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The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey.
The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Clearance made by Gabriel Zakuani. Gary McSheffrey decides to take the corner short.
Cyrus Christie delivers the ball.
Gary Gardner has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.
The ball is crossed by Lukas Jutkiewicz, clearance made by Gabriel Zakuani.
Joe Newell replaces Emile Sinclair.
Chris Hussey produces a cross, Joe Lewis makes a save.
Cyrus Christie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Chris Hussey, clearance made by Tom Kennedy. Gary McSheffrey takes the outswinging corner, Strike from close range by Richard Wood clears the bar. Gael Bigirimana replaces David Bell.
Foul by Emile Sinclair on Richard Keogh, free kick awarded. Richard Wood takes the free kick.
Ryan Tunnicliffe has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Tunnicliffe by Gary McSheffrey results in a free kick. Ryan Tunnicliffe restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Cyrus Christie, Joe Lewis makes a save.
Foul by Paul Taylor on Chris Hussey, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Wood on Paul Taylor. Ryan Tunnicliffe takes the indirect free kick. Richard Wood receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Inswinging corner taken by George Boyd.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Daniel Kearns. Shot on goal comes in from David Bell from the free kick, blocked by Ryan Bennett. Corner from right by-line taken by Gary McSheffrey. Corner taken by David Bell.
A cross is delivered by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Keogh on Tommy Rowe. Daniel Kearns takes the free kick. Booking for Richard Keogh for unsporting behaviour.
Emile Sinclair finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Peterborough 1-0 Coventry.Paul Taylor provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Ryan Bennett.
Chris Hussey has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
Paul Taylor produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
George Boyd fouled by David Bell, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Save made by Joe Lewis. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary McSheffrey. Lee Tomlin leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Kennedy.
Paul Taylor is caught offside. Richard Wood restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by George Boyd from outside the box goes over the net.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Kearns, clearance by Richard Wood.
Daniel Kearns takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.
Clive Platt challenges Craig Alcock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Frecklington takes the indirect free kick. Paul Taylor comes on in place of Lee Frecklington.
Chris Hussey delivers the ball.
Chris Hussey takes a shot. Joe Lewis makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Kearns.
David Bell fouled by Craig Alcock, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Hussey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Alcock by Clive Platt. Direct free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
Unfair challenge on Conor Thomas by Lee Frecklington results in a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.
Lee Frecklington crosses the ball, clearance by Cyrus Christie.
David Bell delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Clive Platt misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie.
Daniel Kearns sends in a cross, clearance made by Cyrus Christie.
Lee Tomlin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Cyrus Christie produces a cross, Close range header by Lukas Jutkiewicz goes over the crossbar.
Lee Tomlin takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.
A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Kearns.
The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey, save by Joe Lewis.
A cross is delivered by Chris Hussey, Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Tunnicliffe by Gary Gardner. George Boyd restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Bennett on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Gary Gardner, save by Joe Lewis.
Shot from 35 yards by Cyrus Christie went wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Frecklington on Chris Hussey. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Lee Tomlin.
Daniel Kearns concedes a free kick for a foul on Cyrus Christie. Gary Gardner restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, Joe Lewis makes a save.
Richard Keogh fouled by Lee Tomlin, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Keogh.
Tommy Rowe crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Tomlin by Gary Gardner. Strike on goal comes in from Lee Tomlin from the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Emile Sinclair, Joe Murphy makes a save.
Gary McSheffrey fouled by Daniel Kearns, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Cyrus Christie.
Gary Gardner crosses the ball, Ryan Bennett makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, save made by Joe Lewis.
Ferguson hopeful on trio
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson expects injury doubts Craig Alcock, Lee Frecklington and Paul Taylor to be fit for the visit of Coventry.
All three players have been nursing knocks this week following the 1-1 draw against Leicester.
However, captain Grant McCann faces between six and 10 weeks on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury at the King Power Stadium.
Ryan Tunnicliffe, Danny Kearns and Joe Newell could come into the reckoning to replace the Northern Ireland international midfielder.
Ferguson has confirmed that Joe Lewis will continue in goal after being recalled in favour of Paul Jones for the past two matches. Lewis has been training with QPR again this week and played in another reserve-team friendly for the Premier League club on Tuesday as Hoops boss Neil Warnock runs the rule over the 24-year-old ahead of a potential transfer in January.
On-loan Manchester United defender Scott Wootton is fit again after a knee injury and is pushing for a place in the squad.
Coventry will be without Sammy Clingan and Cody McDonald but Chris Hussey is expected to return to contention.
Sky Blues skipper Clingan faces a couple of weeks on the sidelines nursing a fractured toe while striker McDonald sustained a knee injury in last weekend`s 1-0 home defeat to Hull and has been ruled out.
McDonald was making his first start in five matches alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz but Clive Platt is now likely to be restored to the attack.
Left-back Hussey has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury but should be okay for the clash at London Road, while fellow defender Richard Wood is also fit having been forced off against Hull suffering with cramp.
Freefalling Coventry have lost six of their last seven games and are without a win since mid-October - one of only two this season - while there is already a seven-point gap between themselves at the foot of the table and safety.
Sky Blues spend Christmas at rock bottom
Coventry must rewrite the history books if they are to avoid relegation from the npower Championship after a narrow and undeserved 1-0 defeat at Peterborough.
City will prop up the second tier going into Christmas Day, already eight points from safety, with only one team in the past 12 seasons having avoided the drop when in the same position.
The result was harsh on Andy Thorn's side, who struck a post in the 87th minute through Gary Gardner, saw Gabriel Zakuani clear off the line in injury time, went close on a couple of occasions with Lukas Jutkiewicz and Chris Hussey and had loud appeals for a penalty waved away after Craig Alcock appeared to handle in the area.
But it was Posh, who improved after a below-par first-half display, that registered the only goal of the game in the 66th minute - game-changing substitute Paul Taylor teeing up Emile Sinclair for his sixth of the season for the club.
It was far from free-scoring Peterborough, who clinched their first clean sheet of the season, but it was enough to leave the unfortunate Sky Blues still searching for their first away win of the campaign.
Both sides went into the game desperately needing all three points, with Posh having won just one of their last nine and Coventry losing six of their last seven.
Coventry were getting plenty of numbers behind the ball and making life difficult for their hosts, who were struggling to get going.
Gardner's set-piece forced a solid save from Joe Lewis before Jutkiewicz headed over from close range, sandwiching a Lee Tomlin effort from 20 yards which forced Joe Murphy into routine action.
Tomlin was by far and away Posh's most dangerous player and his shot on the turn, which sailed just over the crossbar, was the closest the home side went in the opening 35 minutes.
And as the half-time whistle blew it was Sky Blues boss Thorn who would have been the happier of the two managers.
Counterpart Darren Ferguson waited just four second-half minutes before making a change, Taylor replacing Lee Frecklington.
And Taylor almost made an immediate impact as he set up Daniel Kearns, making his full debut, but Murphy saved well with his feet.
Taylor's introduction seemed to spark life into Peterborough and skipper George Boyd was next to go close.
Jutkiewicz reminded United of the visitors' threat with a shot from distance which was turned around by Lewis, with Coventry seeing solid penalty claims for handball against Alcock dismissed from the resulting corner.
It was an end-to-end affair as both sides went in search of a breakthrough, Taylor going close for the home side before Jutkiewicz and Hussey did the same for City.
And it was Peterborough who got the vital breakthrough thanks to lively substitute Taylor, who saw his initial attempt saved by Murphy before pulling the rebound back for Sinclair to fire home.
Murphy raced off his line to save well from Sinclair but it was Coventry who threatened an equaliser in the closing stages.
Clive Platt and Cyrus Christie went close, as did Gary McSheffrey, although it was Gardner who almost snatched a point when his strike rebounded off a post.
But it was not to be as Jutkiewicz saw his 94th-minute effort cleared off the line by Zakuani.
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