FOOTBALL - Sky Blues exit Carabao Cup after heavy defeat at Pirelli Stadium - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Sky Blues exit Carabao Cup after heavy defeat at Pirelli Stadium

Coventry Editorial 11th Aug, 2022 Updated: 12th Aug, 2022   0

COVENTRY City were dumped out of the Carabao Cup after suffering a 4-1 defeat against Bristol City at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

The Sky Blues failed to recover from a disastrous start that saw them concede three goals in the opening half an hour.

And despite Jamie Allen reducing the deficit, the Robins scored late on to inflict a heavy defeat on Mark Robins’ side in front of 2,680 fans.

City took the decision to move the game to Burton’s ground on Tuesday night with their own pitch still deemed ‘unsafe’ having postponed last weekend’s home match against Rotherham United.

The away side took an early lead when Kal Naismith nodded home at a corner on 12 minutes.

And Tommy Conway doubled Bristol’s lead just six minutes later when he stole in ahead of Callum Doyle before rolling the ball home.

City’s misery was compounded when Conway grabbed his second of the night on the half-hour mark with a deflected strike that found the bottom left corner after Josh Eccles was caught in possession.

The Sky Blues tried to find a way back into the game when Fabio Tavares cut inside of his man and saw a low shot saved by Robins goalkeeper Daniel Bentley low down to his right.

Coventry eventually pulled a goal back on 62 minutes when Allen lashed home a terrific volley into the left corner from substitute Jake Bidwell’s left-wing cross.

And City came close to further reducing the deficit when Martyn Waghorn’s corner was headed onto the roof of the net by Ryan Howley.

The Robins rubbed salt into City’s wounds when Andreas Weimann finished between the legs of Ben Wilson from a tight angle in injury time to confirm the Sky Blues first round exit.

Coventry are next in action away at Millwall on Saturday, August 13 with kick-off at 3pm at The Den.

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