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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Carlisle United - The Sky Blues face the Cumbrians at the Ricoh Arena

City take on Carlisle in SkyBet League Two...

12 September 2017

Venue: The Ricoh Arena

Competition: SkyBet League Two

Date: Saturday, Tuesday 12th September, 2017.

Kick-Off: 7.45pm

The Sky Blues will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in SkyBet League Two as they welcome Carlisle to the Ricoh Arena.

Jodi Jones’ 25-yard curler made sure Port Vale left the West Midland’s empty handed last time out, despite City being reduced to ten-men late on after Rod McDonald was shown a straight red card, thus being handed with a one match ban from this evening's fixture.

Keith Curle’s side will be hoping his side bounce back from the weekend’s disappointing 3-0 defeat to Accrington. Last season Curle led the Cumbrians to a respectable sixth place finish in League Two but crashed out of the plays off to Exeter 6-5 on aggregate in a thriller over two legs. His side currently sit 16th.

The Opponents

The Cumbrians started the summer with the free signings of Bury duo Hallam Hope and Kelvin Etuhu. Formerly of Everton and England U19s, Hope scored four in 21 appearances last campaign on loan from Bury and provides Carlisle with some much-needed fire power.

Likely to partner Hope in attack, Sky Blue fans will remember Shaun Miller who joined the ranks at the Ricoh Arena in 2014 making 12 appearances before heading out on loan to Crawley Town and York City.

Attempting to stop the Sky Blues from finding the net this evening is likely to be defensive duo Gary Liddle and Mark Ellis. Ellis achieved promotion to the Football League last season while on loan at Forest Green Rovers whereas Liddle was relegated with Chesterfield.

Memorable Meeting

Two quickfire strikes from popular Sky Blues duo Leon Clarke and Franck Moussa helped City to a stunning 4-0 victory over Carlisle at Brunton Park in 2014.

Steven Pressley’s side were two-up after just six minutes before goals from Billy Daniels and Clarke again sealed a comfortable victory in front of the travelling Sky Blue Army.

Carlisle did almost find a route back into the game at 2-0, but Joe Murphy’s penalty save told the story of the Cumbrian’s afternoon.

Last Five Meetings

Coventry City 1-2 Carlisle United – 18th Feb 2014 – League One

Carlisle United 0-4 Coventry City – 17th Aug 2013 – League One

Carlisle United 1-0 Coventry City – 13th Jan 2013 – League One

Coventry City 1-2 Carlisle Untied - 22nd Sep 2012 – League One

Carlisle United 0-2 Coventry City – 28th Aug 2006 – League Cup

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REPORT: Coventry City 2-0 Carlisle United - Sky Blues defeat the Cumbrians at the Ricoh

Duckens Nazon and Peter Vincenti on target for the Sky Blues in the second

12 September 2017

The Sky Blues have made it back-to-back wins in SkyBet League Two thanks to a 2-0 win over Carlisle United at the Ricoh.

Duckens Nazon, in for the injured Tony Andreu, gave Mark Robins’ side the lead just after half-time before Peter Vincenti grabbed his first goal for the club with ten minutes to go.

Man of the Match, Tom Davies and Jordan Willis remained solid in defence earning City their fifth clean sheet in just seven games.

The evening’s first chance fell to the visitors. Jamie Devitt’s first touch and volley in the area was brilliantly outshone by Lee Burge’s stunning reflex save to keep it out.

Stuart Beavon made his way into the starting line up to replace the injured Marc McNulty, and tested Carlisle ‘keeper Shamal George early on but his outside of the foot shot was easily saved.

The best chance of the early stages fell to Liam Kelly. The 27-year-old charged forward into the box to strike a Nazon cut back to the penalty spot, but he blazed his effort high into the away end.

Beavon looked the most likely to find the net throughout the first half. Jones’ neat link-up play with Jack Grimmer down the right channel helped to play Beavon into the area again but his effort, destined for the bottom corner, forced a strong save from George.

Nazon was a handful for the Carlisle defenders all afternoon, and opened the scoring just two minutes after the interval. Kelly fed a pin-point ball through the centre of the park for Nazon who showed enough pace and strength to hold off the challenge from Luke Joyce and fire the ball past George. City had the lead.

The Sky Blues should have doubled their lead with twenty minutes to go. Beavon and Jones found themselves two-on-one with only Gary Liddle left at the back for Carlisle. Beavon found Jones with ease but the 19-year-old’s dink over the out-rushing ‘keeper was hooked off the line by Joyce at the final second.

Nevertheless, it did not take long for City to put the game beyond the visitors through Vincenti, bagging his first goal for the club. Jones again caused problems for Danny Grainger and sent a perfectly weighted cross to Vincenti in the area who volleyed past George and into the net. Mark Robins’ side had doubled their lead.

 Yellow: Vincenti, Grainger, Joyce.

Attendance: 6,151 (242)

Teams:

Coventry City XI: Burge (GK), Grimmer, Willis, Davies, Stokes, Kelly, Doyle (C), Vincenti, Nazon (Biamou 58'), Jones, Beavon.

Coventry City Subs: O'Brien (GK), Hyam, Bayliss, Maycock, Dev. Kelly-Evans, Ponticelli.

Carlisle United XI: George (GK), Grainger (C), Joyce, Parkes, Kennedy, Adams (Bennett 64'), Devitt, Ellis (Liddle 68'), Brown, Miller, Etuhu (Hope 76').

Carlisle United Subs: Bonham (GK), Jones, Nabi, Lambe.

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