Championship side Cardiff knocked League One Coventry out of the Capital One Cup at Northampton's Sixfields Stadium.

Guido Burgstaller's low finish gave the Bluebirds an early lead.

Cardiff looked to have sealed victory when Coventry defender Ryan Haynes turned Mats Moller Daehli's cross into his own net.

But Sky Blues striker Shaun Miller converted a Haynes cross to ensure a nervy ending for the Welsh club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side dominated early on and pressed high up the pitch when they were without the ball, making it difficult for Steven Pressley's side to break out of their own half.

Magnus Wolff Eikrem's long pass over the top of the Coventry defence found Nicky Maynard, who played the ball into the path of Burgstaller to shoot low into the corner to put Cardiff ahead.

Solskjaer's side struggled to make their dominance count and Coventry came back into it towards the end of the match.

They should have drawn level 13 minutes from time when Miller blasted the ball over the bar with just Cardiff goalkeeper Simon Moore to beat.

Three minutes from time it looked as if Cardiff's passage to the second round was safe, when full-back Haynes hit the ball high into his own goal, under pressure from Cardiff's Kadeem Harris.

But 90 seconds later Haynes made amends crossing the ball for Miller to fire past Moore.

Cardiff now face League One Port Vale in the second round.

Coventry manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"We were a little bit nervous in the early part of the game, and we didn't quite get the balance right between staying and pressing, and we got picked off on a few occasions, but I thought we grew into the game.

"I thought we were really good in the second half, I thought we got the balance right, and I think we look a danger on the break, I really do.

"We have to win games of football, but when you look over the piece, I think there's a lot to be encouraged about."

(On being linked to the Huddersfield managerial vacancy): "It's obviously flattering to be linked with such a job, but I am truly happy at this football club.

"I really enjoy it, I've started what I believe is a long journey in terms of the development of this club. There's a lot of work to be done over the coming years and I certainly hope I'll be here to see it through."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Coventry City

  • 01 Burge
  • 24 Clarke
  • 03 Pugh (Haynes - 51' )
  • 27 Finch
  • 04 Webster
  • 02 Willis
  • 17 Daniels (Miller - 62' )
  • 07 Fleck
  • 09 McQuoid (Maddison - 69' )
  • 10 Swanson
  • 11 O'Brien

Substitutes

  • 06 Thomas
  • 15 Miller
  • 18 Phillips
  • 23 Allsop
  • 26 Haynes
  • 28 Lawton
  • 36 Maddison

Cardiff City

  • 33 Moore
  • 55 Barnum-Bobb (Harris - 66' )
  • 12 John
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 28 Théophile-Catherine
  • 16 Connolly Booked
  • 30 Burgstaller (Daehli - 66' )
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 23 Maynard
  • 13 Kim Bo-kyung (O'Sullivan - 84' )
  • 21 Ralls

Substitutes

  • 20 Daehli
  • 35 Velikonja
  • 40 Harris
  • 42 Wilson
  • 44 James
  • 45 O'Sullivan
  • 53 Owen
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 1,382

Match Stats

Shots

9 14

On target

3 8

Corners

2 10

Fouls

4 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Coventry City 1, Cardiff City 2.

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Cardiff City 2.

90:00 +2:51

Attempt missed. Andy Webster (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +2:26

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

90:00 +1:59

Danny Swanson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:59

Foul by Tommy O'Sullivan (Cardiff City).

86:57

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

86:31

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:58

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Haynes.

83:40

Attempt saved. Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

83:17

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

83:17

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Tommy O'Sullivan replaces Kim Bo-Kyung.

82:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Coventry City 1, Cardiff City 2. Shaun Miller (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Haynes with a cross.

81:34

James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:34

Foul by Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City).

80:46 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Ryan Haynes, Coventry City. Coventry City 0, Cardiff City 2.

78:55

Foul by Shaun Miller (Coventry City).

78:55

Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:46

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

76:52

Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

75:38

James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:38

Foul by Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City).

74:35

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

74:01

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner.

72:21

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

71:40

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by John Fleck.

71:08

Attempt blocked. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:30

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Kadeem Harris.

69:01

Attempt saved. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

68:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. James Maddison replaces Josh McQuoid.

68:05

Foul by Shaun Miller (Coventry City).

68:05

Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Jazzi Barnum-Bobb.

65:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Mats Daehli replaces Guido Burgstaller.

62:33

Attempt missed. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

61:55

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:55

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

61:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Shaun Miller replaces Billy Daniels.

58:32

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jack Finch.

56:25

Attempt missed. Josh McQuoid (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

54:42

Attempt saved. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

53:38

Hand ball by Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City).

52:49

Attempt missed. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

50:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Haynes replaces Danny Pugh.

48:40

Attempt saved. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

48:16

Attempt saved. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Coventry City 0, Cardiff City 1.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Coventry City 0, Cardiff City 1.

43:06

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jack Finch.

42:28

Danny Swanson (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:28

Foul by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Cardiff City).

38:15

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City).

38:15

Jack Finch (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:28

Delay in match Josh McQuoid (Coventry City) because of an injury.

26:30

Attempt saved. Josh McQuoid (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

26:10

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Lee Burge.

25:53

Attempt saved. Declan John (Cardiff City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

22:39

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by John Fleck.

21:21

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

19:08 Booking

Booking Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

19:00

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

19:00

Josh McQuoid (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:01

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

16:39

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

16:39

Danny Swanson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:59

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

12:08

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Andy Webster.

9:37

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

8:35

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

4:59

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City).

4:59

Jack Finch (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Coventry City 0, Cardiff City 1. Guido Burgstaller (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.

1:41

Foul by Josh McQuoid (Coventry City).

1:41

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:43

Danny Pugh (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:43

Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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