“We know what is required, discussions on short term goals and we know exactly where we need to be.” - Coventry City's Russell Slade

Fri 17 Feb 2017
Author: Laura Hunter

The Sky Blues face two successive home games in their battle for survival...

The Sky Blues manager has called for an improvement to his sides resilience, following the 93rd minute equaliser conceded against Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

City host Gillingham tomorrow afternoon, who are on a run of five score draws in previous weeks, under new boss Ady Pennock.

Slade said: “Mental scars can’t last for more than 24 hours, that is what you have to get used to as a footballer.

“As a manager, you can’t control what has already happened, but what you can do is affect Saturday. We need a strong performance, a strong reaction and find a way to win. 

“We talk to them individually, and collectively over the short period of time between Tuesday and Saturday. I think they felt they were in control, and felt good about that, against a difficult awkward side away from home.”

Whilst City broke their recent losing streak, they weren’t able to keep hold of all the points on offer midweek, and the manager would like to see his squad use the point gained as a springboard against Saturday’s visitors.

He added: “You are angry, it was an opportunity missed. There was a lot of fortune with their goal, but that is what it is like struggling at the bottom. It is good to be angry, how do you harness that and use that in your preparation. It can be a force.

“There are more characters in the squad, Nathan Clarke has been a man mountain. You can see what type of character he is. A good type, and does it right on the pitch.

“Young players ought to and need to listen to players like that [Yakubu]. We’re building up his fitness levels, he played a valuable 25 minutes Tuesday and we’ll build on that.” 

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