EFL Cup
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Coventry City 1-3 Blackburn Rovers

Tony Mowbray avoided a cup upset against his former club after Blackburn claimed victory at Coventry in the EFL Cup first round

Goals from Corry Evans, Richie Smallwood and Dominic Samuel were enough to ensure a safe passage for the League One side.

Evans opened the scoring when he beat Liam O'Brien with a slightly mis-hit shot from 20 yards out on 17 minutes.

The Sky Blues levelled five minutes later when Duckens Nazon swept home a rebound from close range.

Evans was denied by a smart O'Brien save after 30 minutes when City gave the ball away carelessly.

But there was nothing O'Brien could do two minutes later when Smallwood restored Rovers' lead with another long-range effort.

A superb lunging block by Elliott Ward kept out Nazon's goalbound strike at the start of the second half.

Rovers then wrapped the game up when Samuel finished well to open his Blackburn account after 56 minutes.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 13O'Brien
  • 2Grimmer
  • 15Hyam
  • 5McDonald
  • 34CamwellBooked at 28mins
  • 31Stevenson
  • 26Shipley
  • 22Kelly-EvansSubstituted forBeavonat 62'minutes
  • 18Nazon
  • 11JonesSubstituted forFinnat 75'minutes
  • 9BiamouSubstituted forPonticelliat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Pearson
  • 16Beavon
  • 20Kelly-Evans
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 28Maycock
  • 32Finn
  • 38Ponticelli

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 15Ward
  • 14MulgrewSubstituted forDoyleat 76'minutes
  • 16Caddis
  • 6Smallwood
  • 29EvansBooked at 34minsSubstituted forChapmanat 71'minutes
  • 3Williams
  • 31BennettBooked at 69mins
  • 9SamuelBooked at 53mins
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forGladwinat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chapman
  • 10Graham
  • 11Whittingham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 22Gladwin
  • 28Tomlinson
  • 36Doyle
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
5,372

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home8
Away21
Shots on Target
Home5
Away11
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Stuart Beavon (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Gladwin (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Duckens Nazon (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grimmer (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam O'Brien.

Attempt saved. Jack Doyle (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Paul Caddis (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jack Doyle (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Shipley (Coventry City).

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rod McDonald (Coventry City).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Rod McDonald.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam O'Brien.

Attempt saved. Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Paul Caddis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Finn (Coventry City).

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rod McDonald (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jack Doyle replaces Charlie Mulgrew.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Kyle Finn replaces Jodi Jones.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Duckens Nazon (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Harry Chapman replaces Corry Evans.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Booking

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

Dominic Hyam (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Gladwin replaces Liam Feeney.

Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Ward (Blackburn Rovers).

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