Saturday sees us travel to London Road to face Posh as we look to pull ourselves further away from danger. The last time we met, the Sky Blues ran out 3-2 winners after an impressive second half comeback from 2-0 down at the Ricoh Arena. It could be another tightly contested tie this time around but the teams are eleven places apart, which equates to 13 points.
Obviously on paper the home side look a certainty to win as they sit just inside the playoffs as opposed to City, who hover above the relegation places. However, our away form of late has been very impressive after picking up two consecutive wins on the road… Who’s to say we can’t make it three?
Although we lost on Saturday against Doncaster with what was a dismal performance, I fully believe we can bounce back and earn at least a point from this fixture. Of course we can’t afford to make errors such as those that gifted Donny their goals, but Mowbray seems to have drilled that in to the players. If they make consistent mistakes, they’re out of the team… this should surely Keep them on their toes.
Peterborough were struggling to fulfil their ambitions earlier in the season which caused for Darren Ferguson to be dismissed as manager. Since then, the Posh have kicked on and they now occupy the final playoff place. New boss Dave Robertson has found a winning formula and their recent form is rather impressive, the last six games have produced 5 wins, 0 draws and 1 loss… That’s 15 points from a possible eighteen. Wins came against Bradford, Sheffield United, Leyton Orient, Doncaster and Chesterfied, whilst the loss came against Preston North End who sit 2nd.
The Sky Blues have enjoyed some important wins over the last few games, but our form is nowhere near that of our hosts. In our last six fixtures we have won 2, drew 1 and lost 3 – this adds up to 7 points from the 18 available. Clearly we will be looking to bounce back from last week’s horror show, and our away form of late should give us some confidence.
Peterborough have signed Luke Williams on loan from Middlesbrough this week, along with Alan Sheehan from Bradford City and James Pearson who joins from Leicester.. All three could be named in the squad and could possibly make their debuts for the club tomorrow. Luke Williams will be a name us Sky Blues fans are familiar with as he spent a period on loan with us, albeit an unconvincing one.
The home side will be without their usual central defenders though as Ricardo Santos serves a one-match ban and Gabriel Zakuani is out on international duty. Kyle Vassell will also be unavailable for selection as he completed a loan move to Oxford United. A positive for Robertson will be the return of attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison who returns from a ban of his own, he will be looking to add to his goal tally and bolster the teams promotion challenge.
Coventry City will also be welcoming back a few players to the squad, firstly Marcus Tudgay who missed Saturday’s game versus Doncaster with a hamstring problem. James Maddison will also be welcomed back in the fold after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a back problem.
Despite Reda Johnson being back in training, he is doubtful for the game at London Road as it has come a little too early for him according to Tony Mowbray. Unlike Peterborough, the Sky Blues failed to add any signings before Thursday’s loan deadline as Mowbray “didn’t want to gamble.”
As I say on almost every blog post, no game is easy. I might as well call it my little catchphrase now, but it’s true… On our day we are capable of beating anyone, but so is everyone in this league. It’s just very unpredictable. Peterborough will no doubts be in a confident mood after an exceptional run of results, and they will be looking to widen the one-point gap they have over Barnsley who are in 7th position.
I do however have faith that we can leave Peterborough with a point, if not all three. Despite the defensive nightmare last week, I am still optimistic that we can shut out Posh and get the win. As long as the players have got that Doncaster game out of their heads we will be fine, we’ve just got to think about how well we played versus Chesterfield and Fleetwood and apply it again.
Some people are saying that the reason for those two victories was the fact they were nice slick pitches. Granted, it did play a part as it allowed for us to keep the ball well, but we fought for the three points. Peterboroughs pitch has been described as “bobbly” and “not in the best condition” but if we fight for every ball and apply ourselves in the correct manner we have every right to go and win the game. We’ve got to earn the right!
I’m feeling lucky… My prediction this week is Peterborough United 0-1 Coventry City. Let’s hope it happens.