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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.

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