Vital Report: Coventry 1 Cardiff 2
Cardiff had to avoid a late scare but a place in the second round, where we'll meet Port Vale, of the Capital One Cup was secured on Wednesday with a 2-1 win against Coventry City.
We got off to a dream start with a late goal looking as though it had secured a win but Coventry got an even later goal back but we did enough at Sixfields to get our first win of the 2014/2015 season
Coventry were probably more concerned by the speculation surrounding their manager Steven Pressley before the game, he's become 'odds on favourite' to become the new Huddersfield Town manager after Mark Robins departure last weekend.
OGS, as expected, made plenty of changes from the side that started the Championship season with a draw at Blackburn Rovers last Friday. Matthew Connolly, Aron Gunnarsson and Nicky Maynard were the only ones that started that game to start this one too with Gunnarsson named captain and 18 year old fullback Jazzi Barnum-Bobb given his Bluebirds debut
Guido Burgstaller and Maynard looked like they had the making of a potentially good strike pairing as Maynard's backheel, following good control, gave Burgstaller the chance and he struck his first goal since his summer move Rapid Vienna on his full debut after just four minutes.
The compliment was returned but unlike Burgstaller Maynard wasn't able to hit the target as we dominated early on.
Kim Bo-Kyung and Declan John could have added more before the break, but John's effort was the one that really tested Lee Burge in the Coventry goal as he saved well, he then denied Kim a second time as he turned his curler round the post denying Joe Ralls for a second time too.
Both sets of fans have genuine reason to feel let down and we untied to unveil a banners that read 'let down' both in Northampton Town's ground, and outside it on the hill.
Coventry's most dangerous option for large periods of the game was Josh McQuoid, twice he went fairly close.
Danny Swanson's run and cross to Jordan Clarke really should have brought Coventry a goal but Simon Moore wasn't threatened as the header went into the crowd with Swanson himself then missing a chance and Shaun Miller finishing wastefully.
Those misses costs Coventry but it wasn't until Mats Moller Daehli's late cross from the left wing was put into his own net by Ryan Haynes, under pressure from Kadeem Harris, that a two goal cushion came.
Coventry pulled one back quickly through Miller's volley, but an injury time scare aside when Andy Webster headed just wide, we did enough to get through.