Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 2 v Coventry City 2 (Coventry won 4-2 on penalties)
Referee: P. Alcock
Midfielder Lee Carsley scored the crucial spot-kick in a penalty shoot-out as the Posh were knocked out of the Worthington Cup in a pulsating cup tie at London Road after the scores finished level at 2-2 following 30 minutes of extra time.
An own goal by Marcus Hall looked to have sealed a win for Posh with four minutes of normal time remaining, but Carsley levelled the scores a minute into stoppage time and his spot-kick earned Roland Nilsson’s side a 4-2 win on penalties.
The visitors started brightly, a dynamic run from Lee Hughes setting up an opportunity for David Thompson, but the former Liverpool midfielder shot tamely at Mark Tyler in the Posh goal as the Sky Blues pressed for an early goal for their new manager.
Tyler was on hand on the quarter of an hour mark after Hughes sprung the offside trap, but the former West Bromwich Albion striker’s shot was expertly palmed away as City poured forward.
As the first half entered stoppage time, Hughes missed a glorious chance to give the Sky Blues the lead. He beat the offside trap and with nobody near him, lofted the ball over the bar with Tyler unmoved.
After a scrappy opening to the second half, Coventry took the lead on 55 minutes when Thompson was given acres of room in the penalty area to fire under the body of Tyler.
It took Posh less than a minute to equalise, with Richard Forsyth squeezing a shot into the corner of the net after Leon McKenzie had won the aerial battle with Muhamed Konjic.
Gary Breen nearly gave the visitors the lead once more moments later but his header at the near post from a corner struck the crossbar as Tyler looked on.
Posh went in front five minutes before the end when a brilliant corner by Tom Williams was punched on to the back of Marcus Hall by Coventry keeper Magnus Hedman into the back of the net.
Jay Bothroyd went close to levelling the scores three minutes before the end with a free-kick but the ball drifted wide of Tyler’s upright.
With the last kick of the game Lee Carsley equalised for Coventry with a well taken effort and this heart stopping cup tie went into extra time.
Posh had Williams to thank five minutes into extra time when Breen’s shot trickled towards goal and from the rebound, Tyler saved well from Bothroyd.
The Posh stopper was on hand again moments later when he expertly tipped Thompson’s drive onto the bar.
The scores were level at the end of extra time and the game went into a penalty shoot-out in front of the London Road end.
Posh made a poor start to the shoot-out, with McKenzie striking the crossbar and when Forsyth’s penalty was saved, it was left to Carsley to convert the winning spot-kick.
David Farrell and Jimmy Bullard converted the two penalties for the Posh.
Posh: Mark Tyler, Marc Joseph Simon Rea, Andy Edwards, David Farrell, Jimmy Bullard, Leon McKenzie, Neale Fenn (sub Andy Clarke), Richard Forsyth, Gary MacDonald (sub Tom Williams) and Helgi Danielsson (sub Francis Green).
Unused subs: Dan Connor and Jon Cullen.
Coventry: Magnus Hedman, Roland Nilsson (sub Richard Shaw), Marcus Hall, Youssef Safri, Muhamed Konjic, Gary Breen, David Thompson, Lee Carsley, Lee Hughes, Julian Joachim and Barry Quinn (sub Jay Bothroyd).
Unused subs: Andy Goram, Gavin Strachan and Laurent Delorge.
Goal scorers: Posh – Richard Forsyth 56 mins and Marcus Hall (own goal) 85 mins. Coventry – David Thompson 55 mins and Lee Carsley 90 mins.
Bookings: Marc Joseph and Simon Rea (Posh). David Thompson, Lee Carsley, Julian Joachim and Youssef Safri (Coventry).