Thursday, 21 April 2016

My Fortieth 15/16 Game - Peterborough United vs Coventry City

 Under the pressure of Sky TV cameras being at London Road to watch mid-table Peterborough versus promotion hopefuls Coventry, added to the fact that results on the day meant that a win could take us back into the play offs. So excitement was in the air for the travelling 1,000 Sky Blues fans to see if we would bottle it under pressure or would we rise to the occasion. One big problem was a few players were missing on international duty including Adam Armstrong and James Maddison. This meant the team selection was a lot different to usual.

                     Charles-Cook
Lorentszon Martin Vincelot Ricketts
                   Fleck Bigirimana
               Rose Murphy Cole
                        Fortune

Substitutes:

Addai
Phillips
Hunt
Jones (46)
Lameiras
Tudgay (76)
Henderson (61)

Not the strongest of sides but one which we hoped would be one to get the job done, Vincelot at centre back was a quite scary sight but the main talking point was new signing Jodi Jones making it on to the bench after his impressive début for the U21s, scoring 2 and creating 1 were enough to get him into the first team. Part of this was probably due to the international duty/ injury crisis.

 The game began very lively, Fortune played the ball in early to Joe Cole, the veteran managed to get a shot away which Alnwick parried over early on. Alnwick was in the spotlight again when Jacob Murphy was played through but the keeper managed to get a touch on the ball to send it on to the post. Good early signs but the goal needed to come soon to avoid Peterborough bagging one on the break.

 Fortune was through on goal and struck the ball past the keeper from 12 yards slightly to the left side, but a defender was on hand to incredibly block off the line to keep to scores tied at 0-0. This was just another chance to add to the long line that the Sky Blues couldn't put away. We were punished for this when on the stroke of half time, Bostwick broke free of his marker Ricketts to nod across Charles-Cook into the far corner, you couldn't help but feel like this was coming given that we were not putting our chances away.

  Jones had been brought on and into the second half we went, but it turned out were punished further, Marcus Maddison burst down the right wing to pass across the box to Lee Angol whom squeezed it into the bottom right corner to put the hosts 2 goals to the good just 5 minutes after coming on as a substitute. We made subs of our own, making way was Gael Bigirimana who was replaced by a more attacking option in the form of Darius Henderson.

 Four minutes later and the Sky Blues had got one back, Murphy sprinted down the left wing and played the ball into an un-marked Cole. He slotted past Alnwick and with 20 minutes to go, you could see us potentially doing what we usually do when we face Peterborough and come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Bursting through on goal just seconds later was substitute Henderson, he looked as if he was going to bag the equaliser but unfortunately fell over as he was about to take a shot on goal.

 With 20 minutes remaining, a defensive mistake from Vincelot gifted Harry Beautyman the ball, he made it 3-1 and that, was all she wrote. Bringing on the super sub Marcus Tudgay wasn't enough to mount a comeback so the game finished 3-1. An absolutely abysmal result considering we absolutely dominated the first half only to go into the break leading. Something which we had to take on the chin going into the next match at home to Colchester. Which will be the next 'A View From The Stands'..

 My Man Of The Match - Jacob Murphy - He made good runs down the wings and had a couple of good attempts on goal which obviously couldn't make it in but all in all a decent performance from the Norwich loanee. This takes him to 3 awards for the season, could we see Jacob get a couple of late awards to steal the man of the season crown? Only time will tell.

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