butler cross was only half cleared by the Sky Blues back-line.

Hamer flashed a shot from 30-yards over the crossbar on 31 minutes after a pass was intercepted by the talented midfield man from a deep position. Todd Kane drilled a shot wide of the near post on 41 minutes after finding himself in a good position on the right hand side of the Posh penalty area.

Thompson was cautioned on 42 minutes for a foul on the edge of the box with Hamer curling the resulting free-kick inches over the crossbar. There was one minute of added time signalled with Waghorn firing over with his left-foot from the edge of the box within 20 seconds of that being added on.

Darren Ferguson made a change at the break with Kwame Poku replacing Ward in an attacking change. Gyokeres dragged a right-foot shot wide of the far post after turning Butler inside out on 48 minutes after Dembele slipped at an in-opportune time at the other end as he prepared to let fly.

Norburn fired over from the edge of the box after good work from Thompson and Poku. Clarke-Harris was well placed to block an effort on the line from McFadzean following a deep Hamer corner, which was nodded back across goal.

The home side opened the scoring on 57 minutes and it was a lightening break from one end of the pitch to the other, Edwards did well to clear two off the line but HAMER was there to slot home the rebound from close-range.

It was 2-0 just after the hour mark as Kane’s cross was finished from close-range by GYOKERES. Cornell was well placed to keep out the goalscorer moments later as Posh struggled to cope with the waves of attacks.

The Sky Blues made it 3-0 less than three minutes later as a terrible Taylor pass was intercepted by Waghorn, he picked out GYOKERES and everything he hits turns to goals, his shot looped off a defender and found the back of the net.

Harrison Burrows replaced Grant on 72 minutes as Ferguson made his second switch of the evening. Thompson did give Moore some work to do on 78 minutes after a strong run but his left-foot shot was comfortable for the keeper between the sticks for City.

Clarke-Harris glanced a Butler cross wide of the target on 85 minutes before the home side made their final switch with Jodi Jones the man introduced. In stoppage time, Moore did well to keep out substitute Burrows as he raced clear before the referee brought an end to proceedings as Posh slipped to their fifth successive away defeat.

Coventry: Moore, Clarke-Salter, McFadzean, Allen, Waghorn, O’Hare, Hyam, Gyokeres (sub Walker 80min), Maatsen (sub Jones 85min), Kane, Hamer (sub Kelly 79min). Unused subs: Wilson, Rose, Sheaf, Godden.

Posh: Cornell, Edwards, NButler, Thompson, Kent, Taylor (sub Coventry 65min), Clarke-Harris, Dembele, Grant (sub Burrows 72min), Norburn, Ward (sub Poku 46min). Unused subs: Blackmore, Szmodics, Knight, Tomlinson.

Half-time: Coventry City 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Coventry City 3-0 Peterborough United
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Attendance: 20,652