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Loan star Martin wins Carsley's plaudits

27 February 2013

Coventry's caretaker manager Lee Carsley praised new loan signing Aaron Martin after his team sent Bournemouth spinning to their third successive defeat, 2-0 at the Goldsands Stadium.

Martin signed for Coventry on loan from Southampton at the start of the week and was outstanding in a resolute Coventry defence.

Carsley said: "Aaron comes from Southampton so it was almost a local derby for him. He had been with us only for one training session, but he coped superbly.

"Overall we were compact, resilient and played with plenty of courage. We had a game-plan and it worked well from start to finish. We had to have that mentality and that comes from going away and winning. We have done that 10 times now.

"I'm still gutted at losing to Crewe on Saturday, but we did not panic here. I told the players exactly what would happen at Bournemouth and how they would play against us and so it proved. Our two central defenders Aaron Martin and Nathan Camderon were outstanding, but it was a great team effort."

Bournemouth wasted several clear first-half openings with Matt Tubbs and Lewis Grabban the worst culprits and paid the penalty when Coventry took the lead in the 45th minute as Leon Clarke converted his 20th goal of the season with a left-footed shot.

In the 84th minute Grabban handled a free-kick in the penalty area and Carl Baker easily converted the spot kick to complete Coventry's win. Bournemouth forced 17 corners to Coventry's three, but for all their pressure visiting goalkeeper Joe Murphy was called on to make only one top save from Tubbs' volley.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said he had been pleased with his team's performance despite the result.

"I thought we were very good," Howe said. "We had the majority of pressure, worked hard, but the ball did not fall for us in front of goal. We had some great chances early on and on another day we might have got five or six. It just did not happen for us.

"I would have been more unhappy if we had not created the chances, but we did. We are going through one of those spells and we have to accept it. I'm sure people will write us off, but we firmly believe we have a good squad and a good chance. Results can be deceiving. We have played a lot worse this season and won."

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