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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Coventry City

We take a closer look at tonight's opponents

12 September 2017

The Blues’ Sky Bet League Two season continues tonight with a trip to the Ricoh Arena to take on Coventry City.

Keith Curle’s side will be hoping to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley and will face a Coventry side who will be buoyant after a win at the weekend.

Relegated last season, Mark Robins’ men have recruited well over the summer and will be looking to return to the third tier at the first time of asking.

We put the Sky Blues under the spotlight ahead of our trip south:

Mixed Bag - But Looking Promising

It’s been something of an inconsistent start for Coventry, but there are some positive results which suggest that Robins’ side could well be challenging for promotion. They have only lost twice in league action and currently sit in eighth spot - just shy of the play-off places.

The season began with back-to-back victories against Notts County and Grimsby before consecutive defeats to Newport and Yeovil followed. But recent results have given the Sky Blues reason to be optimistic with a draw against Chesterfield followed by a narrow 1-0 win over Port Vale at the weekend.

Those results suggest that Coventry can definitely be contenders this season, and they’ll be keen to extend their unbeaten run to three games when the Cumbrians come to town.

Forced Changes

Robins has a fairly large squad at his disposal and may well rotate personnel against Carlisle.

And he’ll be forced into at least one change with centre back Rod McDonald, who was recalled to the squad for the visit of Port Vale, sent off against the Valiants.

Coventry also have the option to change things going forward, with Stuart Beavon benched last time out with the experienced striker certainly capable of finding the back of the net.

What Does History Tell Us?

Meetings between United and Coventry have been scarce over recent years, with the two sides having only met five times this millennium - with four league meetings and one League Cup tie.

Five of those meetings have been won by Carlisle, but the Blues come off worse when you take all our meetings into account.

The two sides have met only 15 times in total with those five wins since 2000 the only ones United have racked up - Coventry have claimed eight victories while two meetings have ended in draws.

We Fare Well On Our Travels

United have travelled to Coventry twice in recent years - in 2012 and 2014 - and have claimed victory on both occasions.

On Joe Garner’s return to the club, goals from Danny Cadamarteri and Danny Livesey handed the Cumbrians a well-earned 2-1 triumph at the Ricoh Arena in 2012 before Carlisle triumphed by the same scoreline in 2014 thanks to goals from Liam Noble and Sam Byrne.

Watch highlights from that game here:

 

There is therefore plenty to be optimistic about ahead of our next trip to Coventry - could we see a similar scoreline this time?

Ones to Watch

+ Jack Grimmer - A summer arrival from Fulham, the full-back offers great experience despite his young age. Despite being only 23, Grimmer has already represented Aberdeen, where he was the club’s youngest ever player, Port Vale and Shrewsbury. Comfortable going forward alongside performing his defensive duties, Grimmer is tenacious and tough in the tackle - key attributes in League Two.

+ Tony Andreu - The cultured French midfielder was something of a surprise summer arrival at Coventry City having previously impressed at a much higher level. He made his name at Hamilton where he netted 25 goals in 58 appearances before moving to Norwich. He spent time on loan at Dundee United last term before teaming up with the Sky Blues where he’ll be looking to rediscover his previous form. If he does, then he’ll be a key component of Coventry’s side.

+ Marc McNulty - Formerly of Sheffield United and Bradford, McNulty teamed up with Coventry this summer and will look to lead the line effectively this season. The Scot has found the net on a regular basis at all his former clubs and is certainly a lively presence in and around the area. With fine finishing ability and excellent movement he could prove a tricky opponent for the Blues’ backline.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Sky Blues 2 - 0 United

Report from the Tuesday night away game

12 September 2017

United were at the Ricoh Arena on a wet Tuesday night for their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Manager Keith Curle made six changes to the team that started on Saturday with George, Kennedy, Devitt, Brown, Etuhu and Shaun Miller coming in for Bonham, Bennett, Hope, Jones, Lambe and Tom Miller.

Over 100 of United's fans found themselves stuck in a motorway snarl-up on the way to the game and some decided to give up the ghost, turn round and go home as it became clear they would struggle to make it in time for the second half kick off.

The Sky Blues tried to get forward in the early stages but good defending from Grainger on two separate occasions kept them at bay. 

A long throw from Brown had Parkes interested as United got forward themselves but he was closely watched by Kelly and his flick was easily cleared.

Wide man Jodi Jones cut in from the right for the hosts as he tried to make things happen but he was left red-faced when he swung wildly at the ball and ended up in a heap on the floor.

The Cumbrians created a great chance on 11 minutes when Adams ghosted into space just inside the box. His pass inside was expertly taken by Devitt as he arrived late but a firm shot was well saved by a strong hand from Burge. 

Coventry responded with a run from Grimmer which took him into a dangerous area. He found Beavon but the shot came from the outside of the right boot and George watched it all the way.

It was suddenly end-to-end and Adams was next to try his luck as it opened up in front of him. He went for a toe-poke on the run but it was always heading wide.

A slick move from the hosts saw them get behind United as Jones, Vincenti and Kelly combined for the latter to striker a fierce shot as he slid into the box. He caught it well but he couldn't keep it down.

Carlisle had more good pressure when a Grainger free kick was only half cleared. Shaun Miller took over inside the area and he twisted and turned before sending it towards the unmarked Mark Ellis. Jason Kennedy tried to intervene and his touch allowed Willis to hook it clear.

United probed as Adams and Devitt tried to release Miller, but Davies was there to step in on both occasions. Right back James Brown then beat three to get into a crossing position but he couldn't wrap his boot round it and he sent a dipping delivery into the side netting.

Stuart Beavon had another good moment for the home side when he was picked out by Grimmer. He dropped a shoulder and shot through legs but George got low to beat it away. Doyle tried to snaffle up the loose ball but Joyce was on hand to complete the clearance.

Big defender Mark Ellis was a whisker away from testing Burge on 40 minutes when Adams curled a deep free kick into the mix. He got up well but the ball evaded his leap.

It was a disastrous start to the second period for United as a through ball from deep was latched on to by Wolves loanee Duckens Nazon. He got his head over the ball and left George with no chance as he crunched it into the top corner.

Coventry had their tails up and they had United worried when Beavon spread the play to Jones. He bent his run and rifled it low and it pinged off four sets of legs before George made a fantastic close-range save. 

United were cut open on 70 minutes when Beavon and Jones found themselves two against one. A flighted pass left the latter with just the keeper to beat but he underhit his shot and it was cleared off the line.

Another neat passing move from the hosts saw Grimmer play a one-two with Beavon but his shot was deflected behind as he burst into the box. Vincenti popped his header from the corner straight at George.

It became an even more difficult evening for the Cumbrians with ten minutes to play when Jones dropped a shoulder and showed a turn of pace. He clipped a cross to the back stick and Vincenti guided his volley into the bottom corner.

The visitors were almost back in it when Parkes surged forward from deep. He let fly with a thunderbolt of a shot but a touch from Burge took it onto the bar and the loose pieces were swept up by the defence.

Parkes had a free header at the back post as the clock ticked down but he couldn't keep it on target and the Sky Bklues were able to celebrate their clean sheet and three points as United headed north with nothing to show for their efforts.

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Goals

Coventry City - Nazon (48), Vincenti (80)

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Bookings

Coventry City - Vincenti (55)

Carlisle United - Grainger (58), Joyce (72), Hope (84)

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Teams

Coventry City - Burge, Grimmer, Stokes, Willis, Kelly, Vincenti, Doyle, J Jones, Davies, Beavon (Kelly-Evans 88), Nazon (Biamou 59). Subs - O'Brien, Hyam, Maycock, Bayliss, Ponticelli.

Carlisle United - George, Grainger, Joyce, Parkes, Kennedy, Adams (Bennett 65), Devitt, Ellis (Liddle 68), Brown, S Miller, Etuhu (Hope 77). Subs - Bonham, M Jones, Nabi, Lambe.

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Referee - Trevor Kettle

Attendance - 6,151 (242 away fans)

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