CIty At The Double


City: Murphy, Dickinson, Cameron,Baker (c), McSheffrey (Fleck 86), Jennings (Thomas 91), Elliott (Moussa 74), Clarke, Christie, Wood,Bailey. Substitutes: J. Clarke, Barton, Dunn, Edjenguele.

Bury:Carson, Skarz, Eastham, Worrall, Schumacher (c), Bishop, Ajose (Fagan 86),  Regan (Jones 60), Zubar, Thompson, Soares (Carole 78).Substitutes:  Carrington, Healy, Belford, Ebanks-Landell. 

HT BFC 0-1 CCFC FT BFC 0-2 CCFC  ATT 3,745

Goals Leon Clarke 3, Carl Baker 72

Booked Skarz, McSheffrey 


After the week from hell, Coventry City were back with a 2-0 win at Bury.

At the end of a week when the Sky Blue roller-coaster plunged even lower depths with a knee injury for Blair Adams, Manager Mark Robins walking out to join Huddersfield and the club, who have muted a new £30m stadium in South Warwickshire, have its bank accounts frozen as the Ricoh Rent row escalates, the Sky Blues set off up the M6 for Bury.

Lee Carsley changed the team and brought in Nathan Cameron at centre half and Carl Dickinson for his debut.

The team were well applauded onto the pitch by the City fans from as far as Ireland and Kent and it was soon cheers all round amongst the City support as City broke from a Richard Wood clearance. The ball was played on the left to Leon Clarke, who kept his cool and stuck the ball past the keeper.

Elliott had one shot blocked and in the sixth minute hit the post with the left footed shot. James Bailey got the rebound twenty yards out and hit a great shot which was scrambled away by a defender a yard off the line.

Bury, who did not include former Sky Blue youngster Jonson Clarke-Harris in their eighteen, countered with a couple of half hearted shots which Joe Murphy dealt with very easily or caused a bit of concern for the few home fans in the West Stand. 

As one City fan who had removed his top in the East Stand was dressed by a female steward, Bury won a 19th minute corner which Nathan Cameron intelligently headed away.

A handball by Skarz gave City a free kick some 24 yards out. Baker hit it low and although the ball bobbled on a tired looking pitch, Carson grabbed at the second attempt.

On the half hour mark, McSheffrey, who had been booked for going through a Bury player, won a corner with a hard hit shot which Carson flapped over.

Just before the break, City conceded two corners followed by a surging run by Cyrus Christie and a low save for Murphy.

City, in their Brazil kit, attacked West Stand for the second half and had an Elliott shot beat away.

Carson beat away shots from McSheffrey and Clarke as City with the lively Stephen Elliott piled on the pressure.

Andy Bishop went close with a header which just grazed the bar in the 64th minute as a Bury fan was escorted out to the left of some of the 1241 City fans in the East Stand quickly followed by a City fan.

The second goal that the City fans wanted finally arrived in the 72nd minute and it was a terrific twenty yarder from Carl Baker which flew went past Carson.

As Moussa came for Stephen Elliott, the City fans decided to ask Mark Robins what the score was. The abuse was short and had been forgotton by the time Carl Dickinson had a shot saved in the 82nd minute.

Kevin Blackwell's side cleared and Nicky Ajose got through. Murphy came out and the ball went past him but Richard Wood was back to clear off the line.

Both sides made their final changes for the final few minutes with Fleck and Thomas coming on for City who were able to celebrate a record ninth away win thanks to a battling performance.