Cotterill spot on in Swans victory

David Cotterill's penalty helped Swansea extend their unbeaten league run to 12 games with a 1-0 win at home to bottom club Peterborough.

Last Updated: 27/02/10 at 17:34 Post Comment

Cotterill: Netted penalty for Swansea

Cotterill: Netted penalty for Swansea

But the win came at a cost with influential midfielders Darren Pratley and Ferrie Bodde both being forced off injured in the first half at the Liberty Stadium.

Pratley was replaced by Mark Gower after just 23 minutes before Bodde, who was making his first start since September following a serious knee injury, left the field soon after.

Posh went into the game without key trio George Boyd, Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean, who were all ruled out through illness. That meant Boyd's consecutive appearance record of 144 games was put to an end, while goalkeeper Joe Lewis took over the captaincy in the striker's absence.

Despite a bright start from the visitors, it was Swansea who produced the first chance of the game when Shefki Kuqi's right-footed effort was parried by Lewis after just four minutes.

But Paulo Sousa's men made no mistake after 19 minutes when Charlie Lee carelessly gifted possession to the hosts before later bundling over Cotterill in the box.

Wales international Cotterill stepped up to place the resulting spot-kick into the bottom right-hand corner of the net for his third goal in five games.

Swansea were dealt a blow just four minutes later when Pratley left the field for treatment before being withdrawn as a precaution.

The injuries were piling up for Sousa as Bodde went down near the touchline unchallenged after 28 minutes. The Swans played with 10 men for a few minutes before Lee Trundle, who scored both goals when the Swans claimed a 2-2 draw at London Road in December, came on to replace the Dutchman.

At the other end, Lee tried to atone for his earlier error before half-time but his long-range strike sailed harmlessly over the bar.

Posh were almost made to pay for their lack of cutting edge in the final third when Exodus Geohaghon gifted the ball straight to Kuqi, but the striker was denied by the feet of Lewis before the former Kettering defender redeemed himself to clear Nathan Dyer's rebound off the line.

Peterborough boss Jim Gannon gave Nathan Koranteng a chance to impress in the second half as the youth team striker replaced Lee.

And Posh had a chance to level matters within three minutes of the restart but Tommy Rowe's header drifted wide of a post.

But for all their hard work Gannon's men, who lost Scott Griffiths with what appeared to be a back injury after 53 minutes, could not find an equaliser as Lee Frecklington headed wide from Koranteng's cross.

Lewis produced a string of fine saves to keep Trundle, Kuqi and Dyer at bay, while Liam Dickinson's volley deflected over the bar at the other end as Swansea held on.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Barnsley 0-1 Leeds Report
Middlesbro' 1-2 Millwall Report
N Forest 1-0 Birmingham Report
Watford 3-1 Ipswich Report
12:15
Leicester 1-0 QPR Report
Friday, 18 April 2014
19:30
Doncaster 0-2 Derby Report
17:15
Blackpool 0-1 Burnley Report
15:00
Blackburn 0-0 Yeovil Report
Bournemth 2-4 Sheff Wed Report
Charlton 0-0 Bolton Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Transfer News: Leeds striker Ross McCormack waiting on contract talks

Leeds United striker Ross McCormack is waiting to see if new owner Massimo Cellino will offer him a new contract.

Premier League: No Manchester City hangover, insists Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City will keep fighting for the Premier League title, despite their week to forget.

Sherwood keen to keep Eriksen

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood hopes the club can keep hold of Christian Eriksen in the summer.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property