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Barton looking forward to home debut

21 August 2012

Adam Barton hopes the Ricoh support can act as the 12th man...

Sky Blues midfielder Adam Barton is looking forward to his home debut as Coventry prepares to face Sheffield United tonight.

The Irish Under-21 international played a full 90 minutes against Yeovil and he is set to feature again tonight against the Blades.

The midfielder has played at the Ricoh Arena before for Preston North End but he said he is looking forward to playing in the Sky Blue in front of the home support. 

The 21-year old said: “I have played here before when I was playing for Preston. I remember the home support was great and I am looking forward to it.

“It is always a new experience playing in front of your home fans and hopefully we can give them a performance.

“It is important we get off to the right start at home as we want to start as we mean to go on and in a promotion race, your home games are really important.

“We know it will be one of the more difficult games of the season and to play this game early on will be quite a challenge for us, but a challenge we are ready for.”

Sheffield United, along with Coventry, are hotly-tipped to be in the promotion race in League One this season with Danny Wilson’s narrowly missing out on promotion last season.

Former Sky Blue Michael Doyle is expected to play for the Blades against City tonight and Barton believes the squad know exactly what to expect.

He added: “We have a lot of players here who have played against some of their players before so we know what to expect from them.

“They are a good side who like to pass it around a bit so it should be a good football match for the fans. Really though, it is the three points which matter to us.

“They like to play direct and get us on the back-foot as soon as possible. We know that about them so we are prepared.

“Like I said after the game at the weekend, we know we can do better than we did against Yeovil and hopefully the home support will be our 12th man.”


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