Stead sinks Posh at London Road

06 March 2010 05:04
Stead ran through to score the second goal of his loan spell from Ipswich as Jim Gannon lost his winning touch at London Road.[LNB]Posh are now 13 points adrift of safety with just 12 games remaining and their brief flirtation with second-tier football is rapidly coming to an end.[LNB]It was the home side's first game since allowing captain George Boyd to join Nottingham Forest this week, with goalkeeper Joe Lewis handed the skipper's armband in his absence.[LNB]Gannon had won both of his previous home games since replacing Mark Cooper last month but saw Chris Coleman's visitors edge a nervy game as they moved to within three points of the top six.[LNB]Winger Chris Whelpdale took just nine seconds to smash a shot inches wide from the edge of the area as Posh made a lively start, while Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood had to be alert moments later to parry another smart shot from Whelpdale.[LNB]But Coleman's visitors grew in presence as the half wore on, with Northern Ireland international Sammy Clingan pulling the strings in midfield.[LNB]But there was no clever midfield play to be seen in Stead's 24th-minute opener.[LNB]Former Portsmouth defender Martin Cranie lumped a long ball forward and Stead gave chase.[LNB]He looked second favourite to win the ball but shrugged off the challenge of defender Craig Morgan and stabbed the ball past the onrushing Lewis.[LNB]Tommy Rowe saw a powerful drive blocked as the home side looked for an immediate response but Coventry easily saw out the rest of the first half.[LNB]Clingan was replaced at the break through injury before Posh defender Mark Little came close to a goal on his debut with a volley which was well blocked.[LNB]Coventry centre-half James McPake sent a decent header just wide from a free-kick as the Sky Blues looked for a killer second before Clinton Morrison saw an effort deflect narrowly wide.[LNB]Charlie Lee and Lee Frecklington both shot over as Gannon's charges mounted one final rally but Coventry held on to clinch a vital three points.[LNB]The Sky Blues have been languishing in the Championship for nine years but if they can maintain their current form they may have a chance of securing promotion, while Gannon must already be planning for a campaign in League One.[LNB][LNB][LNB]

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