Coventry City moved up to second in the Championship as three goals in seven second-half minutes helped them cruise to a home win over Peterborough.
Sweden striker Viktor Gyokeres netted twice to continue the Sky Blues’ perfect home record after a Gustavo Hamer tap-in broke the deadlock.
Peterborough offered little, managing just two shots on target.
Defeat means Posh are still without a point on the road this term.
Coventry had looked set to go top of the second tier for the first time since August 2009 but instead had to settle for second spot behind West Bromwich Albion, who netted a late winner against QPR.
After a one-sided first-half at the Coventry Building Society Arena, Hamer pounced on a loose ball to fire the hosts in front just before the hour mark.
And just four minutes later, Gyokeres doubled the advantage, tapping home a low Todd Kane cross.
Gyokeres then completed the scoring in the 64th minute, seeing a close-range strike deflect over a helpless David Cornell in the Peterborough goal.
It was a deserved result for Mark Robins’ side who boosted their reputation as early pacesetters, with Gyokeres – signed from Brighton in the summer after a loan spell with the Sky Blues last term – taking his season’s tally to seven goals in nine appearances.
Meanwhile, Peterborough striker Jonson Clarke-Harris played the full 90 minutes, with his club having appealed a recent FA sanction.
The ex-Coventry forward has been given a four-match ban and fined £5,300 over historical social media posts – but any potential suspension will not come into effect until the appeal is decided.
Coventry manager Mark Robins told BBC CWR:
“The first goal was important, that sort of deflated them a little.
“From then on we grew in stature and just took the game away from them. [Our strikers’] movement was brilliant, we were slick.
“I thought this was nothing more than we deserved and the atmosphere was electric. A great performance and a great result.”
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:
“Another disappointing away defeat, another very similar away defeat. We conceded [then] we collapsed.
“It’s something that has to change dramatically because this has happened four times now.
“It’s as clear as day the problem. We’ve conceded three goals in seven minutes. In seven minutes the game’s over, you’re actually worried there could be a pasting.
“I’ve said to the players some of them need to start proving me wrong because I can’t stand watching that again.”
- 38HamerSubstituted forKellyat 80′minutes
- 18MaatsenSubstituted forJonesat 86′minutes
- 17GyökeresSubstituted forWalkerat 80′minutes
- 3ButlerBooked at 44mins
- 8TaylorSubstituted forCoventryat 65′minutes
- 23WardSubstituted forPokuat 45′minutes
- 11GrantSubstituted forBurrowsat 73′minutes
- Geoff Eltringham
Match ends, Coventry City 3, Peterborough United 0.
Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Peterborough United 0.
Foul by Harrison Burrows (Peterborough United).
Jamie Allen (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Thompson (Peterborough United).
Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Harrison Burrows (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris with a through ball.
Foul by Conor Coventry (Peterborough United).
Tyler Walker (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Coventry City. Jodi Jones replaces Ian Maatsen.
Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dan Butler with a cross.
Nathan Thompson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ian Maatsen (Coventry City).
Foul by Frankie Kent (Peterborough United).
Martyn Waghorn (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dan Butler (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Coventry City).
Substitution, Coventry City. Tyler Walker replaces Viktor Gyökeres.
Substitution, Coventry City. Liam Kelly replaces Gustavo Hamer because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Nathan Thompson (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kwame Poku.