Coventry City 1 Crewe Alexandra 2
Saturday's big League One game at the Ricoh Arena saw Coventry City take on Crewe Alexandra for the third time in the space of a few short weeks after two dramatic games in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Interim manager Lee Carsley was forced into change from the side that hhe had named in his first two games in charge, William Edjenguele returning to the side in place of the injured Richard Wood.
Carsley and Steve Ogrizovic had previously enjoyed two wins out of two with clean sheets in both and their side got off to another good start when in-form Leon Clarke netted for the third successive match in succession.
Having gone 180 minutes creating chance after chance against the same opponents, before finally scoring in injury-time in midweek, perhaps it was inevitable City would net quickly in this one but they were pegged back almost immediately when Mark Ellis equalised.
1-1 at half-time and despite the home side continuing to make opportunities it was Max Clayton who struck the winning goal as Crewe once again left CV6 with a positive result that leaves the Sky Blues facing an even bigger mountain to climb in their to secure a play-off place.
Carsley was critical of the goals conceded by his side as they lost a league game at the Ricoh for the 7th time this season. On such fine margins as a 2-1 scoreline rest the hopes of a caretaker manager and he will know that tough games against promotion candidates Bournemouth and Swindon in the next week will play a big part in his future.
Crewe number two Neil Baker said afterwards: "They are a big club with a lot of good players and for us to come here twice and win has shown how far we have come in a short space of time."
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