Ricoh Arena

Next Game

Coventry v Port Vale

Saturday, 07 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Oakwell Stadium

Last Game

Barnsley 1 - 0 Coventry

Tuesday, 03 March 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet League 1

Pressley enjoys festive cheer

Steven Pressley reaped the benefits of giving Coventry Christmas Day off as they claimed a 4-2 home win over Peterborough.

Last Updated: 26/12/13 at 17:14

Steven Pressley: Plenty of positives

Steven Pressley: Plenty of positives

Steven Pressley and Darren Ferguson both allowed their players to spend Christmas Day off and it was the former who reaped the benefits as Coventry claimed a thrilling 4-2 Boxing Day win over Peterborough at Sixfields.

Pressley and his counterpart Darren Ferguson both showed some Christmas spirit hoping it would give their charges some much-needed rest and it was Coventry who responded with the right result for their boss.

But Pressley must have wondered if his generosity would backfire as his side twice went behind only to storm back with three second-half goals.

"I have never really had to say too much at half-time as the players have really bought into our system," he said.

"I had to say a few more words than normal at half-time. It was not a discussion about tactics it was really about mentality. And it worked because their mentality was fantastic in the second half.

"I have always given the my players Christmas Day off since I became a manager. I played under managers who gave you the day off and I always came into Boxing Day feeling good.

"There is nothing scientific that tells you it helps bringing players in on Christmas Day. I thought that by the players relaxing and spending time with their families, it would take their minds off what was a big game.

"Their response was outstanding and it was a very big win for us."

The visitors took the lead in the 20th minute when former Sky Blues youngster Shaun Jeffers netted after the home defence had struggled to deal with a free-kick.

Peterborough, with Lee Tomlin looking impressive in midfield, were in charge heading into half-time but then goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik gifted Coventry a goal with a clearance straight to Leon Clarke, who duly netted.

Tomlin was not to be outdone, however, and with seconds left until the break he pounced to fire home from Joe Murphy's parried save just before the whistle.

But Pressley's half-time team talk worked and within three minutes they were back level when Olejnik's poor punch gave Clarke a second goal.

Clarke then turned provider when he slipped Franck Moussa in with 10 minutes remaining and he coolly finished from close range.

Then in the closing seconds Posh thought they had scored from a mad scramble but referee Brendan Malone waved play on and Callum Wilson promptly went down field to power home from 20 yards and complete the comeback.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd yet... Jermain Defoe is still going to pronounce himself gobsmacked when he learns he hasn't made the England squad for the Euro qualifiers.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

W

e could release Diaby and then re-sign him when nobody else does and he would literally be like a new signing.

john matrix
The Machine Gossip

W

e pay the living wage, living wage, living wage, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!! Wooo ohhhh ooooohh

hump3.
All Premier League Clubs Should Be Paying Living Wage

Footer 365

Jonny Evans issues denial as Papiss Cisse apologises in 'spitting' row

Manchester United's Jonny Evans has denied spitting at Papiss Cisse, while the Newcastle striker has apologised for his actions.

Coutinho, Fernandinho, Oscar, Willian and Filipe Luis named in Brazil squad

Philippe Coutinho among five Premier League players named in the Brazil squad for the friendlies with France and Chile.

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis faint against Tottenham caused by vasovagal attack

We look at the reasons for Bafetimbi Gomis' collapse at White Hart Lane - and his history of fainting.

Mail Box

Have To Trust Managers On Mata

It's all very well bemoaning the lack of action for Juan Mata, but we have to trust the judgement of Van Gaal and Mourinho. Plus Martinez Out, and Leicester are doomed...

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company