Coventry City Out Of Carabao Cup

Last updated : 22 August 2018 By CNS Sport\KM
Oxford United 2-0 Coventry City  
City:  O'Brien, Grimmer, Davies, Brown, Hyam, Sterling (Clarke-Harris 67), Bayliss, Ogogo, Biamou, Hiwula (Shipley 77), Bakayoko (Ponticelli 46) . Subs: Burge, Mason, Willis, Doyle.
Oxford: Mitchell, Garbutt, Norman, Dickie, Branagan, 
White (Mackie 74), Henry (Lopes 74) Obika, Baptiste, Browne (Smith 63), Mushinho. Subs: Shearer, Smith, Ruffles,McMahon, Lopes.
ATT 3,551 (1,003 City)
Goals Marcus Browne 38, Gavin White 50
Coventry City went out of the Carabao Cup at the first time of asking with a poor performance in a 2-0 defeat at Oxford United.
On a sunny evening, some of the Sky Blue Army made the short trip to Oxford for a Carabao Cup First Round tie.
Mark Robins did not tinker too much with the side, making the changes most expected against an Oxford side that had former Sky Blue players Scott Shearer and Josh Ruffles on the bench.
The Sky Blues had a couple of chances go past the far post in the first twenty minutes whilst the home side had three corners as both sides looked to open each other.
Again, the worry was the amount of times possession was conceded too easily with Amadou Bakayoko guilty on a number of occasions.
Tom Bayliss did well again and played a great ball to Hiwula who fired a tame shot at Mitchell in the 32nd minute 
Oxford, who had their manager Karl Robinson booked, took the lead in the 38th minute when Grimmer gave the ball away. It went over to the right and when the cross came in, Marcus Browne headed home.
The second goal came five minutes into the second half when Gavin White was allowed to run through and fire low into the bottom corner past O'Brien with a neat strike.
The City support which numbered just over a thousand,. kept singing and thought they had pulled a goal through Ponticelli, who had replaced Bakayoko at the break. However, it was ruled out for offside.
Tom Davies, who was captaining the side, had a header saved before Robins made his second change taking off loanee from Dujon Sterling, who is clearly still coming to terms with the pace of this level of football and bringing on Jonson Clarke-Harris in the 68th minute.
Grimmer won a corner but that came to nothing so Robins sent on Jordan Shipley for City whose supporters were singing "We've Had A Shot when Tom Bayliss drove at Mitchell in the 77th minute.
Clarke-Harris had a shot cleared away with a header going wide at the other end. 
O'Brien, pushed a Smith shot over for a corner whilst at the other end, the number of cars in the car park was starting to rapidly decrease as distgruntled City supporters started to head for home.
Shipley, who probably should have been on at the break, and Biamou had a couple of late shots and a goal disallowed but they were out of this particular competition.
To be fair, City have no-one but themselves to blame for the defeat and they really learn to stop giving away possession so cheaply,