Carlisle 1-0 Coventry

Leon Clarke

Carlisle prevented Coventry from closing the gap on the League One play-off places with a third successive win at Brunton Park.

Matty Robson stunned the Sky Blues after just 65 seconds, looping in a header from Jon-Paul McGovern's cross.

The visitors almost levelled when Franck Moussa's effort was touched onto a post by Mark Gillespie.

And Leon Clarke squandered a glorious chance to claim a point, messing up his header from two yards out.

The Cumbrians, now nine points above the drop-zone, had to show resolve to hold the visitors at bay but could have doubled their lead in injury time when Robson finished a counter-attack by clipping the bar.

For Mark Robins's side it was only a second defeat in 10 league games, but they remain six points adrift of the play-off places.

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