Guido Burgstaller’s 1st goal for Cardiff helped them progress to second round of the Carling Cup. The Austrian striker who signed from Rapid Vienna in the summer opened his account for the Welsh side before a Ryan Haynes own goal sealed the victory. Coventry substitute Shaun Miller gave the Championship side a scare halving the deficit with 7 minutes to go but Cardiff held on.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a host of changes from their opening day 1-1 draw with Blackburn with Nicky Maynard keeping his place up front after injury problems in recent seasons. Cardiff didn’t take too long to get in their stride, opening the scoring after three minutes. Nicky Maynard did well to hold the ball up on the edge of the box laying the ball off to Burgstaller. The summer signing moved the ball on to his left foot before striking the ball across Lee Burge into the net. Coventry were playing 3-5-2 but were struggling to get at Cardiff’s back four who found the first half easy not being pressed when in possession. Cardiff remained comfortable in their first half but didn’t trouble the Coventry goal apart from a Joe Ralls shot which was saved at the near post.
Danny Pugh was replaced by Ryan Haynes at left wing back and provided an instant impact. The 19 year old defender began to press 10 yards further forward after instructions from boss Steven Prestley. The pressure on the Cardiff defense meant possession was turned over quicker than in the first half with Cardiff struggling to keep the ball. Shaun Miller a summer signing for the Sky Blues after his release from fellow league one side Sheffield United came on with 30 minutes to play. With increased pressing Coventry began to create chances going close on three occasions. Jim O’Brien shooting straight at Moore, Swanson dragging his shot wide after going past two Cardiff defenders and Miller with the best chance after he was found with a raking diagonal ball. The Cardiff defender was caught underneath the ball allowing Miller through on goal, Simon Moore came out putting pressure on Miller who saw his shot go over the bar.
Cardiff introduced Mats Moller Daehli who was a live wire for the visitors on the left wing providing a spark to look for a second goal. The second goal came with 9 minutes to go, a mistake by Jordan Wills allowed Daehli to break behind Coventry defense. Daehli entered the box and played a teasing cross to fellow sub Kadeem Harris. Harris put pressure on Haynes with the Coventry defender putting the ball in his own net. Coventry responded almost instantly with Miller scoring his first goal for the home side. Haynes looking to redeem himself found space on left hand side whipping in a ball to Miller who volleyed home to half the deficit. However the goal was only a consolation for the home side who lost their second game of the season after losing 3-2 away at Bradford on Saturday.
Solskjaer was full of praise of his senior pros helping his young team advance to the second round where they will face Port Vale. The Norwegian manager wanted his team to play with a high tempo and should have had two or three before the break. After half time they took their foot of the pedal allowing Coventry back in the game before link up play between Daehli and Harris.
Cardiff play their first home game of the season when they entertain Huddersfield on Saturday whilst Shaun Miller will come up against his former side when Sheffield United travel to Sixfields.