Managerless Coventry City made light of Mark Robins' midweek departure with victory for caretaker boss Lee Carsley against Bury at Gigg Lane.

Striker Leon Clarke found the bottom right corner to set them on their way in the third minute, with his fifth goal since arriving in January.

Bury's David Worrall tested Joe Murphy with a stinging volley before Andy Bishop missed a great chance to level.

But Carl Baker fired home from the edge of the box to seal victory late on.

Coventry, beaten at home in their previous two outings prior to Huddersfield-bound Robins' resignation, could have won by a bigger margin against struggling Bury.

The Sky Blues were ahead when Clarke shrugged off a challenge from Ashley Eastham before rifling a powerful finish through Trevor Carson's legs for his 15th League One strike of the campaign.

Stephen Elliott also blasted against a post, while James Bailey was denied on the line by Joe Skarz.

Home keeper Carson denied both Gary McSheffrey and Clarke after the break before Baker settled the outcome on 72 minutes with a low finish from 20 yards to help lift his side back to within five points of the play-offs.

Coventry had on-loan Watford defender Carl Dickinson making his debut at left-back, as Blair Adams faces a month out with a knee strain.

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Bury assistant manager Peter Shirtliff told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was a difficult one being 1-0 down after three minutes, and from a goal out of nothing really.

"After that, we got back in the game and always looked in the game, without really creating a clear-cut opening.

"We didn't test the keeper as much as we would have liked."

Coventry caretaker manager Lee Carsley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"The players have done themselves justice. They were outstanding.

"Today had nothing to do with me. It was about the players. You can see the quality we've got.

"It's felt a bit weird over the past few days. It's something I've been preparing for, something I wasn't expecting, but I've enjoyed today.

"We said it was a short term thing, so that's it. The players are playing to their potential, and they're selfish in the respect that they just get on with it which is what they've done."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Bury

  • 01 Carson
  • 03 Skarz Booked
  • 06 Eastham
  • 19 Regan (Jones - 61' )
  • 24 Zubar
  • 07 Worrall
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 32 Thompson
  • 35 Soares (Carole - 78' )
  • 10 Bishop
  • 15 Ajose (Fagan - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Belford
  • 34 Ebanks-Landell
  • 09 Jones
  • 13 Carrington
  • 37 Carole
  • 25 Healy
  • 31 Fagan

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 05 Cameron
  • 21 Christie
  • 24 Wood
  • 08 Baker
  • 12 Jennings (Thomas - 90' )
  • 38 Bailey
  • 11 McSheffrey Booked (Fleck - 87' )
  • 14 Elliott (Moussa - 74' )
  • 15 Clarke

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 02 Clarke
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 04 Thomas
  • 10 Fleck
  • 16 Barton
  • 32 Moussa
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 3,745

Match Stats

Shots

14 17

On target

7 13

Corners

5 1

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:15

Steven Schumacher takes a shot. Conor Thomas gets a block in.

90:00 +0:54 Substitution

Substitution Conor Thomas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Jennings.

88:59

Foul by Craig Fagan on Richard Wood, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

87:54

Leon Clarke is adjudged to have handled the ball. Trevor Carson takes the direct free kick. Sebastien Carole takes a shot.

85:35

Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

85:35 Substitution

Substitution Gary McSheffrey leaves the field to be replaced by John Fleck.

85:35 Substitution

Substitution Craig Fagan is brought on as a substitute for Nick Ajose.

85:35

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Bishop.

84:21

Joe Skarz concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Baker. Cyrus Christie takes the free kick. James Bailey takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson.

82:02

Carl Dickinson takes a shot. Trevor Carson makes a save.

81:08

Cyrus Christie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Carole. Steven Schumacher takes the direct free kick.

77:29

Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

77:29 Substitution

Substitution Sebastien Carole comes on in place of Tom Soares.

77:29

Tom Soares gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cyrus Christie.

75:39

Gary McSheffrey has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

73:46 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Elliott leaves the field to be replaced by Franck Moussa.

72:12

Stephen Elliott provided the assist for the goal.

72:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Carl Baker - Bury 0 - 2 Coventry Carl Baker finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bury 0-2 Coventry.

71:24

Effort from outside the penalty box by Cyrus Christie goes wide left of the goal.

69:41

The referee blows for offside against Leon Clarke. Free kick taken by Trevor Carson.

67:49

Inswinging corner taken by Joe Skarz from the right by-line, Zac Thompson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

66:29

Craig Jones is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

65:31

The referee blows for offside. Trevor Carson takes the indirect free kick.

64:50

Andy Bishop produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

64:30

Foul by Cyrus Christie on Tom Soares, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Trevor Carson.

60:05

Direct free kick taken by Trevor Carson.

60:05 Substitution

Substitution Craig Jones is brought on as a substitute for Carl Regan.

60:05

Foul by Carl Baker on David Worrall, free kick awarded.

56:44

Leon Clarke takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Eastham. Unfair challenge on Tom Soares by Cyrus Christie results in a free kick. Centre by Carl Baker, Header from close range by Leon Clarke clears the bar. Carl Dickinson challenges David Worrall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Schumacher takes the free kick.

54:27

Leon Clarke takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson.

53:45

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson.

51:24

David Worrall delivers the ball, Carl Dickinson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Skarz, Header from close in by Ashley Eastham misses to the left of the goal.

50:20

Zac Thompson takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Jennings.

48:13

James Bailey takes a shot. Trevor Carson makes a save.

46:03

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Skarz.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:38

Leon Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Regan. Direct free kick taken by Carl Regan.

45:00 +0:26

Nick Ajose takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

43:33

Andy Bishop takes a shot. Carl Baker gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Zac Thompson from the right by-line, Joe Skarz takes a shot. Cyrus Christie gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher.

42:30

Zac Thompson fouled by James Bailey, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Eastham takes the direct free kick.

40:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker by Zac Thompson. Free kick taken by Nathan Cameron.

40:03

Andy Bishop is caught offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

38:33

The referee gives a free kick against Nathan Cameron for handball. Direct free kick taken by Joe Skarz.

37:10

Joe Skarz fouled by Cyrus Christie, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Trevor Carson.

35:42

Steven Schumacher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, Ashley Eastham makes a clearance. Effort on goal by Steven Jennings from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

34:53

Andy Bishop is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

33:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Baker on Joe Skarz. Joe Skarz restarts play with the free kick.

32:24

Carl Baker concedes a free kick for a foul on Zac Thompson. Trevor Carson restarts play with the free kick.

28:41

Carl Regan challenges Gary McSheffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carl Baker restarts play with the free kick. A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, save by Trevor Carson. Carl Baker takes a inswinging corner.

27:05

Trevor Carson takes the direct free kick. David Worrall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

27:05 Booking

Booking Caution for Gary McSheffrey.

27:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on David Worrall.

25:57

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson.

24:38

The offside flag is raised against Carl Regan. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

22:07

Zac Thompson takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

20:14

Carl Baker produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Trevor Carson.

20:14 Booking

Booking Joe Skarz receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

20:10

The referee gives a free kick against Joe Skarz for handball.

18:50

Tom Soares delivers the ball, Cyrus Christie gets a block in. Corner taken by Steven Schumacher from the left by-line, Nathan Cameron manages to make a clearance. Effort from long distance by David Worrall goes wide right of the target.

17:24

Joe Skarz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker. Free kick taken by Carl Baker.

13:40

Zac Thompson fouled by James Bailey, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Eastham restarts play with the free kick.

11:38

Nick Ajose produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

11:11

David Worrall takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

9:50

Effort from just outside the area by Tom Soares goes over the target.

7:56

Unfair challenge on James Bailey by Steven Schumacher results in a free kick. Steven Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

5:55

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Stephane Zubar manages to make a clearance.

4:01

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson. The official flags Andy Bishop offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

2:27

The assist for the goal came from Carl Dickinson.

2:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Clarke - Bury 0 - 1 Coventry Leon Clarke finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bury 0-1 Coventry.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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