Coventry City finally brought an end to a run of three consecutive defeats by managing a 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town. As a result, they have been able to arrest the slide that threatened to pull the club into the relegation dogfight. Coventry were expected to be a challenging for at least the play-off places, but they have encountered a turn in form for the worst since the turn of the year. The possibility of qualifying for the Championship automatically now looks a distant dream, but they can still hope of finishing in the play-offs.
In order to do that, Coventry first needed to bring an end to the run of three consecutive defeats, which started with the 3-0 defeat against Notts County a few weeks ago. Since then, Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers have been able to beat Steven Pressley’s men. The manager was understandably delighted at having managed just a draw against Shrewsbury because it meant that his players could celebrate their first clean sheet in a long time. Pressley says that this performance could ultimately kickstart the campaign. Coventry have played a game less than most of the teams above them.
There are still several matches left in the campaign and Pressley says that he has not given up hope on reaching the play-offs just yet.
“I think the run of disappointing results of late has affected the confidence of the team. In the final third we weren’t as potent as we have been but it was pleasing to end that run and we also kept out first clean sheet since November so it gives us a foundation to build on. We’ve been losing far too many goals, we need to tighten up in that department. The players have been working exceptionally hard and confidence only comes from results,” said Pressley.02.18.14
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Scoring goals has not been a problem for Coventry City this campaign, as the club has managed 52 goals, which is one of the best in the division, from the opening 24 matches. It is because of conceding 42 goals in these matches that they find themselves quite far-off from the play-off position. Coventry are 11th in the table just after New Year’s day and they are six points behind the final play-off position. The possibility of getting promoted back to the Championship still remains a distinct possibility, but manager Steven Pressley is looking to improve the attack even further to ensure that it remains the case.
Pressley has said that he is looking to sign at least two attackers, while also adding one defender to the squad. He has said that five players would be ideal additions, but it will be difficult to make the signings. Pressley says that he has been looking at videos of several players and he expects something concrete to be done over the next few weeks. Even if the club do not sign an attacker between now and the end of January, Coventry may sign at least one defender. Danny Seaborne has been linked heavily with the club and Pressly says that the club are close to agreeing a deal with Yeovil Town.
“Ideally we’d either like to sign two strikers, or one striker and a wide player, so we are trying, we really are. It’s a really aggressive market in January and it makes it very difficult because whenever you inquire about somebody you are one of five looking at the player. I was in on Tuesday looking at a lot of footage of players and Steve Waggott was making a lot of inquires but as yet there’s nothing concrete,” said Pressley on Thursday.12.23.13
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