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Carsley: Sky Blues charge lives on

17 February 2013

Coventry caretaker boss Lee Carsley believes victory at Bury proved the Sky Blues will not let Mark Robins' departure derail their promotion bid.

Robins left to take the Huddersfield hot seat on Thursday but Coventry shrugged off that loss to win 2-0 at Gigg Lane. Goals from Leon Clarke and Carl Baker vindicated Carsley's confidence and pulled his side within five points of the play-off places.

"There wasn't an after-effect," Carsley said. "We've got some good players here and they're playing to their potential. Players are pretty selfish in the respect that they just get on with it and they did that.

"They did themselves justice. They've been accused in the past of not living up to expectations but that was one thing they couldn't be accused of here. We only did two training sessions before the game so the result had nothing to do with me, it was the players."

Clarke got Coventry off to a flyer, scoring within three minutes, and Carsley believes it was crucial.

He said: "It was a great start and I thought Leon did really well. He makes such a difference when he runs around and looks enthusiastic. He causes defenders problems. He's got a really good goalscoring record and needs to keep that up. There were six or seven players you could point out, though."

The Sky Blues survived a couple of scares before sealing victory through a 20-yard drive from Carl Baker. Bury, meanwhile, lacked a cutting edge that had been a big reason for their signing of former Hull striker Craig Fagan, who made his debut as a late substitute.

"Fagan's signing is just to give more firepower if we can," said Bury assistant boss Peter Shirtliff. "We need those extra bodies to add to the squad. This is it now. I don't think we'll sign any more."

Bury currently sit five points adrift of safety in the League One table. "All the games left are tough but some are tougher than others," added Shirtliff. "We're looking at games we can target and games we think we can pick up points from. Being realistic that's what you have to do.

"They're a good side and we caused them problems but didn't take our opportunities and, at the end of the day, that's what you've got to do. We've got to roll our sleeves up and get stuck in against the teams in the bottom nine and we're more than capable of getting results against them."

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