23rd Oct, 2017

Tony Mowbray praises attacking Sky Blues after Peterborough comeback

Steve Carpenter 2nd Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TONY Mowbray was full of praise for his attacking Sky Blues side after they came from two goals down at half-time to beat in-form Peterborough 3-2 and maintain their unbeaten home run this season.

A disappointing opening 45 minutes had seen Graham Westley’s Peterborough take a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Jermaine Anderson and a superb long range shot from Erhun Oztumer.

But Mowbray’s side came out fighting after the break with the introduction of Jim O’Brien and Ryan Kent proving to make a big difference.

Midfielder Romain Vincelot launched the comeback with his third goal of the season and two goals from man of the moment Adam Armstrong completed a remarkable turnaround for the Sky Blues.

“We knew it was going to be a really dangerous game and so it proved. They are a very, very good team and they showed why they’re the highest goal-scorers in the league at the moment.

“In the second-half, what can you say, the supporters dragged the team along. We did what we do, we attacked with purpose and got the first goal of the half which was crucial.

“I’ve just watched Adam’s second goal, if any player in the world did that, we’d all be purring at the talent.

“It was an amazing turn, chopped the two defenders and then rifled it into the bottom corner. I’m just delighted for the fans to come and watch a team who played with desire and a heart second-half.

“It was also crucial for the players as well because if they know they can beat one of the better teams in the division like that, it’s a great confidence booster.”

Peterborough were by far the better of the two teams in the first half and more then deserved their lead at the break.

Anderson opened the scoring for the visitors by converting Conor Washington’s cut back on 15 minutes and then Oztumer was given time and space on the edge of the area to beat Reice Charles-Cook with a 25-yard effort.

The Sky Blues did have chances themselves but Armstrong was twice denied by Ben Alnwick and he saw another left-footed shot come back of the post.

After the break the hosts came to life with O’Brien causing problems in the heart of the City midfield and on 55 minutes they were back in the match when John Fleck’s shot came back off the post and Vincelot was stabbed home the rebound.

It was all one-way traffic and although the visitors looked dangerous on the they failed to find a third and the hosts made them pay in the final ten minutes.

Jacob Murphy did well down the left to beat his marker and pick out Armstrong who beat Alnwick with a close rang finish for his first and three minutes from time Armstrong completed the turnaround by making space by the penalty spot with a clever turn before firing low past Alnwick.

Despite Armstrong bagging another brace, Mowbray singled out Murphy’s impact in the second half.

He added: “Jacob Murphy has shown unbelievable talent for our goals. I think people have to accept young wingers are going to be inconsistent and go in and out of games.

“He’s growing up and I think it’ll be good for him to take a bit of flak and respond to it. A few boo’s will be good for him as he got stronger and stronger as the game went on and backed his talent in the end.”

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