COVENTRY City were beaten 2-0 by in-form Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night as the Sky Blues’ slim play-off hopes continue to fade.
Goals in either half from Brennan Johnson and James Garner condemned Coventry to defeat at the City Ground.
The result means City sit 12th in the Sky Bet Championship table, trailing the play-off places by eight points with just six matches left to play.
And Forest took the lead with the first meaningful attack of the game on 25 minutes when Johnson finished in off the post from point blank range after Jake Bidwell failed to deal with Jack Colback’s dangerous low ball from the left.
City grew into the contest and forced Brice Samba into an uncertain save when Ben Sheaf let fly with a venomous first time effort from 30-yards out.
However, Forest put the game to bed on 61 minutes when James Garner lashed an effort into the roof of the net from 12-yards out as Simon Moore misread the direction of the shot after some clever footwork from Keinan Davis.
Mark Robins’ side almost found a way back into the game when Gus Hamer’s reverse pass sent Callum O’Hare through only for the midfielder’s shot to be deflected into the hands of a relieved Samba.
Forest came close to adding a third late on when Ryan Yates smashed an effort off the crossbar after City failed to clear their lines at a corner as the Sky Blues endured a tough night in Nottingham.
Coventry are next in action away at league leaders Fulham on Sunday, April 10 with kick-off at 3pm at Craven Cottage.