Crewe Alex slipped to a fifth straight defeat at Coventry City on Saturday.
A first-half strike from Duckens Nazon separated the sides at the Ricoh and the Railwaymen dropped a place to 19th in League Two as a result.
They were second best on the day and showed too little in attack to truly claim that they deserved anything more.
But the Alex stayed in the game until the end and at least showed signs they may be ready to turn the corner, perhaps against lesser opposition.
Manager David Artell made a huge call before the game, ended keeper Ben Garratt’s 114-match consecutive run in the first team to hand Dave Richards his senior bow.
Coventry City heaped more misery on free-falling Crewe Alexandra as they chalked up their third League Two win in the space of eight days – the result coming as the first time they’ve strung three victories together in almost two years.
The Sky Blues took full advantage of the off-colour visitors to inflict their fifth defeat on the trot and, in doing so, rack up their seventh victory out of 11 games so far this season – and fourth on the bounce at the Ricoh Arena.
A single early goal from Duckens Nazon secured the three points in a game in which City make hard work of things at times and were denied by a string of saves from rookie keeper Dave Richards on his senior debut for the visitors.
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The Sky Blues have made it three wins in seven days thanks to a first strike from Duckens Nazon.
The Haiti international's close range effort proved to t he be the difference between the two sides at the Ricoh as City close the gap on the automatic promtion places in SkyBet League Two.
Jodi Jones got the game's only assist after reacting quickest to a ball kept in play by the corner flag as Mark Robins' side make it nine points in seven days.
The game's opener came with a huge stroke of fortune. ones gambled on a ball that looked certain to be heading behind for a goal-kick until it was kept in play by the corner flag. Jones was then in and behind to charge across the byline and into the area where he picked out Nazon to fire home from close range. The Sky Blues had the luckiest of leads.
The goal had shaken the visitors and the following fifteen minutes was simply a Coventry onslaught. Jones came closest to doubling the lead two minutes later but his 25-yard curler came back off the crossbar.
Brad Walker had looked like one of Crewe's better players over the afternoon and he too came close to pulling the visitors level. His free-kick from wide clipped the top of the cross bar as it arrowed over the bar.
Stuart Beavon has missed the last two games with a back injury and almost made an instant impact after coming on in the 72nd minute. The former Burton man turned his marker well to play Nazon in on goal but Alex 'keeper Dave Richards did well to deny Duckens his second.
The change gave City some life in the closing periods. Rod McDonald's effort from long range forced a strong double-save again from Richards with Nazon's rebound also being palmed away. The last action of the afternoon.