Carlisle United slip to another defeat as Coventry strike twice in second half


Coventry City 2 Carlisle Utd 0: Carlisle fell to a second away defeat in four days after Duckens Nazon and Peter Vincenti struck after the break for Coventry.

Nazon broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half when he outpaced the Blues defence to fire Liam Kelly's pass past Shamal George.

And 10 minutes from time, Vincenti volleyed Jodi Jones' cross home to consign United to another miserable afternoon.

It also proved a night to forget for Carlisle's travelling fans, many of whom arrived only at half-time after being caught in heavy traffic following an accident on the M6.

There was also injury woe for the Cumbrians, as defender Mark Ellis went off injured in the second half after taking a blow to the face.

Jamie Devitt closest for Carlisle in a goalless first half.

The midfielder was denied by keeper Lee Burge after being picked out by Nicky Adams in the 11th minute.

A half of few chances continued in the wind and rain at the Ricoh Arena as Keith Curle handed league debuts to George, James Brown and Kelvin Etuhu.

George took the place of Jack Bonham in goal, while Brown started at right-back in place of Tom Miller. Etuhu came in for his first outing in midfield, with Devitt, Shaun Miller and Jason Kennedy also coming into the side amid six changes.

Dropped from the Accrington game along with Bonham and Tom Miller were Mike Jones, Richie Bennett, Hallam Hope and Reggie Lambe.

Right-back Brown got back well to deny Nazon early on, while George made a sharp save from Stuart Beavon.

Kennedy, meanwhile, failed to control a Miller pass as United tried to add a goal to a solid first half display.

The Blues, though, couldn't raise their game after the break and went behind when Nazon went through.

Carlisle's response was paltry despite Curle eventually introducing Bennett and Hope from the bench.

Jones passed up a great chance to make it two when Danny Grainger cleared his shot off the line.

But the hosts remained on top in the second half and Vincenti then made the points safe.

Tom Parkes struck the post and then missed a great headed chance late on but, as at Accrington on Saturday, there was little for the travelling fans to cheer as United slipped to 19th, as wind and rain from Storm Aileen swept the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, Davies, Stokes, Doyle, Kelly, Vincenti, Jones, Beavon (Kelly-Evans 87), Nazon (Biamou 60). Not used: O'Brien, Bayliss, Maycock, Hyam, Ponticelli.

United: George, Brown, Grainger, Ellis (Liddle 68), Parkes, Joyce, Etuhu (Hope 77), Adams (Bennett 65), Kennedy, Devitt, S Miller. Not used: Bonham, Jones, Nabi, Lambe.

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