Peterborough edged closer to securing their place in the League One play-offs with a narrow win over Coventry.

South Africa international Kgosi Ntlhe scored the only goal of the game early on, his bullet header from Danny Swanson's corner putting Posh in front.

Cyrus Christie wasted a chance to draw Coventry level, heading wide from a free-kick late in the first half.

Nathan Eccleston sliced wide from 12 yards as the Sky Blues pressed but Peterborough held on to earn the win.

Darren Ferguson's sixth-placed side now hold a seven-point cushion over the chasing pack in the race for the play-offs with four games remaining.

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm struggling to find out how we didn't get something from the game. The opening 20 minutes were disappointing from our respect.

"For the remainder of the half after the goal we were very much the dominant force, and then all second half we penned them in, and we had three or four unbelievable chances to get a goal. Unfortunately we didn't do so and on a couple of occasions the quality let us down.

"I've seen a lot of good signs for 70 minutes of the game. There were many pleasing aspects, but ultimately football is about winning games, and we have to ensure between now and the end of the season that we win games to ensure our League One status."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little
  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 08 Payne
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 22 Nugent (Alcock - 82' )
  • 07 Swanson (McQuoid - 39' )
  • 21 Ajose Booked
  • 24 Washington (McCann - 69' )
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 14 Rowe

Substitutes

  • 02 Alcock
  • 04 Brisley
  • 11 McCann
  • 13 Day
  • 17 Newell
  • 36 McQuoid
  • 37 Isgrove

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Christie
  • 19 Willis
  • 07 Fleck
  • 04 Webster
  • 24 Clarke
  • 27 Robinson (Baker - 45' )
  • 12 Prutton (McGeouch - 87' )
  • 20 Wilson
  • 09 Eccleston (Delfouneso - 64' )
  • 26 Marshall

Substitutes

  • 03 Adams
  • 06 Thomas
  • 08 Baker
  • 10 Delfouneso
  • 11 McGeouch
  • 13 Burge
  • 31 Haynes
Ref: Darren Sheldrake
Att: 6,617

Match Stats

Shots

6 7

On target

3 1

Corners

6 2

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Coventry City 0.

90:00 +6:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Coventry City 0.

90:00 +6:01

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

90:00 +6:01

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:24

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:24

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

90:00 +1:42

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:42

Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).

86:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Dylan McGeouch replaces David Prutton.

84:26

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:26

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

81:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Craig Alcock replaces Ben Nugent.

80:44

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

80:44

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:15

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

71:00

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:56

Foul by Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United).

70:22

Foul by Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United).

70:22

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:14

Foul by Ben Nugent (Peterborough United).

69:14

Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Grant McCann replaces Conor Washington.

67:25

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

66:17

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Joe Murphy.

66:05

Attempt saved. Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Nathan Eccleston.

62:43

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

62:43

Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:08

Foul by Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United).

61:08

Mark Marshall (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:59

Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

56:23

Ben Nugent (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:23

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

54:45

Attempt missed. Nathan Eccleston (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

53:44

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:44

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

52:53

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

50:01

Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:01

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

45:19

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Peterborough United 1, Coventry City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Carl Baker replaces Anton Robinson.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Coventry City 0.

45:00 +0:49

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

45:00 +0:49

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 Booking

Booking Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

44:54

Hand ball by Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United).

42:38

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

38:54

Foul by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

38:54

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Josh McQuoid replaces Danny Swanson because of an injury.

37:35

Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

36:41

Foul by Ben Nugent (Peterborough United).

36:41

Nathan Eccleston (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:37

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

34:37

Mark Marshall (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:50

Foul by Ben Nugent (Peterborough United).

32:50

Nathan Eccleston (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:23

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

31:23

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:05

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

27:55

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:38

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Andy Webster.

21:43

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

21:18

Attempt saved. Nathan Eccleston (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:32

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Callum Wilson.

15:09

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

14:00

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:55

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

11:25

Attempt missed. Ben Nugent (Peterborough United) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

10:39

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

9:31

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:31

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

7:28

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

7:28

David Prutton (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 1, Coventry City 0. Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Swanson with a cross following a corner.

5:23

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

1:54

Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:54

Foul by Mark Marshall (Coventry City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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